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)


Since 2020, the Eugen Fink Archive has been preserved and researched at the University of Erfurt under the direction of Professor Holger Zaborowski. This also brings academics who study the life and work of the philosopher, who died in 1975, to…

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is supporting the research project "Institutionalising the law of nature and nations: The universities of Kiel, Greifswald and Rostock 1648–1806" at the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt with…

359,338 people left the Church in 2021. This is according to the recently published church statistics. That this figure is emblematic of the deep crisis in which the church currently finds itself can hardly be disputed. How to deal with the fact that…

A new episode of our science podcast "WortMelder" has just been released. In our eighth episode, we talk to Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch about the topic "Health communication – thinking from the human perspective".


Steinplatz 2 (Research building 2)
Bildungshaus Marcel Callo, Heiligenstadt

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