Professors
Heinz Scheifinger
Title
Associate Professor
Nationality
British
Institute
Zayed University, UAE
Expertise in
The Sociology of Religion, Religion (especially Hinduism) and Digital Media
Other Reference
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Experience

Major Achievements

(Publications)

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

Scheifinger, H. (2018) ‘The Significance of Non-Participatory Digital Religion: The Saiva Siddhanta Church and the Development of a Global Hinduism’, in Balaji, M. (ed.), Digital Hinduism: Dharma and Discourse in the Age of New Media, Lexington: Lanham, 3-23.

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.

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.

Scheifinger, H. (2010) ‘Internet Threats to Hindu Authority: Puja Ordering Websites and the Kalighat Temple’, Asian Journal of Social Science 38 (4): 636-656.

Scheifinger, H. (2010) ‘Om-line Hinduism: World Wide Gods on the Web’, Australian Religion Studies Review 23 (3): 325-345.

Scheifinger, H. (2010) ‘Hindu Embodiment and the Internet’, Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet 4 (1): 196-219.

Scheifinger, H. (2009) ‘The Jagannath Temple and Online Darshan’, Journal of Contemporary Religion 24 (3): 277-290.

Scheifinger, H. (2008) ‘Hinduism and Cyberspace’, Religion 38 (3): 233-249.

Scheifinger, H. (2008) ‘Researching Religion on the WWW: Identifying an Object of Study for Hinduism’, Methodological Innovations Online 2 (3): 30-49.

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.

Others

Teaching:

2018 – ‘Critical Thinking’, third-year undergraduate course, Dept. of Social Studies, ZU. Responsible for course preparation and all aspects of delivery and evaluation.

2018 – ‘Comparative Intellectual Traditions’, third-year undergraduate course, Dept. of Social Studies, ZU. Responsible for course preparation and all aspects of delivery and evaluation.

2017 – ‘Religion in Contemporary Society’, first-year undergraduate course, Core Curriculum, AUW. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2017 – ‘Global Social Movements’, third-year undergraduate course, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Major/Development Studies Minor, AUW. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2017 – ‘Global Social Movements’, postgraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2017 & 2016 – ‘Sociology of Religion’, third-year undergraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2017 & 2016 – ‘Sociology of the Body’, fourth-year undergraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2016 – ‘Religion in the Contemporary World’, postgraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2016 – ‘The Origins of Sociology’, postgraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2016 & 2015 – ‘Sociology of Work and Organization’, third-year undergraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2016 & 2015 – ‘Reading Key Texts of Sociology’, second-year undergraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2015 – ‘Doing Ethnography’, postgraduate course, Dept. of Sociology, KMU, Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2015 & 2014 – ‘Work and Society’, multi-year undergraduate course, Dept. of General Studies, KFUPM. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2013 – ‘Advanced Social Theory’, final-year undergraduate course, FASS, UBD. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2013 – ‘Understanding Culture’, first-year undergraduate course, FASS, UBD. Responsible for preparation of lectures and their delivery, and for evaluation.

2013 – ‘Society, Culture and Economy’, second-year undergraduate course, FASS, UBD. Responsible for preparation of lectures and their delivery, and for evaluation.

2013, 2012 & 2011– ‘Social Thought’, final-year/second-year undergraduate course, FASS, UBD. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2013, 2012 & 2011 – ‘Social Research Methods I & II’, final-year undergraduate courses, FASS, UBD. Responsible for preparation of lectures and their delivery, and the supervision and evaluation of students’ research projects. Coordinator for both courses in 2013.

2012 & 2011 – ‘Contemporary Social Theory’, final-year undergraduate course, FASS, UBD. Solely responsible for all aspects of course preparation, delivery and evaluation.

2012 – ‘Arts and Social Sciences for University Study’, ‘UniBridge’ course, FASS, UBD. Responsible for preparation of lectures and their delivery, and for evaluation.

2011 – ‘Our Community’, undergraduate course, PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, UBD. Responsible for preparation of lectures (on the Sociology of Health and Illness) and their delivery.

2009 – ‘Religion in the Contemporary World’, postgraduate course, Department of Sociology, NUS. Prepared and delivered lectures and conducted classes on Religion and the Internet.

2006 – ‘Global Social Movements’, undergraduate course, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. Contributed to evaluation of students’ performance.

Visiting Scholar Position:

2012-2013 – Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore