Anja-Maria Bassimir, M.A.

wiss. Mitarbeiterin (DFG-Stelle), Abteilung Scheiding

I am a historian and religious studies scholar. My focus is on late-modern and contemporary history of the United States, with a particular emphasis on religious history, periodical cultures, and social history.

I completed doctoral work at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster focusing on evangelicalism in the United States. I am currently preparing my dissertation, The Evangelicalism Project: Visions of Spiritual Community in Evangelical Magazines during the 1970s and 1980s (Münster, 2016), for publication.

In my current project, I am researching the transnational social history of labor unions and employers’ associations. The project examines the ethno-racial dynamics within the American trade union movement and business associations, highlighting their positions on migration policy and commitment to welfare benefits like a state pension. The study examines the transnational links between individual groups and organizations and their counterparts abroad.

I am part of the research group “Un/doing Differences: Practices in Human Differentiation,” which analyzes how people differentiate themselves and are being differentiated. The interdisciplinary group asks how distinctions emerge, how categories and classifications are created, how they are perpetuated, and under what circumstances they dissolve. As part of this group, Prof. Oliver Scheiding and I explore the role religious periodicals play in producing and perpetuating religion as a difference that matters or sense of belonging and identity people choose to ascribe to. In a first stage of research (“Pluralism, Boundary-Making, and Community-Building in North-American Religious Periodicals,” 2013-2016), we focused on the production of religious differences through content analyses of US-American evangelical magazines. At the current stage (“Enterprising Evangelicalism: Distinction and Inclusion in Contemporary American Christian Religious Periodicals,” 2016-2019), the project focuses on mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion in religious magazines understood as enterprises. We are interested not only in the content of magazines but in magazines as a whole, including the people and technologies involved in producing them. As part of our research on un/doing differences, Prof. Scheiding and I organized the lecture series “Religion and Media” (summer 2014), the international conference “Religious Press and Print Culture” (November 2014), and a workshop on religion and new media with Prof. Heidi Campbell (June 2016). An edited volume, The Press and the Pulpit (2017), was published by Cambridge Scholars. We are planning another workshop and edited volume on “Keeping the Faith: Glaube und Journalismus” for 2019.

I studied history, religious studies, and American studies in Germany and the United States. I received a BA degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, USA and an MA degree from Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. In November 2016, I defended my PhD thesis at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster. From April 2010 to April 2013, I worked as lecturer (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in the department of History at the University of Münster. In May 2013, I joined DFG research group Un/doing Differences at the University of Mainz. I am a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGfA) and the Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW).

 

Publications

Bassimir, Anja-Maria. The Evangelicalism Project: Visions of Spiritual Community in Evangelical Magazines during the 1970s and 1980s (Dissertation). In preparation.

Bassimir, Anja-Maria. “Combating Caustic Communication with Truth and Beauty: Christianity Today, Beautiful Orthodoxy, and US-Culture.” Eds. Stefan Gelfgren and Daniel Lindmark. Strong Religion and Mainstream Culture: Opposition, Negotiation, and Adaption. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming.

Bassimir, Anja-Maria. “Definition – Macht – Evangelikal: Standortbestimmung zum gegenwärtigen US-amerikanischen Evangelikalismus.” Amerikastudien/ American Studies, Vol. 63 (2018), forthcoming.

Bassimir, Anja-Maria and Kathrin Kohle. “Evangelikale und Massenmedien, Strukturen in den USA.” Eds. Frederik Elwert et al. Handbuch Evangelikalismus. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2017. 409-423.

Scheiding, Oliver and Anja-Maria Bassimir, eds. The Press and the Pulpit: Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts. Cambridge Scholars. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017. pp. 204 and Illustrations.

Bassimir, Anja-Maria. “Evangelical Magazines in a Digital Age.” Eds. Oliver Scheiding and Anja-Maria Bassimir. The Press and the Pulpit: Religious Periodicals and Publishing in Transnational Contexts. Cambridge Scholars. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017. 145-167.

Bassimir, Anja-Maria. “Worshipping Washington: Evangelikale und Zivilreligion.” Eds. Heike Bungert and Jana Weiß. Zivilreligion in den USA im 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2017. 291-318.

Scheiding, Oliver and Anja-Maria Bassimir. “Religion – Schrift – Differenz: Materialität und Presseforschung im Spiegel evangelikaler Zeitschriften der USA.” Eds. Herbert Kalthoff et al. Materialität: Herausforderung für die Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2016. 325-342.

 

 

Teaching

I have taught courses in US history and cultural studies, including Cultural Studies I, and courses focusing, for example, on evangelicalism, religion and media, conservatism, women’s history, and social movements.

Contact

Anja-Maria Bassimir, M.A.
SB II
Colonel-Kleinmann-Weg 2
Room 04-444

Phone: +49-6131-39-27290
bassimir@uni-mainz.de

Office hours: by appointment

 

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