Dr. Zrinka Štimac joined The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook as a researcher in April 2013 and coordinates the research field ‘Religious Change and Societal Diversity’. Her focuses include religious diversity and educational media, global educational discourses, religion, and politics.
She studied religion and English language, literature, and culture at Leibniz University Hanover and the University of Sarajevo. Her academic career commenced at the Centre for Religious Studies and the Study of Religion Seminar at the University of Münster. She subsequently received a research grant from the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) graduate school on South-East Europe at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and completed her doctorate in 2010 with a thesis on ‘Religion und Bildung in Bosnien und Herzegowina. Konzepte und Strategien religiöser und säkularer Deutungsträger nach 1994’ (Religion and Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Concepts and Strategies of Religious and Secular Stakeholders since 1994). She then moved to Bielefeld University where she worked on the DFG research project ‘The Ethos of Religious Peace Builders’ and explored the habitus of collective religious actors. She later took charge of teaching and administration for the discipline of religion at the same institution.