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 historical consciousness as a concept to approach historiographical texts. This is examplified in a case study on the Sri Lankan Buddhist Nalāṭadhātuvaṃsa.

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.