material, bodily, aesthetic, affective, and performative dimensions of religious and cultural phenomena; neo-spiritualities; relational theory and method; critical study of religion

M.A. Religious and Cultural Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich

Dr.phil. Religious Studies, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, Austria


2021–2022 Postdoc research fellow at University of Erfurt (funded by the German federal state Thuringia)

2020–2021 Member of “Mapping Religionswissenschaft: Vernetzen, Vertiefen, Sichtbar Machen“ (funded by Hochschulrektorenkonferenz [HRK] and Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF])

2019–2020 parental leave

2017–2018 Lecturer “Key Concepts der Religious Studies”, Master Religious Studies, Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, Austria

2013–2016 Research assistant to Prof. Loren Stuckenbruck, New Testament, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany



Aschenbrenner, Lina. 2023. Neo-Spiritual Aesthetics. Embodied Transformation in the Israeli Movement Practice Gaga. Bloomsbury Advances in Religious Studies. London: Bloomsbury Academic.


Aschenbrenner, Lina, and Laura von Ostrowski. 2022. „Embodied neo-spirituality as an experience-filter: From dance and movement practice to contemporary yoga.” Body and Religion.

Book chapter

Aschenbrenner, Lina, and Anne Koch. 2022. “Do Gaga, Be Well? Well-Being as Intersectional Dispositif in the Neo-Spiritual Israeli Movement Practice Gaga.” In Géraldine Mossière (ed), New Spiritualties and the Culture of Well-Being. New York: Springer.


Aschenbrenner, Lina. 2023. “Aesthetic Assemblages: Relational Aesthetics of the Israeli Movement Practice Gaga.” SocArXiv. February 11.

Blog post

Aschenbrenner, Lina. 2022. “Body Knowledge and Practices (and the Coronavirus).” Counterpoint Navigating Knowledge (23 March 2022). coronavirus/

Research Project at CAS-E