In this seminar, we examine the multifaceted interaction between religion and politics from a global perspec-tive. The seminar is organized around two key questions: First, how do states, political stakeholders, and institutions influence the regulation of religion? Second -- and vice versa -- how do religious actors, beliefs, and institutions influence political attitudes and practices? Assessing these questions, we pay specific at-tention to their international dimension. For example, how do processes of Europeanization affect politics towards minority religions? Which role does religion play in diaspora politics? How do religious stakeholders influence global politics in the areas of humanitarian aid, environmental protection, and gender rights? How does religion relate to (global) violance and its resolution? Theoretical debates from the fields of soci-ology of religion, cultural sociology, and international political sociology, will inform our discussion of case studies from Europe and beyond. In this context, we will also critically reflect upon the understanding of "religion" prevailing in both political and academic practices and the methodological instruments used to assess its entaglement with politics.
- Lehrende/r: Lisa Harms