Save the Dates: RESILIENCE Webinars in 2021

December 14, 2020

The European Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies RESILIENCE is preparing a series of webinars related to Religious Studies which you are welcome to join.

The webinars aim at presenting a specificity of the RESILIENCE partners and the added value of a Research Infrastructure for all Religious Studies, at the same time at collecting feedback from users: what are their needs in this respect? The presentations will deal with a variety of topics and will be of interest for a wide audience, including researchers, librarians, employees of NGOs etc.

The first webinars are scheduled January 14 and 26, 2021, organised by the University of Sofia (EU Enlargement and Linguistic Challenges in the Balkans, January 14, 2021, 9:30 CET | 10:30 EET) and IEG/EPHE (eScriptorium for Handwritten Text Recognition in Humanities Research, January 26, 2021, 14.00-15.00 CET).


More specific information is expected but you can already subscribe to the Sofia University Open Webinar January 14, 2021, here.

Discover the topics of the forthcoming webinars, save the dates and remember: if you want us to keep you posted, you can subscribe at any moment to the RESILIENCE newsletter:

Research news from Münster

December 7, 2020

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


“Corona pandemic is obviously influencing religiosity” | Initial results of a survey by the Cluster of Excellence on corona and faith

Initial results of a survey conducted by the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster on the link between the corona pandemic and religiosity are now available. They show that the COVID 19 crisis is having an impact on people’s faith, explains political scientist Carolin Hillenbrand of the Cluster of Excellence.

Read the full article here.


Corona pandemic: wide-ranging research in the humanities and social sciences on epidemics

Since the beginnings of the corona pandemic, members of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” have conducted wide-ranging research in the humanities and social sciences on epidemics in the past and present.

Read the full article here.


“We are seeing serious conflicts across the world over belonging and demarcation”

First thematic year of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” sheds light on the social challenges of “belonging and demarcation” – science and politics discuss dynamics and tensions between political, cultural, and religious groups – case studies from antiquity to the present – public annual programme 2020/21 comprises a wide range of event and media formats.

Read the full article here.

“Repercussions of colonial pasts still causing problems for populations today”
An interdisciplinary lecture series organized by the Cluster of Excellence examines the influence of imperial legacies on social, cultural and religious affiliations – examples ranging from the Jews in Ancient Rome, to the multi-confessional Fatimid dynasty in the Middle Ages, and to West Africans soldiers employed in the French army – with lectures by Herfried Münkler, Brigitte Reinwald, Lora Wildenthal, Wolfgang Reinhard – as a prelude to the first thematic year “Belonging and Demarcation”.

Read the full article here.


New research projects expand the range of themes at the Cluster of Excellence
The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” is expanding its research programme with five projects from the fields of the sociology of religion and political science, as well as from classical studies and history. The new projects deal with themes ranging from “Religious conservatism and the support for right-wing populist parties” and “Localism and religion in ancient Greece”, to “Divination and politics in the early-modern period” and “Ephesus and its cult spaces: projections of political and religious practice”, to “Cross-organizational and cross-national differences in religious accommodation”.

Read the full article here.


International comparison of religious diversity | NRW graduate school on the regulation of religious diversity enters its second funding phase

The NRW graduate school “Religious Plurality” at the universities of Münster and Bochum is to be extended and will in future examine regional religious diversity in comparison with different countries. This was announced by the University of Münster’s Centre for Religion and Modernity (CRM) and the University of Bochum’s Centre for Religious Studies (CERES) on Tuesday.

Read the full article here.

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!

Call for Papers. Righteousness in Early Modern Christianity: Extended Deadline

October 26, 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 February 1, 2021 (extended deadline).

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

Research news from Münster. Religion and conspiracy theories in the time of corona epidemic

September 21, 2020

Hardly had people in Germany realized that their lives would be fundamentally changed by the corona crisis than virologists and epidemiologists were on hand to inform us about the new situation and its challenges. Conspiracy theories also sprang up, offering comprehensive explanations for the crisis, providing deeper insights into the connections that lay below the surface, and revealing the true causes of the crisis to the uninitiated. The dossier „Religion and conspiracy theories in the time of the corona epidemic“ explores the connection and difference between religion and conspiracy theories in the time of the pandemic.

The dossier is available at this link:

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 on DukeEthics and Fscire YouTube Channels.

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:


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