Dr. Heinz Scheifinger

Dr. Heinz Scheifinger
Dr. Heinz Scheifinger, Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, Fall 2017
PhD in Sociology –University of Warwick, UK
MA in Sociology – University of Essex, UK
BA (First Class Honours) in Sociology – University of Reading, UK

Dr. Scheifinger is Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology who joined AUW for Fall Semester 2017. He is teaching courses in the Core Program and PPE. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Keimyung University, South Korea and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He was Lecturer in Sociology-Anthropology for three years at the University of Brunei Darussalam, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).



Religion in Contemporary Society
Global Social Movements



Academic Interests:
Sociology of Religion; Religion and Digital Media; Hinduism (especially contemporary Hinduism); Globalisation; Internet Studies; New Technology and Society; Social Media Use; Diasporas/Transnationalism; Classical and Contemporary Social Theory; Qualitative Research Methods; Online Research Methods; Sociology of the Body



Book Chapters:

Scheifinger, H. (forthcoming) ‘Online Hinduism’, in Brekke, T. (ed.), Modern Hinduism, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Scheifinger, H. (forthcoming, 2017) ‘The Significance of Non-Participatory Digital Religion: The Saiva Siddhanta Church and the Development of a Global Hinduism’, in Balaji, M. and Juluri, V. (eds.), Routledge Anthology on New Media and Hinduism, Lexington: Lanham.

Scheifinger, H. (2016) ‘Studying Digital Hinduism’, in Cheruvallil-Contractor, S. and Shakkour, S. (eds.), Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion, Bloomsbury Academic: London, 71-81.

Scheifinger, H. (2015) ‘New Technology and Change in the Hindu Tradition: The Internet in Historical Perspective’, in Keul, I. (ed.), Asian Religions, Technology and Science, Routledge: London, 153-168.

Scheifinger, H. (2014) ‘Online Connections, Online Yatras: The Role of the Internet in the Creation and Maintenance of Links between Advaita Vedanta Gurus in India and their Devotees in the Diaspora’, in Sahoo, A.K. and de Kruijf, J.G. (eds.), Indian Transnationalism Online: New Perspectives on Diaspora, Ashgate: Farnham, 103-119.

Scheifinger, H. (2013) ‘Hindu Worship Online and Offline’, in Campbell, H. (ed.), Digital Religion – Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, Routledge: London, 121-127.

Scheifinger, H. (2012) ‘Conceptualizing Hinduism’, in Sahoo, A.K., Baas, M. and Faist, T. (eds.), Indian Diaspora and Transnationalism, Rawat Publications: Jaipur, 252-270.

Scheifinger, H. (2012) ‘Hinduism and Hyper-Reality’, in Possamai, A. (ed.), Handbook of Hyper-Real Religions, Brill: Leiden, 299-318.


Encyclopedia entry:

Scheifinger, H. (2012) ‘Internet’, in Jacobsen, K.A., Basu, H., Malinar, A. and Narayanan, V. (eds.), Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Volume IV), Brill: Leiden, 700-706.


Book reviews:

Scheifinger, H. (2016) ‘Webcam’ by Miller, D. &Sinanan, J., Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22 (3): 752-753.

Scheifinger, H. (2016) ‘Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus’ by Grieve, G.P. & Veidlinger, D., Journal of Contemporary Religion 31 (1): 151-153.



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