Imke Rath, M.A.

Main Research

Cultural and religious history of Austronesia (focus on Indonesia and The Philippines), religious identity, perception of 'the self' and 'the other', Christian mission


Academic Education and Job History

Since 02/2015 Scientific assistant in the projects EurViews and WorldViews at Georg-Eckert-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung, Braunschweig

01/2014-06/2014 Scientific assistant at the Department of History, section of Non-European History, University of Hamburg

01/2010-11/2014 Dissertation in Medieval and Modern History at the University of Hamburg, „Christliche Wissenssysteme und ‚Strategien des Übersetzens‘ im Missionierungskontext: die Darstellung der tagalischen Religion im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert“, supervisors: Dr. Astrid Windus und Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mücke

08/2009 Research assistant (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin), Emmy Noether Research Group “Text, Image, Performance: Change and Ambivalence of Cultural Orders in Colonial Contact Zones (Provincia de Charcas and The Philippines, 17th-18th Centuries)”, funded by the German Research Foundation; Department of History, section of Non-European History, University of Hamburg

10/2002-03/2009 Studies, Master of Arts programme. Major: Languages and Cultures of Austronesia, minors: Islamic Studies and ethnology (focus on the history of culture and religion) , University of Hamburg. Master’s thesis on “Zur interreligiösen Fremddarstellung in indonesischen Schulbüchern des islamischen, katholischen und hinduistischen Religionsunterrichts der Primarstufe und Sekundarstufe I” („On the interreligious representation by others in Indonesian schoolbooks used in Islamic, Catholic, and Hinduist religious instruction classes at the primary school and secondary school I levels”)


Research Abroad

09/2010-12/2010 Doctoral research period in Mexico

02/2010-08/2010 Doctoral research period in the Philippines

08/2005-07/2006 Study sojourn at the Institut Seni Indonesia (focus on sculpture and Indonesian art history



07/2014 Research fellowship of the Georg-Eckert-Instituts

11/2012-12/2012 Research grant of the fund of equalization of the University of Hamburg

07/2005 Darmasiswa Plus (Indonesian government scholarship for the advancement of studies)



2014 “Von Geistern die zu Hexen wurden: Transreligiöser Kulturkontakt mit dem Bösen in der spanisch-katholischen Mission auf den Philippinen”, in: Saeculum 64, 1, S. 9-23

2013 “Depicting Netherworlds or the Treatment of the Afterlife in a Colonial Contact Zone: The Paete Case”, in: Astrid Windus, Eberhard Crailsheim (Hg.), Image, Object, Performance: Mediality and Communication in Early Modern Contact Zones of Latin America and Asia. Münster: Waxmann, S. 173-196



09/2015 Seminar „Missionare und Diplomaten – Akteure zwischen den Kulturen“ (with Dr. Eberhard Crailsheim und Gabriela Hofstetter), Fernuniversität Hagen

04/2012-07/2012 Seminar„Wenn Texte schweigen und Bilder sprechen. Die Verwendung visueller Quellen in kulturhistorischer Forschung“ (with Andrea Nicklisch), Historisches Seminar der Universität Hamburg

09/2005-06/2006 English classes at the Sekolah Kejuruan Negeri I, Denpasar, Indonesia



11/2012 ICOPHIL-9, Lansing, Michigan, USA "The soul and the inner self: A discussion on the early modern encounter of Tagalog and Christian conceptions of the essence of mankind"

01/2012 WHA Symposium, Siem Reap, Cambodia "Negotiating netherworlds - Tagalog influence on early modern Catholic missionary work"

09/2011 ASEASUK Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom "Cultural continuity under cover. Conversion and missionary stategies in colonial early modern Philippines"

05/2011 Workshop "Image - object - performance", Universität Hamburg, Germany "Text, image, perfomance: Change and ambivalence of cultural orders in colonial contact zones (Provincia de Charcas and the Philippines, 17th-18th Century)"

10/2010 Universidad Autónoma San Luis Potosí, Mexico "Sistemas de conocimiento cristianos y 'estrategias de comprensión' en el contexto de la mision: Provincias tagalog, siglos XVII y XVIII"

07/2010 University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines "Research in the field of heritage studies"



Georg Eckert Institut
Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung
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38114 Braunschweig
Tel +49 (0)531 59099- 317
E-Mail: rath@leibniz-gei.de