Background and activities

Ann-Kathrin Bretfeld-Wolf was trained in Religious Studies at the Center of Religious Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum and wrote her masterthesis about self-immolations by fire in contemporary Tibet. Currently she is a member of the Research School "Authoritative Texts and Their Reception."

In her PhD  project she is investigating the creation of sacred space in Buddhist historiographical texts––vaṃsa literature. Taking the Mahābodhivaṃsa and Dhātuvaṃsa as case studies, the specific focus in her work lies on the "canonisation" and transmission of narrative models and their role in the dynamics of spatial identity building in premodern Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. 

Her research interests comprise Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Material Culture, Global History, Theories of (Sacred) Space, Historical Narratives, Buddhism in Germany, and New Methods in the Teaching of Sanskrit.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Bretfeld-Wolf, Ann-Kathrin. (2015) Die zivilgesellschaftlichen Potentiale von thailändisch-buddhistischen Zentren. Religiöse Netzwerke. Die zivilgesellschaftlichen Potentiale religiöser Migrantengemeinden.