"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


Transformation of synagogues into churches in the Middle Ages

Judaist Franziska Kleybolte from the Graduate School of the Cluster of Excellence speaks in the WWU video series "What comes next" about her research on the transformation of synagogues into churches on the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages.

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Lecture series “Empires, Identities and Belonging”

An interdisciplinary lecture series organized by the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster has examined the influence of imperial legacies on social, cultural and religious affiliations. All lectures of the series can be viewed here as videos mostly in German language.

Recent Publications

Publications from the Cluster of Excellence