Dr. Paula Arana Barbier 

Max-Weber-Institut für Soziologie
Universität Heidelberg
Bergheimer Str. 58
69115 Heidelberg

Kontakt
Telefon: 6221-54 2999
Raum: 03.029
paula.arana@mwi.uni-heidelberg.de

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Bio

Paula Arana Barbier is a Post-Doctoral Fellow under the Freigeist Project at the Max-Weber-Institute-for-Sociology. She is a political scientist with a bachelor's degree from the University of Freiburg (B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Major in Governance) and a master's and PhD from the University of Salamanca (M.A in Political Sciences and PhD in Rule of Law and Global Governance specialised in Comparative Politics)

Research

Paula focuses on the dynamics between governments and religious groups, particularly minorities. Her research explores how spiritual practices can be included or excluded from the public sphere through public policy. She primarily focuses on Jews and Muslims in Europe. Currently, she is working on the historical presence of Muslims and Jews in Spain and possible precedents of religious accommodation that have been forgotten throughout the years.

Areas of Research and Teaching

  • Migration
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Islam in Europe
  • Religious Burial Practices
  • Memorilisation Politics
  • Multiculturalism
  • Quantitative Methods

Academic publications

  • Arana Barbier, Paula M., and Ángela Suárez Collado. ”Religious Accommodation in a Post-secular Europe ? Redefining the Secular context.” In Contemporary Challenges to the Regulation of Religions in Europe, edited by Helena Vilaça, Maria João Oliveira, Anne-Laure Zwilling. Porto: University of Porto Press, 2023.
  • Bohigues, Asbel, and Paula M. Arana Barbier. ”La Oferta Programática en Sistemas De Partidos Desinsti- tucionalizados. El Caso de Perú.” In Los Partidos Políticos En América Latina: Ideología Y Estructura de la Competencia, edited by Sebastián Mantilla. Quito : CELAP y Hanns Seidel Stiftung, 2020.
  • Arana Barbier, Paula M. ”Yusuke Murakami. Sueños distintos en un mismo lecho : Desencuentros entre Perú y Japón durante la decada Fujimori”. Lima : Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2019. 249 pp. ISBN:978-9972- 51-729-7. América Latina Hoy, 84, (2020) : 177-178
  • Arana Barbier, Paula. ”Hernán Chaparro. Afectos y desafectos : las diversas subculturas políticas en Lima. Lima : Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2018. 318 pp.ISBN : 978-9972-51-718-1.”América Latina Hoy. 82, (2019): 193 - 194.

Press Publications 

Selected Academic Presentations

  • "Exclusion After Death: Contested Spaces for the Burial of Muslims in Spain". Presenter, Religion and Social Change, Bal Ilan University, 2023.
  • "Minority Religious Accommodation in the EU: True Secular Spirit or Simply Anti-Muslim?". Presenter, FIMAM Conference, 2022
  • “Accommodation in Post-secular Europe: from exception to the norm”. Presenter, EUREL Conference, 2021.
  • “Accommodating the ideas. Towards an interdisciplinary definition of religious accommodation.” Presenter, CCSCE General Conference, 2019.
  • “Spoken Identity: The Role of Language in Nationalistic Movements” Presenter, Council for European Studies, 2019

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • University College Freiburg, Teaching Fellowship, 2021/2022
  • Santander Bank and University of Salamanca’s PhD Grant for Latin American Students 2021/2022
  • Santander Bank and University of Salamanca’s PhD Grant for Latin American Students 2020/2021
  • Santander Bank and University of Salamanca’s PhD Grant for Latin American Students 2019/2020
  • Santander Bank and University of Salamanca’s PhD Grant for Latin American Students 2018/2019