Introduction

The Center for Religion and Modernity (CRM) is an interdisciplinary research network at the University of Münster. It is dedicated to the study of religions, religious communities and actors, and their changing roles in modern and modernizing societies. The CRM is home to research that deals with religious phenomena and how they change in the modern period, as well as with historical developments that can illuminate the role of religion in modernity and thus contribute to our understanding of religion today.

The CRM’s aim is to build on the interdisciplinary research on religion initiated by the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures”, and to consolidate this research at the University of Münster in the field of modernity. To this end, the CRM has brought together around 30 researchers from a range of disciplines, including political science and sociology, history and law, Catholic, Protestant and Islamic theology, religious and Islamic studies, Arabic and Jewish studies, communication studies, and literary studies. An Executive Board elected by the General Assembly every two years coordinates the work of the CRM, and is supported in this by the academic management. more...

 

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New release "The communication strategies of Pope Francis"

by Johannes Löffler

The power of the modern papacy is based on the targeted use of contemporary means of public display of historical authority and personal charisma. Whether Twitter, YouTube or Instagram - not least in the digital media, the Holy See has also succeeded in mobilising the masses beyond the Vatican in recent years. Using the example of Pope Francis' term of office, Johannes Ludwig Löffler analyses the verbal and non-verbal communication strategies of the papacy at the beginning of the 21st century. Read more...

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New Release: Rhetoric of secularization

by Daniel Weidner

"Secularization" is an important and controversial term for the self-understanding of Western societies - it refers to both the disappearance of religion in modernity and its transformation. Daniel Weidner shows how secularization was discussed in the 20th century and how central these considerations were for philosophical, theological, sociological and cultural self-understanding. read more...

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Book Launch: Gottes Werk und Fleisches Lust by Prof. Dr. Anne Käfer

in cooperation with The Center of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research and The Seminary for Reformed Theology

On the 31st of January 2024, at 18:00, CRM is organizing a book launch for the new publication "Gottes Werk und Fleisches Lust" by Prof. Dr. Anne Käfer in cooperation with the Center for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research and the Seminar for Reformed Theology at the University of Münster.

Further information can be found  here...

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Daniel Bar-Tal: Public Lecture including book presentation and workshop

in cooperation with University Dusiburg-Essen

From 22 to 25 January 2024, Prof. em. Daniel Bar-Tal (School of Education/Tel Aviv University) will present his new monograph at the University of Münster and hold a workshop at the University Essen, offering further exchange concerning his research.

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New release: Uta Elisabeth Hohmann: Erwählt oder gewählt?

Der Beitrag theologischer Parlamentarier:innen zur Annäherung von Protestantismus und Demokratie

In the search for the right relationship between Protestantism and democracy, the parliamentary activity of German theologians suggests that they were and are particularly challenged to synthesise their religious convictions with the democratic idea. Continue reading...

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The international conference "In Search of the Radicalized Mainstream: Mobilizing, normalizing and normativizing far-right ideologies from the centre" on November 9 and 10, 2023 aim to explore, discuss, and redefine the relationship between the radicalized margins and the mainstream across different social, regional and historical contexts

International Conference

The international conference "In Search of the Radicalized Mainstream: Mobilizing, normalizing and normativizing far-right ideologies from the centre" on November 9 and 10, 2023 aim to explore, discuss, and redefine the relationship between the radicalized margins and the mainstream across different social, regional and historical contexts.
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