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

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” has been investigating since 2007 the complex relationship between religion and politics across eras and cultures. In the funding phase from 2019 to 2025, the 140 researchers from 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences analyze in transepochal studies ranging from antiquity to the present day the factors that make religion the motor of political and social change. The research network is the largest of its kind in Germany; and, of the Clusters of Excellence, one of the oldest and the only one to deal with the issue of religion. full story

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Publications from the Cluster of Excellence
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That was the annual theme “Religious Dynamics”

The annual theme for 2022/23 saw members of the Cluster of Excellence deal with “Religious Dynamics” from antiquity to the present day. Numerous public lectures, panels, discussion evenings, film screenings, and readings by contemporary authors focused on a range of case studies from different epochs and religions to explore how religious dynamics are set in motion in politics and society, and how religions initiate, accelerate, promote, but also inhibit, such dynamics. Continue reading