"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 the factors that make religion the motor of political and social change. The Cluster of Excellence is the largest of its kind in Germany and the only one in the country that deals with the issue of religion. full story

Contributions to political ethics

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The Protestant theologian and social ethicist Prof. Dr. Arnulf von Scheliha of the Cluster of Excellence has published a volume containing twenty articles on political ethics that shed light on the relationship between religion and politics.

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.

Obeying and shaping

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The political attitudes and actions of Jesuits in Chile between 1962 and 1983 are dealt with in a recently published monograph in Spanish by the historian Dr. Antje Schnoor. The book is a translation of her dissertation.

New Collaborative Research Centre

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The new Collaborative Research Centre “Law and Literature”at the University of Münster will start on July 1. Legal scholar Prof. Dr. Fabian Wittreck from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” is the centre’s deputy speaker.

Manuscript and Printing Press in Judaism – Video of the 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. (vvm)

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Research Transfer

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Newsletter May 2019