Some 200 academics from more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences belong to the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. It is headed by a board of directors which is elected for two years and consists of nine members entitled to vote, as well as by the meeting of the principal investigators (PI). Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack, religious sociologist, is the current speaker of the Cluster of Excellence. Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, historian, is the current deputy speaker of the Cluster of Excellence.
The members of the Cluster of Excellence convene for a full meeting once every semester in order to discuss their research agenda and common activities. An advisory board, consisting of internationally renowned scholars, gives academic advice to the Cluster of Excellence and makes recommendations for its further work.
The Cluster’s management is responsible for the academic coordination and practical organisation of the Cluster of Excellence. The Cluster maintains a Graduate School and a Postdoctoral Programme for the promotion of junior researchers and of the unity of research and teaching. The institutions offer junior researches the independent participation in interdisciplinary research. Literary scholar Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf is the equal opportunity commissioner of the Cluster of Excellence. The first point of contact for the public is the Centre for Research Communication, which advances the dialogue with the media and with the public.