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)


The research association "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites you to a colloquium at the University of Erfurt in the winter semester 2020/21. It will take place Thursdays from 16 to 18 o'clock in digital form. The first date is 12…

In line with the theme year "900 Years of Jewish Life in Thuringia", the University of Erfurt is inviting to a lecture series in the winter semester 2020/21 entitled "Learning Jewish. Concepts and Media of Education in and about Judaism".

The collegiate research group "Religion and Urbanity" at the University of Erfurt invites you to a lecture series in the winter semester 2020/21 under the title "Religion and Urbanity in Time and Space". The lectures take place on Tuesdays from 6 to…

How can the pandemic help us to focus on the 'essentials'? Can Corona be a wake-up call? And can the seemingly pointless epidemic be given a meaning after all? In numerous articles, scientists from the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University…


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