"Religion and Politics" – Cluster of Excellence at the WWU Münster

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures” was founded in 2007 at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Some 200 academics from more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences and from around 14 countries deal with the relationship of religion and politics across epochs and cultures. It is nationally the largest research association of its kind and of the 43 Clusters of Excellence in Germany, it is the only one to deal with religion. full story

“Buddhism is not a pop religion”

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The scholar of religious studies and Anglican theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence presents a comprehensive introduction to the history and the present of Buddhism. Therein, he refutes numerous Western clichés about Buddhism and rectifies the image of a religion as a “as a psychology of wisdom”.

Progress in Moral Philosophy

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The new publication, co-edited by philosopher Dr. Matthias Hoesch of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, contains translations of essential texts by the philosopher Derek Parfit (1942-2017).

Scholars of Religious Studies Establish “European Academy of Religion”

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Some 1,000 scholars of religious studies from Europe and the neighbouring countries will get together in Bologna, Italy on Sunday for the first conference of the newly-founded European Academy of Religion (EuARe). The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, which was involved in the foundation, will present research findings on the increase in religious pluralism in Europe at the interdisciplinary conference which will be held from 18 to 22 June.

Religion in Post-war Literature

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The habitation thesis of literary scholar Dr. Christian Sieg from WWU’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” addresses the function of religion in the staging of political authorship. The monograph “Die ‘engagierte Literatur’ und die Religion. Politische Autorschaft im literarischen Feld zwischen 1945 und 1990” (‘Committed literature’ and religion. Political authorship in the field of literature between 1945 and 1990), as it is titled, was recently published by De Gruyter.

Gospel and American identity

The musicologist Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rathert talks about the religious roots and the political meaning of Gospel. His talk was part of the interdisciplinary lecture series "Music and Religion" at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. The video is in German language.

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