Philipp Hetmanczyk studied at the University of Leipzig, Germany, where he received his Master degree in the Study of Religion and Sinology. He gained is PhD at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he is currently working as a Postdoc researcher and lecturer. Besides his interest in the entanglements and interactions between Religion and Politics in contemporary East Asia with a specific focus on China, he oriented his current research towards the issue of religion in public schools and its political implications. Together with Martin Bürgin he initiated the cross-disciplinary GRC Peer Group for Religion and Politics at the University of Zurich.
In this podcast, taking place on the last day of the Annual EASR Conference in Bern, Dr Philipp Hetmanczyk and Martin Bürgin of Zurich University talk to Thomas White about the Therwil Affair, a controversy that emerged in 2016 after two Swiss Muslim schoolboys declined to shake hands with their female teacher.