"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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Study on sexual abuse

Reseachers from the WWU Münster have presented a study on the sexual abuse of minors in the diocese of Münster.

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EuARe annual conference

International scholars of interdisciplinary research on religion will focus at the fifth annual conference of the “European Academy of Religion” (EuARe), which will take place in Bologna from 20 to 23 June, on this year’s main theme, Religion and Diversity. At the conference will be two scholars from the Cluster of Excellence: the theologian Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Großhans, who will organize a panel on the modern philosophy of religion; and the religious scholar and theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel, who will organize panels on ethnic and religious diversity in Myanmar, and on the religious pluralism of the theologian John Hick from a global perspective. The Cluster of Excellence helped found EuARe in 2017.

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“Dramatic secularization”

According to new sociological research, secularization has increased rapidly in the past ten years – even in countries that were previously strongly Christian. This is shown by the sociologist of religion Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack from the Cluster of Excellence and his colleague Dr. Gergely Rosta in the expanded new edition of the standard work Religion and Modernity, which is one of the most comprehensive empirical studies of religious trends worldwide. In the podcast “Religion and Politics”, Detlef Pollack talks about a dramatic process of secularization in the USA and in what used to be religious strongholds in Europe.


Recent Publications

Publications from the Cluster of Excellence