Evelyn Ivanova-Reuter is a PhD student at Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, and a scholarship holder of Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst, one of the 13 foundations for promotion of young talent in Germany dedicated to the Protestant Church. She studied Protestant Theology, Ethnology and South-Eastern European Studies at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle-Wittenberg and at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena.
The topic of her doctoral research study is "Interreligious Christian-Muslim veneration of Saints in South-eastern Europe using the Example of Saint Naum". The project is based on fieldwork in Macedonia and Albania and tries to give answers for the questions "Why" and "What for" is there a Christian-Muslim veneration. Further questions to be treated concern the opinion of the local Christian and Muslim communities about this contact and whether there are consequences for their living together. The latter refers to the theories about "shared sacred places" of Hayden and Bowman.
Furthermore, she is a board member of OCCURSO, an institute for interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Munich. The non-profit association brings not only people of different religions into contact, it also offers theoretic and practical seminars about several aspects of interreligious dialogue and the potential of religions for peace.