"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
Civil Religion in the Inauguration of Presidents of the United States – A new episode of the video series “Research Projects in Focus“
When a new president is inaugurated in the US, the entire world looks at the ceremonies in Washington. Historian Prof. Dr. Heike Bungert looks behind the scenes of inauguration ceremonies – a field that has so far received little academic attendance. The scholar is often the first person to research the sources in the archives – and discovers to what extent religion and politics are intertwined in the United States. What does it mean to be God's chosen people? What clerics and what denominations are present at the celebrations? Does the future President swear his oath on a bible? If so, which bible does he use? Which traditional elements of the ceremony does he leave out? How the historian provides answers to such questions and weaves them into an extensive history of inaugurations is explained in a new episode of the video series Research Projects in Focus. She gives insight into her research project “Civil Religion in Inaugurations of U.S. Presidents” at the Cluster of Excellence.