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)

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The German Research Foundation (DFG) is supporting a research project by Dr. Jana Ilnicka at the Max-Weber-Kolleg of the University of Erfurt with funding totalling up to around 328,000 euros. It is entitled "The rediscovered manuscript MS Eisenach…

What else can you do under the conditions of the hard lockdown? A new book provides an answer to this: look at Erfurt! Erfurt, the blue city, invites you to go on excursions, on foot or - thanks to the many pictures - in your head. The authors at the…

How does synodality work in the Catholic Church? This is the question being asked at a scientific conference organised by the Theological Research Centre of the University of Erfurt in cooperation with the Catholic Academy of the Diocese of…

What might postcolonial religious studies look like? This question is explored in the international online conference "From Universalism to Ethnopathos - Religious Knowledge in the Colonial Encounter between India and Germany", organized by Dr.…

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