"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

“Peace agreements have always only succeeded with genuine trust”

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Gifts, peace banquets and reconciliation rituals: according to historians, peace agreements have historically been reached if, above all, specific trust could be established between opponents. “Confidence-building measures are not a patent remedy, but increase the probability of peace, according to studies covering different epochs,” says medieval historian Prof. Dr Gerd Althoff.

“Religion and Politics: The Magazine”

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” introduces the wealth of its research in a new format: “Religion and Politics: The Magazine” presents in richly illustrated reports, interviews, portraits, and essays the research and the researchers connected over the past few years to the interdisciplinary network of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU).

Cluster of Excellence applies for new funding period

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In the context of the federal and state governments’ Excellence Strategy, the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster has submitted to the German Research Foundation its application for a new funding period starting in 2019.

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”.

Manuscript and Printing Press in Judaism – Episode of the video series “Research Projects in Focus”

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.

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