Robert Yelle

Prof. Robert Yelle is a widely acclaimed expert in the field of semiotics. His research interests also extend to performance theory, pragmatics, rhetoric and ritualization based on extensive study of colonial language politics in India and more recently on studies of semiotic shifts in the history of religion and ideas in Europe. He is newly appointed to the University of Munich and will deeply enrich our previous discussions on aesthetics with his understanding of semiotics.

Publikationen zur Religionsästhetik


  • The Language of Disenchantment: Protestant Literalism and Colonial Discourse in British India, New York 2013
  • Semiotics of Religion: Signs of the Sacred in History, London 2013


  • Yelle, Robert (2019): “Protestant (An)Aesthetics”, in: Anne Koch und Katharina Wilkens (ed.): Handbook of Cultural and Cognitive Aesthetics of Religion, London: Bloomsbury, 241-251.
  • (2011): “Semiotics”, in: M. Stausberg, S. Engler (eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Religious Studies, London and New York, 355-65.
  • (2010): “Punishing Puns: Etymology as Linguistic Ideology in Hindu and British Traditions”, in: S. E. Lindquist (ed.), Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond, New York, London, Delhi, 129-46.
  • (2009): “The Hindu Moses: Christian Polemics against Jewish Ritual and the Secularization of Hindu Law under Colonialism”, in History of Religions 49, 141-71.