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)


„Auf dem Weg zum Kreuz. Meditationen in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie“ ("On the way to the cross. Meditations in Times of the Corona Pandemic") - this is the title of a new anthology by Prof. Dr. Dr. Holger Zaborowski, Professor of Philosophy at the…

The training of Catholic priests in Germany may be facing radical changes. In view of a persistently low number of candidates, the training of priests could be concentrated on few locations. This is the result of a proposal by a working group of the…

The Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt (Max-Weber-Kolleg) announces the Max Weber Prize for Young Researchers.

The international collegiate research group "Religion and Urbanity" of the University of Erfurt invites you to a public tour of the city on June, 30.


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