"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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Insights into early christian church construction

Archaeologists of the University of Münster led by ancient historian Prof. Engelbert Winter from the Cluster of Excellence have uncovered an early Christian basilica in south-eastern Turkey. The team of researchers spent eight weeks exposing richly ornamented mosaics with images of fish as well as painted marble reliefs.

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First Thematic year on "Belonging and demarcation"

The Cluster of Excellence deals in its first thematic year with the conflicts that arise from tensions between different political, cultural and religious groups in the population, and the questions of identity they raise.

Recent Publications

Publications from the Cluster of Excellence