Dr Stefan Binder is the winner of the Gerardus van der Leeuw PhD Dissertation Award 2018 from the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG). He received the award for his dissertation 'Total Atheism: Making mental revolutions in South India'.
Original and innovative
Out of seven excellent doctoral dissertations the award committee selected Stefan Binder’s dissertation as the most original and innovative. In addition, the dissertation was also considered to contribute the most to religious studies as an academic discipline, balancing carefully between ethnographic data and theoretical debates.
Binder’s study shows that theories in religious studies are thoroughly impregnated by Western concepts, and he proposes non-Eurocentric critical epistemology of secularity, faith and unbelief. He moreover presents his work in a very clear, coherent and consistent way.
Gerardus van der Leeuw Award
The Gerardus van der Leeuw PhD Dissertation Award is a biennial award granted by the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) for a PhD dissertation that has made a substantial contribution to the academic study of religion.