"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
When scholar of Jewish studies Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel analyses Jewish manuscripts of the Middle Ages, she comes into direct contact with the past. The researcher, who addresses the transition of handwriting to printed books in the Jewish culture of the 15th century in particular, is enthusiastic about this physical connection. That e-books are replacing printed books today has a lot of similarities with the past – and people nowadays do not react much differently: some see chances in the new medium, others feel unsettled and worry about traditional cultural values. A new episode of the video series Research Projects in Focus gives insight into her research project “Manuscripts and Printing Press in Judaism” at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University.