Religion, Society, and World Relations

Zeichnung zweier Köpfe im virtuellen Raum

The investigation of self- and transcendental relationships, of the relationship between community and individual and of ritual communication and its meaning, as well as the reflection on social-institutional orders, on processes of social change, on value and meaning concepts, combine the question of "religion", "society" and "world relationship". This mutual interrelation of individual actors, social structures and cross-border horizons gives the research in this focus area its profile. In concrete intra- as well as interdisciplinary projects – the profile is formed here by the association "Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference – A Culture-Comparative Analysis of World Relations" – researchers in this field are dedicated to historical and contemporary phenomena in different cultural and social contexts. All faculties and the Max Weber Kolleg as well as the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and various Graduate Centres like the Center for Political Practices and Orders and the Theological Research Centre are involved in the projects. For a long time, there has been close cooperation between the actors of the research focus in research and teaching, including joint conferences and workshops, lecture series and publications, and interdisciplinary seminars. The research is characterized by a special interest in the utilization of historical research results for questions of religion, culture and society of the present, whereby current social debates are taken up consistently and intensive scientific communication is carried out.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


After it had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Corona, there will be a new edition of the Erfurt Science Slam, the popular science lecture competition of the University of Erfurt. On 3 November, it's "Science on stage" again in the theatre "Die…

The BMBF-funded research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites you to a new colloquium this Thursday, 8 July. This time, Sarah Day, Dr Harald Engler and Julia Wigger will present the research project "StadtWende - Urban Renewal…

A new publication by Hartmut Rosa, Christoph Henning and Arthur Bueno entitled "Critical Theory and New Materialisms" has just been published by Routledge. It is based on a conference on this topic in Erfurt.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena will host the opening conference of the new Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio (SFB) 294 "Structural Change of Property" on 8/9 July. The SFB started work at the universities of Jena and Erfurt at the…


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