Religionswissenschaft und Orientalistik
Ben Müller is Master student at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. Trained in Religious Studies and Middle East Studies, his research interests focus on religious traditions and transfer between Buddhism, Manichaeism, and Islam in premodern and early modern Eastern Central Asia. He is also very interested in the study of how local and regional cultures perceive environmental and climate change in past and present, what adaptation and mitigation strategies they use, and how their various representatives and spokesmen introduce their respective views to the global debate and into emerging international negotiating systems.
From 2017–2019, he worked as Student Assistant at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI), Essen (https://www.kulturwissenschaften.de/en/), as the main responsible person for the organisation and management of the Climate and Culture publication project (https://brill.com/view/serial/CLAC). While working on this project, Ben Müller has not only expanded his expertise, especially in the interdisciplinary research on global environmental issues, but also received comprehensive training in academic management, publishing, and editorial work. The experience he has gained in the past years have strengthened his resolve to work in academic publishing.
Since October 2017, Ben Müller has been working as Student Assistant and—after finishing his B.A. in 2019—as Research Assistant in the prestigious ERC-funded research project BuddhistRoad: Dynamics in Buddhist Networks in Eastern Central Asia 6th to 14th Century, led by the PI Prof. Dr. Carmen Meinert at CERES (https://buddhistroad.ceres.rub.de/en/). Here he has acquired knowledge in interdisciplinary research on the history and dynamics of religion and cultural exchange, which enrich his academic profile and goes far beyond his own specialisation.