Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies RESILIENCE Is Ready to Start

September 10, 2020

Thirteen academic institutions from eleven countries are working on the establishment of a permanent European Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies, named RESILIENCE.
Yesterday they submitted an application for the Research Infrastructure to be included in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021. The inclusion of RESILIENCE in this Roadmap will assure partners that a framework to actually start the preparation phase of the infrastructure is in place.


Discerning the increasing interest in research on Religious Studies and the growing importance of these studies, RESILIENCE aims at improving access to knowledge related to religion. At the same time, tools and support are needed, in order to make available, interpret and handle this knowledge. RESILIENCE will respond to this need, establishing a permanent European Infrastructure on Religious Studies.


Building on the traditions of participating institutions, RESILIENCE’s history dates back to 2014. Since September 2019 the partners have been working on reaching the maturity required to be included in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021. A design has been made for the future infrastructure and the services have been defined, along with a sustainable budget and a stable governance model, which basically means that the Research Infrastructure is ready to start.


Inclusion of RESILIENCE in the Roadmap will assure partners of a framework to actually start in the near future the preparation phase of the infrastructure.

Read the press release in full here.

INIRE-FSCIRE virtual seminars on "Religion in a pandemic"

September 9, 2020

What function does religion have in a pandemic? How have faith communities been affected by, and responded to, the current crisis? How might we envisage a post-pandemic world through the lens of religion?


The International Network on Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE), in collaboration with Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII (FSCIRE), hosted virtual seminar sessions in which over 40 scholars, religious leaders, and students from around the globe met to discuss these and other questions. Over the course of these sessions, participants explored the central themes of religious authority and response in a time of crisis and heard the personal reflections of students on the pandemic.

The recordings of the virtual seminars are available online at this address:

ReIReSearch, a New Search Tool for Researchers in Religious Studies

August 28, 2020

ReIReS is pleased to announce the launch of ReIReSearch, an integrated research database for religious studies. The database combines the rich collections of various European institutions, thus offering a new search tool and improved access to researchers in religious studies.

ReIReSearch contains a variety of contributions from the academic libraries of the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, KU Leuven, and Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. At the moment, ReIReSearch includes among other things Hebrew manuscripts from 1700 to 1920 from the Jewish Community of Mainz, a digitized version of the sources of church councils, a selection of rare books and manuscripts from the Maurits Sabbe Library and books related to the fields of Slavic studies and religion. ReIReSearch also returns search results from the Index Religiosus database provided by Brepols Publishers for users who have access to this subscription database. ReIReS plans to continue importing data from other (academic) libraries and research databases as often as possible, thus adding to the usefulness of the service.

Read the Press Release in full and access the database here:

Donne di fede. Diversità spirituali in prospettiva femminile

August 4, 2020

LIREC announces a new date for the conference Donne di fede. Diversità Spirituali in prospettiva femminile.

The meeting will be held online on Monday, October 5th, 2020.

More information will be available here soon after the summer break. Stay tuned!

Research news from Münster

July 29, 2020

Find out the latest research news from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster:


Already 300 years ago: Epidemics and conspiracy theories

According to historians, conspiracy theorists who do not believe in the pandemic already existed exactly 300 years ago.

Read the full article here.


Dossier „Hagia Sophia – religious buildings and the history of their conversion“

From a historical perspective, the conversion of religiously and politically charged buildings such as Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is no new phenomenon, branching back to antiquity. A multitude of such cases can be found in all epochs, religions and regions, as the dossier "Hagia Sophia – religious buildings and the history of their conversion" shows. In a further, the dossier traces the eventful history of Hagia Sophia with its interior and exterior changes from the 6th to the 21st centuries.

​Read the full article here.

Call for Papers. Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity. Voices, Fruits & Failures

July 22, 2020

Righteousness is a verb not a noun. This became apparent in the theological and philosophical debates in Early Modern Christianity as well as in socio-political, legal and economical discussions during that time. These two spheres of debate were closely connected in theory and in practice. Different views on a  righteous God and a righteous society resulted in debates, turmoil, plans and projects that are reflected in art and literature.


Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC), in cooperation with Fscire and the Coram Deo Programinvites proposals for the international conference 'Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity. Voices, Fruits & Failures', to be held in Bologna, September 15-17, 2021.


The conference focuses on the question of how the issue of righteousness was dealt with in Early Modern Christianity as a period that brought about immense and longlasting changes and brought forth inspiring individuals with innovative ideas.

What concepts of righteousness were presented? What projects towards more righteousness were undertaken and what were their successes or failures? What was done to encourage righteousness in the various areas of life?

Interested participants are requested to send an abstract of maximum 1500 characters (incl. blank spaces) and an abbreviated CV via the application form before October 1, 2020.

A list of possible paper topics, full information about the conference, and the application form are available here.

Alberigo School for Advanced Religious Studies. Seminars

July 10, 2020

We are pleased to share with you the schedule of the 2020-2021 research seminars season, organised by Fscire in the frame of the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies


The seminars are held by internationally renowned scholars and cover a wide range of interests and research lines, both in the history of Christianity and in the history and Doctrines of Islam.

Students and scholars who wish to attend are invited to send an email to Notifications about possible re-schedulings or cancellations will be advertised here.


For more information about the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies is available at this link.

Minorities and COVID-19: Full Episodes list

July 8, 2020

The Institute for Minority Rights, Eurac Research invites you to join a webinar series to investigate the challenges minorities worldwide are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers and policymakers will help us deepen our understanding of "Minorities and Covid-19" during ten appointments, scheduled from May 13 to July 14.


Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award. Winners announced

June 22, 2020

The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) and Fscire are pleased to announce that Italian journalist Federica Tourn was awarded the first edition of the Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award for her coverage about religion discrimination in Italian prisons Dio dietro le sbarre / God behind bars.


The international jury also awarded three special mentions to journalists Gerald Drißner (Austria) for Kolossale Ambitionen einer kleinen Stadt / The colossal ambitions of a little town; László Szőcs (Hungary) for Megtalált jegygyűrű / A wedding ring recovered; and Chiara Zappa (Italy), for Papa Francesco ad Abu Dhabi: La Chiesa in terra araba / Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi: The Church on Arab soil.

The Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award was launched by the IARJ and Fscire in Bologna in March 2019 during the annual conference of the European Academy of Religion (EuARe) to honour the work of journalists covering faith and religion in Europe, including Iceland and Russia, and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean basin. The award program is run by the IARJ and funded by Fscire.


In its first edition, it received 71 entries. The entries came from journalists based in countries including Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The IARJ and the FSCIRE thank all of the participants in the contest for entering their stories to the first edition of the Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award.

Read the full news and the jury’s comments on the winner and the special mentioned here.

COVID-19 and Religion: Between Nationalism and Communal Responsibility

June 8, 2020

Call for applications: teaching position in Dublin

June 8, 2020

The Loyola Institute is pleased to announce that the School seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor to teach and supervise in theology in the Catholic tradition.

As well as contributing to the School’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught courses in theology, the appointed person will be expected to supervise MPhil and PhD dissertations, to participate across the range of School activities and especially to contribute to the development of the Loyola Institute.

A full job description and details can be found here:


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