"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

“Catholic Female Historiography”

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As part of its interdisciplinary and international collaboration strategy, the Center for Religion and Modernity (CRM) welcomes Dr. Giulia Marotta, to further develop her research in the areas of Roman Catholic historiography, doctrinal development, and their relationship to modernity.

What Did the Germans Believe, 1933–1945?

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A conference of the Cluster of Excellence will examine new research perspectives on the relationship between religion and politics in National Socialism. In a public evening lecture on Thursday, contemporary historian Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Thamer will talk about the contradictory relationship between the National Socialist “Volksgemeinschaft” and Christian faith communities.

Muslims and the European Union

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How do Muslim citizens across the globe perceive the European Union? And what factors influence their EU attitudes? This book offers the first systematic theoretical and empirical analysis of Muslim citizens’ EU attitudes in and outside the European Union.

“Religious policy in Germany lacks a concept”

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The general volume "Religionspolitik heute" brings together for the first time in this form positions and analyses on religious policy from the academic world, from politics, as well as from religious communities and other groups with a particular worldview, and provides an overview of the long-neglected political field of religious policy in Germany.

Beyond confessional clarity – Video of the series “Research Projects in Focus”

What does it mean for people to adopt a certain faith under the pressure of authorities? Early modern historian Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger examines the 16th century when confessional churches were formed and the people had to adopt their ruler's faith. Micro-historical research of the project, which takes the level of the individual into the fore, shows that this did not always succeed and confessional unambiguity failed to materialize: if people are forced to take over certain views, they often react to it with opposition and violence or with pretence and dissimulation, as the historian reports in a new episode of the video series Research projects in Focus. The film gives insight into her research project “Beyond confessional clarity” at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University. (maz/vvm)

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