Prof. Dr. Andreas Heuser, Forschungsdekan/Dean of Research

Professor für Aussereuropäisches Christentum/Extra-European Christianity

Heuberg 12
CH - 4051 Basel

Office phone
+41 (0)61 207 17 30

Urgent Call / Scholarship in African Christianity (19 January 2017):

The Basel Graduate Network African Studies (affiliated to the Centre of African Studies) at the University of Basel offers a new scholarship program (3 years, PhD standards) including ONE scholarship in the field of African Christianity.

Applications of excellent students holding a masters degree will be welcomed!

Some areas of interest are for instance: (Basel) Mission History / Pentecostalism / African Initiated Churches / Public Theologies

Deadline: 19 February!

For further informations please follow this link:


immediate past conference:

  • African Christianities and / in Development Cooperation, Accra, 21-26 January 2017

Latest News

recent publications (selected):

  • A. Heuser, Charting African Prosperity Gospel economies, HTS Theological Studies 72  (Special issue), December 2016.
  • A. Heuser, Prisms, Mirrors, and Refractions: There-Centric Perceptions of Basel Mission History in Ghana, in: Hock, Klaus (ed.): The power of interpretation: imagined authenticity - appropriated identity. Conflicting Discourses on New Forms of African Christianity, 2016, 149-171.
  • A. Heuser, Umkehrmission"-vom Abgesang eines Mythos, Interkulturelle Theologie, 1/2016
  • A. Heuser (ed.), Pastures of Plenty. Tracing Religio-Scapes of Prosperity Gospel in Africa and Beyond, Frankfurt, 2015
  • A. Heuser (guest editor), Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa, Nova Religio (University of California)(Special issue), NR 18/3, 2015

recent international conferences / Guest Lectures (selected, 2016):

  • Does Religion Make a Difference? Discourses and Activities of Religious Development NGOs, November 9-11, 2016
  • African Initiated Chruches and Development, University of Pretoria, 18-20 May 2016
  • guest lecture: "Satan auf dem Marktplatz"-Pentekostale Öffentliche Theologien in Afrika, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 18. April 2016
  • workshop: “Religion and Sustainable Development in Ghana“ -Joint workshop, Dptm. for the Study of Religion, University of Ghana (Legon) / Fac. of Theology, Basel University, Legon, February 10-11, 2016

Research Topics

  • Religions-, Kirchen- und Missionsgeschichte Afrikas / African church and mission history
  • Afrikanische Unabhängige Kirchen und (globale) Pfingstbewegung / AIC and (global) Pentecostal movement
  • Migrationskirchen / migrant Christianity
  • Theorien der kulturellen Globalisierung / theorizing cultural globalization
  • Religion und sozialer Wandel / religion and social change
  • Kooperationprojekte mit der University of Ghana, Legon und University of Cape Coast, Ghana: Religion and sustainable Development in Ghana

Memberships And Tributes

  • Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik/Centre for Religion, Economics and Politics: Leitung Forschungskolleg/Research Projet (2015-16): Religion and Development in the Global South
  • Zentrum für Afrikastudien/Center for African Studies (Universität Basel)
  • Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie (Interkulturelle Theologie/Rel.wiss.)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Missionswissenschaft/German Ass. of Mission Sudies  (Verwaltungsrat/board member)
  • BIGSAS (Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
  • German Association of African Studies (VAD)
  • Swiss Association of African Studies (SGAS)
  • Yale-Edinburgh research group on World Christianity
  • GloPent (Global Pentecostalism; steering committee)
  • IAK Pfingstbewegung (Interdisziplinärer Arbeitskreis Pfingstbewegung)
  • International Theological Institute/All Africa Conference of Churches