REFORC. A Workshop for Scholars

June 9, 2021

The Babeș-Bolyai University together with REFORC and the Long Reformation in Eastern Europe (1500–1800) Research Team organizes the workshop New Chances for Research on Early Modern Christianity, October 7-8, 2021, that seeks to present and discuss new projects, new possibilities for cooperation and new initiatives to support junior and senior researchers, universities, and libraries.

Individual research can usually be improved significantly if it gains support from the joint efforts of a teamwork. Yet, teamwork itself and its benefits often originate from informal networks, groups and clusters beyond the formal support of institutions, but brought together temporarily and driven by similar quests and scholarly curiosity.

The workshop in Cluj will present the many possibilities offered by the Reformation Research Consortium (REFORC) in stimulating and facilitating these collaborations.

If you are interested in attending our workshop, you are invited to apply by April 15,
2021 via

More information is available here.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series. Episode 3

June 1, 2021

The third episode of the series, under the title G20 as a Driver to Reduce Poverty and Reignite Growth, is going on take place on June 9, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

At the time of the Covid-19 outbreak of last year, many hoped that social and business restrictions would last a few days or weeks. A year later, the world is mourning the loss of millions of lives while still facing the economic and social effects of the pandemic. With vaccination programs now underway, it is time to implement strategies to address poverty and reignite growth. Reducing poverty has often been a core tenet of most faiths and beliefs. In recent years, studies have shown the positive correlation of freedom of religion or belief and economic growth and prosperity. Our speakers will discuss how religious communities can be a valuable resource due to their extensive experience “on the ground.


All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.


Online book presentation

May 20, 2021

On Friday, May 28, 3 pm (CEST) FSCIRE organizes an online discussion on the recently published book Friday Fish. Fasting and Christianity.

The author, Claudio Ferlan (FBK-ISIG) will explore the topic with Federico Ruozzi (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia/FSCIRE).

The meeting, which is organised in the framework of PluReS (Master's Degree in Religious Pluralism and Historical Knowledge) will be held in Italian. If you are interested in participating please write to

Call for application. ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents

May 20, 2021

The call for applications for the ReIReS School on the Use and Study of Special Documents is still open!


The School will be hosted online by the University of Hamburg, June 15-17, 2021


The School will pay special attention to Jewish manuscripts. The Institute of Jewish Philosophy and Religion together with the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies offer to the starting community a well ruled system of hosting scholars and researchers as well as open access to several tools and facilities in the field of Jewish Studies. We will learn about the research infrastructure at Hamburg, gaining insight to the work of different institutions such as the Institute for the History of the German Jews, the Academy of World Religions and the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC). At the CSMC we will be given the chance to visit the manuscripts labs and learn about different technologies applied to current case studies.


The Course is open to scholars and others affiliated with ReIReS-partners, and to max. 5 attendants from outside the consortium. Attendants from outside the consortium will pay a fee of € 150,00.

To know more about the program of the School and the call (deadline: June 1, 2021), please visit the ReIReS website.


G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: May Issue

May 12, 2021

As the IF20 Forum approaches, more and more preparatory meetings and thematic webinars take place.

The IF20 and FSCIRE are pleased to share the results of the activities held over the last month:

  • the joint IF20-ACLARS webinar on the role of faith based communities in the African COVID-19 response and vaccination effort, which took place on April 20th and April 27th;

  • the webinar Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities, organised by the IF20 working group on Research and Innovation for Science, Technology and Infrastructure on May 5th;

  • the first episode of the webinar series Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit, which was held on May 6th and was devoted to the topic of (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals.

The summaries of the meetings are also available in Italian at the FSCIRE website.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series. Episode 2

May 12, 2021

The second episode of the series, under the title The Gift of Our World: Faith and Environmental Stewardship, is going on take place on May 19, 2021, 15:00 CEST.

For people of faith, our planet is a gift from God. It is our home as we travel through our own life’s journey. As such, it deserves to be respected and cared for. Unfortunately, society has downplayed these simple truths to the advantage of other goals or priorities for too long and now the Earth is asking for our attention. This webinar will explore the religious dimension of environmental stewardship as well as existing initiatives that advocate for a more environmentally responsible economy.


All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.

Research news from Münster

May 12, 2021

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


Protestant parliamentarians not predominantly left-wing

According to researchers, a long-term perspective shows that Protestant parliamentarians cover the entire political spectrum and are by no means predominantly left-wing. “The cliché of the bearded clergyman at anti-nuclear demonstrations, for example, is in need of revision. Although party affiliation has moved a little towards a more social-democratic and green outlook during the past 170 years, it would be going too far to speak of a red-green turn in the spirit of 1968”, explain social ethicist Arnulf von Scheliha and theologian Uta Elisabeth Hohmann, who are researching the parliamentary activities of Protestant theologians from the 19th century to the present day.

