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)


That religious rituals can certainly be a means of power is undisputed in ritual research. The fact that Christian liturgy and the question of power in the church are also connected is less in view so far, but it is becoming a topic in the context of…

"Jenseits der Macht. Kleine Einführung in die christliche Theologie" is the title of a new monograph by Prof. Dr. Josef Römelt. The latest work of the moral theologian has now been published by Aschendorff Verlag.

Upon proposal of the General Assembly of the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS), Prof. Benno Werlen, holder of the UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability and Fellow at the Max Weber College of the University of Erfurt, has now…

Heinrich Timmerevers, bishop of the diocese of Dresden-Meissen, has now emphasized during his visit to Erfurt the importance of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Erfurt as a future-oriented training centre for theologians.…


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