University of Erfurt

Key Research Focus: Religion

Focus Religion

Bildausschnitt Hände und Symbole der Weltreligionen

For many years now, the University of Erfurt has played host to ambitious research on issues surrounding religion and religions. This activity draws scholars from around the world, is characterized by numerous projects that transcend subject lines, and helps shape the course offerings in several schools and disciplines. Religion in different cultures is one of many topics examined; others include the meaning of religion in changing political and cultural contexts and religious community and religious individualization, the relationship between religious institutions and gender issues. The distinctive characteristic of religion-related research is the plurality of perspectives. In Erfurt, theologians and scholars in the field of religious studies collaborate with sociologists, literary scholars, and historians. Varying research interests, aims, and methods among participating institutions such as the Religious Studies Seminar, the Martin Luther Institute, the School of Catholic Theology, and the Max Weber Center are incorporated in teaching and research. The scholars jointly oversee the education of (post-) doctoral students in the graduate school for “Religions in Modernization Processes”.

Claudia Behnke, last update: 8.06.2018

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