"Religion and Politics" – Cluster of Excellence at the WWU 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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Questions of religious policy for the 2021 Bundestag election on the radio station Deutschlandfunk

Scholars from the Cluster of Excellence have talked about questions of religious policy in the upcoming Bundestag elections in a three-part series of the programme “Tag für Tag” (Day by Day) on the radio station Deutschlandfunk. The political scientist Ulrich Willems took a look at church lobbying, the Catholic theologian Judith Könemann dealt with the question “Does politics still need religion?”, and sociologist Marc Helbling, current Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor at the Cluster, discussed religious policy as integration policy.

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TED-talk on “Campus of Religions”

At the TEDx-talk in Münster, the Islamic theologian Mouhanad Khorchide and the Catholic theologian Johannes Schnocks, both from the Cluster of Excellence, have spoken about the Campus of Religions in Münster. In their talk, they discussed the importance of the campus for interreligious dialogue. From 2023, it will bring together the various theologies and institutions of non-denominational religious research at the University of Münster, and become a place of exchange for representatives from academia, politics, religious and non-religious communities, and non-governmental organizations, as well as from the media, culture, and the arts.

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Podcast Series “Belonging or Excluded?”

In the podcast series "Belonging or Excluded?", researchers from the Cluster of Excellence and the Institute for Jewish Studies such as Prof. Dr. Regina Grundmann and Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman-Appel report on the everyday life, religious life and history of persecution of Jews from antiquity to the present (in German language). The series is part of the nationwide festival year "1,700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany".