"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 will 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

Newsletter presents new research programme

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The newsletter of the WWU Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" has been published in time for the opening of the new funding phase. It presents the Cluster's new research programme and gives information about current research results, new publications and international conferences at the Cluster of Excellence.

New volume “Maps and Travel in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period“

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The volume, edited by Prof. Dr. Katrin Kogman‐Appel, professor of Jewish Studies, discusses the world as it was known in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, focusing on projects concerned with mapping as a conceptual and artistic practice, with visual representations of space, and with destinations of real and fictive travel.

Opening ceremony for new Cluster of Excellence funding phase

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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation” at the University of Münster will open the new funding phase within the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments with a ceremony on 10 May, where the renowned Oxford University historian Prof Dr Lyndal Roper will deliver a keynote lecture on “Cranach’s Luther”.

Research focus: Dynamics

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Legal scholar Prof. Nils Jansen, speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, Prof. Christopher Deninger and Prof. Mario Ohlberger from the Cluster of Excellence “Mathematics Münster, and the biochemist Prof. Lydia Sorokin from Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence explain what they understand by the term “dynamic” in their research.

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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