Bochow, Astrid, Thomas G. Kirsch & Rijk van Dijk (eds) 2017. Ethical Fields in Africa. (with contributions by Astrid Bochow, Hansjörg Dilger, Thomas G. Kirsch, Michael Lambek, David Parkin, Rijk van Dijk, Henrik Vigh). Special issue of the journal “Africa” 87 (3).

Dilley, Roy & Kirsch, Thomas G. (eds) 2015. Regimes of Ignorance. Anthropological Perspectives on the Production and Reproduction of Non-Knowledge.(with contributions by John Borneman, Carlo Caduff, Leo Coleman, Roy Dilley, Casey High, Thomas G. Kirsch, Christos Lynteris, and Trevor Marchand). Oxford: Berghahn Books

Thomas G. Kirsch, Rudolf Schlögl, Dorothea Weltecke (eds) 2015. Religion als Prozess. Kulturwissenschaftliche Wege der Religionsforschung. Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schönigh.

Kirsch, Thomas G. & Tilo Grätz (eds) 2010. Domesticating Vigilantism in Africa. (with contributions by Ray Abrahams, Laars Buur, Tilo Grätz, Sten Hagberg, Johannes Harnischfeger, Thomas G. Kirsch, David Pratten, Syna Ouattara) Oxford: James Currey.

Kirsch, Thomas G. & Bertram Turner (eds) 2009. Permutations of Order: Religion and Law as Contested Sovereignties. (with contributions by Franz and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Lorenzo Canás Bottos, Anindity Chakrabarti, Nina Glick Schiller, Anthony Good, Thomas G. Kirsch, René Kuppe, Michaela Pelican, Stephan Palmié, Nahda Shehada, Bertram Turner, Jacqueline Vel).
London: Routledge.

Kirsch, Thomas G. 2008. Spirits and Letters. Reading, Writing and Charisma in African Christianity. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Kirsch, Thomas G. & Werner Schiffauer (eds) 2003. Stadt - Image - Zeitung. Ethnographische Recherchen in einer Lokalredaktion. Frankfurt an der Oder: KOWA.

Kirsch, Thomas G. 1998. Lieder der Macht. Religiöse Autorität und Performance in einer afrikanisch-christlichen Kirche Zambias. Münster: Lit-Verlag.

Representative publications

General Anthropology

Anthroplogy of Religion

Political Anthropology


  •  "Endless Beginnings. ‘Making a Beginning’ as a Register of Social Practice“ (together with Melanie Brand and Tanja Thielemann)
  • "Intimate Demons. The Familiarity of the Uncanny in Cross-Cultural Perspective” (edited together with Rijk van Dijk and Kirsten Mahlke)

Book reviews in (invited)

  • Advances in Research
  • Africa
  • African Studies Review
  • Anthropology Southern Africa
  • Entangled Religions
  • Ethnos
  • Journal of Religion in Africa
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Paideuma
  • Religion
  • Religion and Society
  • State and Society
  • Zeitschrift für Ethnologie