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)


In a second funding period, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Research Fund will provide a total of around 4.1 million euros to support the International Graduate School (IGS) "Resonant Self–World Relations in Ancient and Modern…

With "Gottesdiener und Kamelzüchter" (Servants of God and Camel Breeder), Benjamin Sippel has now published his dissertation submitted to the University of Erfurt in the Harrassowitz publishing house. It deals with the everyday and social life of the…

The corona pandemic is not only a medical and economic, educational and social issue, but also a topic of theology. This is true in principle: such a pandemic with immeasurable suffering and a multitude of dead inevitably raises the question of God.

Routledge has just published the revised habilitation thesis of the long-standing staff member and contract teacher of Erfurt's Religious Studies Department, PD Dr. Sebastian Rimestad. The book entitled "Orthodox Christian Identity in Western Europe.…


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