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 junior university colleges such as the Center for Political Practices and Orders and the Theological Research Centre are involved in the projects. There has long been close cooperation between the actors in the current focus area 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 again and again and intensive scientific communication is carried out.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt (MWK) offers a six-month doctoral preparation programme for applicants at the MWK as part of its study programme. Applications are possible until 28 February.

A new book entitled "Gottesdienst und Kirchenbilder. Theologische Neuakzentuierungen" by Stefan Kopp and Benedikt Kranemann has just been published.

The relationship of Christian theology to the Jew Jesus of Nazareth has moved theologians for a long time. In specialist discourses, questions of the mutual relationship between Judaism and Christianity in particular are discussed with different…

Thuringia is currently celebrating a theme year dealing with nine centuries of Jewish life in this geographical area. The journal "Theologie der Gegenwart" (Contemporary Theology), published by the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of…

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