"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

Commentaries on European Contract Laws

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Legal scholars Nils Jansen and Reinhard Zimmermann provide rule-by-rule commentaries on European contract law, dealing with its modern manifestations as well as its historical and comparative foundations.

Gender and Violence

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The new volume "Gender and Violence in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives" covers a range of issues and phenomena around gender-related violence in specific cultural and regional conditions.

Excavation project continues

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The German Research Foundation awards funding to the excavations of the Asia Minor Research Centre in the ancient city of Doliche in south-eastern Turkey. Closely linked to the excavation is the research that Engelbert Winter carries out at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. Recently, researchers have explored a rare Roman bathing facility and an early Christian basilica.

Reform – the same church, another thinking

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The Catholic theologian Prof. Dr. Michael Seewald of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has published a new book, “Reform – Dieselbe Kirche anders denken (Reform – the Same Church, Another Thinking). In it he explores possibilities and limits of reforms in the Catholic Church.

Normative Modernity – Video of the series “Research Projects in Focus”

How do we justify our norms in morality and in law? How do we assess different forms of life? In the past, people relied on religious arguments, today, the justification of norms has radically been secularised, says legal philosopher Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutmann. Even if mankind has, over millennia, developed religious systems of meaning: the legal expert only sees progress in Kant's concept of the equality of freedom of all people. What effects this has on the reasoning about norms in modern societies is explained by the scholar in a new episode of the video series Research Projects in Focus. It introduces the research project “Normative Modernity” at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University. (maz/vvm)

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Research Transfer

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