"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.

Religion and Modernity: an International Comparison

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A fundamental work on the role of religion in modern societies by sociologists Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta from Münster University’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has now been published in English by Oxford University Press under the title of “Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison”.

More than 1,000 Ancient Sealings Discovered

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Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster discovered a large number of sealings in south-east Turkey. This group of artefacts comprising more than 1,000 pieces from the municipal archive of the ancient city of Doliche gives many insights into the local Graeco-Roman pantheon – from Zeus to Hera to Iuppiter Dolichenus, who turned into one of the most important Roman deities from this site.

“The Construction of Time in Antiquity”

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Time has always held a fascination for human beings, who have attempted to relate to it and to make sense of it, constructing and deconstructing it through its various prisms, since time cannot be experienced in an unmediated way.

The Monograph “Culture of Ambiguity” in Arabic

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The widely acclaimed monograph “The Culture of Ambiguity” by the Arabist and Leibniz prize winner Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer of the Excellence Cluster “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster has been recently translated into Arabic.