Read the full article here.


Cluster of Excellence’s new research podcast “Belonging or Excluded?” sheds light on 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany

According to Jewish scholars, remembering one’s own history, as is the case in the nationwide year of celebration “1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany”, has always been an integral part of Jewish life. “Jewish culture has always had a close relationship with its own history, and not only since the Shoah, and is strongly defined by its collective memory”, say Jewish scholars Regina Grundmann and Katrin Kogman-Appel from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. They were speaking at the start of the Cluster podcast series “Belonging or Excluded? 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany”.

Read the full article here.


“A database for the future” - Religious scholar Perry Schmidt-Leukel on the late Swiss theologian Hans Küng

Not only a critic of the pope and the church: the religious scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel pays tribute in an article to the work of the well-known Swiss theologian Hans Küng to mark his death on 6 April. Küng was concerned above all with “what is actually still credible about the Christian faith today”. He also created “foundations for dialogue between the world’s religions that are far from being exhausted today”.

Read the full article here.


“Not only at Easter: all religions are concerned with life after death”

According to scholars, ideas of life after death, as Christians celebrate at Easter in their belief in the resurrection, shape many religions. “Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists have also developed diverse concepts of the afterlife – as an answer to the great human question: Is there something after death? And, if so, what?”, says the religious studies scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.


Research project on radicalisation among Muslims acquired

As part of its funding line “Social Causes and Effects of Radical Islam in Germany and Europe”, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has awarded €1.46 million to Mouhanad Khorchide (Islamic Religious Education), Detlef Pollack and Olaf Müller (Sociology of Religion), and Levent Tezcan (Social Science Research on Islam in 20th- and 21st-century Europe) to pursue their research project “Resentment as the affective foundations of radicalization”.

Read the full article here.


“Mount Olympus: populated by gods, but devoid of humans”

On Mount Olympus: according to Greek mythology, the celebrated mountain massif was populated by gods; according to archaeologists, though, it was in real life almost entirely devoid of humans for thousands of years. “The highest mountain in the country has thus been from antiquity to the present day a site for the projection of an unusually large number of human imaginings and appropriations – religious, political, pop-cultural”, says archaeologist Achim Lichtenberger from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.


First episode of the “Religion and Politics” podcast – survey on corona and social cohesion

Despite the Corona pandemic and restrictions on contact, people in Germany are continuing to show solidarity and togetherness, according to a survey by the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. In the non-representative online survey from July 2020 to January 2021, 63% of the good 2,300 respondents say that they show more solidarity and helpfulness in their everyday lives during the pandemic. Also, 45% feel more (and only 17% less) connected to their fellow human beings despite the restrictions on physical contact, as political scientist Carolin Hillenbrand from the Cluster of Excellence explains in the new Cluster podcast “Religion and Politics” (in German).

Read the full article here.

Call for Papers. The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity

April 30, 2021

January 26th-28th 2022, the conference The Responsible Society in Early Modern Christianity. Voices & Fruits will be held in Rome. The organizers, Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, and REFORC, welcome paper proposals on related topics.

The conference centers around two main topics: voices and fruits and concentrates geographically on Italy, Northwest Germany and The Netherlands.

The conference is interdisciplinary and comparative regarding various geographical and confessional positions. Papers may be in English, German or Italian. Publication of the proceedings of the conference is intended.

Applications are welcome before June 1, 2021. For application go here.

Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit. Webinar Series

April 30, 2021

The Baha’i International Community, the European Evangelical Alliance, the European Platform Against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, the King Hamad Chair for Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peaceful Co-existence at the Sapienza University of Rome, the Study Center and Magazine Confronti, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - European Union & International Affairs Office, the University of Siena, and the World Faith Development Dialogue, in cooperation with the G20 Interfaith Forum Association and FSCIRE, are organising the webinar series Ahead of the 2021 Italy G20 Summit.

The series will touch on the main themes of this year's G20 Summit that will take place in Rome, October 30-31. The overall objective of the webinar series is to bring together government and religious leaders, experts and officials from multilateral organizations, civil society, and academic institutions to share knowledge and inform on current issues, trends and initiatives addressing the contribution of faith and religious organizations in achieving the priorities set by the Italian chairmanship of this year’s G20 Summit: people, planet, prosperity. Each priority will be further discussed looking at the contribution of religion as a builder of social capital, and the many ways religious communities and institutions contribute across the entire spectrum of society. A final report highlighting the main ideas and outcomes from each of the webinars will be published at the end of the series.

The first episode of the series, under the title (Re-)Building a Post-Covid Society pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, is going on take place on May 6, 2021, 15:00 CEST. All those interested in participating can register themselves at this link.


REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity

April 26, 2021

From May 6 to May 8, 2021, the Research Centre for the Humanities in Budapest will host the Tenth Annual REFORC conference on Early Modern Christianity.


The conference will explore three major thematic perspectives in the plenary lectures:

Long Reformation and Historical Writing;

Social History and the Benefits of Long Reformation;

Multimediality and Fine Arts.

Plenary speakers are Gabriella Gilány (Budapest), James Kelly (Durham), Erica Kiss (Budapest), Volker Leppin (Tübingen), Alec Ryrie (Durham),  Zsombor Tóth (Budapest), and Anna Vind (Copenhagen).

The conference will take place as a hybrid event: it can be attended both in-person and virtually. You can indicate your preference in the registration form. If you have already registered, we will ask you about your preference. Registration closes on May 5, 2021.

International Qur’anic Studies Association: Call for Papers

April 1, 2021

The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is happy to announce its fourth international conference from July 4-11, 2021, hosted by the “Giorgio La Pira” Library (Palermo, Italy). The conference will welcome papers on any topic within the range of the interests of the Qur’anic text encouraging in particular papers that will explore the theme Qur’an in contact: Plurality of views from other traditions, disciplines and peripheries.


The Palermo IQSA Conference Committee welcomes proposals of single papers as well as panels that gather selected speakers invited by the proponent to present on a specific topic.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their abstracts to the attention of Dr. Alba Fedeli at, by April 23, 2021. The organizing committee will send a notification of acceptance for abstracts on May 16, 2021.

Read the call for papers in full here.

JDR Special Issue: Vulnerability and Power

March 3, 2021

The EuARe is pleased to share the news of the recent publishing of the volume: Vulnerability and Religion.


A special issue of the Journal of Disability and Religion, the volume collects the contributions originally planned for the panel Theologies of disability: the power of vulnerability to be held at the EuARe conference 2020.

The editorial for this issue is available in open access here.

Congratulations to our fellow colleagues!

Call for applications. Fscire PhD Programme 2021-2024

February 15, 2021

Fscire is offering three posts, of which at least one with a scholarship, in the fields of the history of religions, exegesis, and theology for the three-year PhD course (2021-2024) at the «Giuseppe Alberigo» European School for Advanced Religious Studies.


The call is open to candidates of any nationality holding a Master’s degree – or equivalent advanced degree qualificationr ecognised by the Italian academic system – in fields relating to the subjects of the specialisation course and obtained before 30 September 2021.


Candidates, less than 26 years of age as of 1 October 2021, may apply for the scholarship.


The application and all additional documents must be sent or delivered by hand to the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School’s secretariat (via San Vitale 114, 40125 Bologna, Italy) by 31 May 2021. The postmark or courier service stamp will serve as proof of the date of dispatch. Applicants are strongly advised to send an electronic copy of their application form and all additional documents in .pdf format (email address:, in addition to the hard copy which must, however, reach the School’s secretariat before the deadline indicated.


For more information please visit the section of the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies at this link.

G20 Interfaith Forum 2021: A Time to Heal

February 12, 2021

From September 12 to September 14, Bologna and Fscire will host the 2021 edition of the G20 Interfaith Forum, a network of institutions linked through religions that contribute ideas and recommendations in response to global issues.


The central theme around which the activities and discussions of IF20 2021 will converge is A Time to Heal. Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions, inspired by a biblical verse from Ecclesiastes.

In this video, Alberto Melloni, Secretary of Fscire and Chairman of the Italian Organising Committee, and Susanna Mancini, professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna School of Law, introduce the Forum and its topic.

To know more about the G20 Interfaith Forum, visit

More information about the programme of the Forum and how to participate and will follow: stay tuned!

FSCIRE to host the G20 Interfaith Forum in 2021

December 2, 2020

In 2021, Italy will host the G20 Summit. In the run-up to the Summit, the Presidency will host several meetings featuring ministers, senior government officials as well as civil society representatives. We are glad to announce that FSCIRE will cooperate with the Italian Presidency in organising and convening the G20 Interfaith Forum (IF20) in Bologna.

The G20 Interfaith Forum is the annual platform that, since 2014, seeks global solutions by collaborating with religious thought leaders and political representatives. It builds on vital roles that religious institutions and beliefs play in world affairs, reflecting a rich diversity of institutions, ideas, and values. The membership includes interfaith and intercultural organizations, religious leaders, scholars, development and humanitarian entities, and business and civil society actors.

The theme for the global gathering, to be held in September 2021, will be: “Time to Heal: Peace Among Cultures, Understanding Between Religions.”

As the Saudi Presidency passes the torch to Italy, the G20 Interfaith Forum will host an online handover ceremony on Thursday, December 3, 4.30-5.30 pm (Rome time). Here you can find the program of the ceremony and the link to register to the Zoom webinar. You are all invited to join the meeting!