Religion, Society, and World Relations Max-Weber-Kolleg

Kolleg-Research Group "Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective" (FOR 1013)

Jörg Rüpke: The research group investigates cases of individualization within the medium of religion and their consequences for religious change, that is, in terms of their religious historical dynamics.

Duration
01/2013 - 09/2018

Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) :
8 470 000 Euro

Project management

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke
Holder of the Professorship for Comparative Religious Studies (Vergleichende Religionswissenschaft) ()
Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow
Associated Fellow (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)

The research group investigates cases of individualization within the medium of religion and their consequences for religious change, that is, in terms of their religious historical dynamics. In particular, it scrutinizes the presence and extent of individual scope for religious action, the resulting forms of religious traditions and religious reflections on individuality prior to and external to occidental modernity and during the period of modern theory formation. The idea here is to replace sweeping theories on individualization and corresponding universal histories with scrutiny of the preconditions for, and forms of, phases of increasing and decreasing individualization, together with investigation of the handing down and diffusion of religious concepts of individuality. By drawing on historical and systematic disciplines, we intend to open up new sources for religious history and scrutinize and modify paradigms for the description of religions, religious experience and religious change.

Research on Religion Research on Society

Cooperation partner

Research focus

Religion, Society, and World Relations