Our Senior Research Fellow Hans-Georg Ebert has recieved the price of the Scientific Association for Islamic Theology (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Islamsiche Theologie, WGIT) on 27 November 2019 in Osnabrück.more
Our former Senior Research Fellow Dagmar Schwerk gave a detailed interview to Ngoc Le from the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies News Blog. A major part of the interview is dedicated to Dagmar's experiences in our group and the influence it had on her work.more
Our current Research Fellow Mark R. Mullins has been honoured with the “Order of the Rising Sun” by the Japanese government. He receives the award for his contributions to academic exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and New Zealand.more
Our director Monika Wohlrab-Sahr will join the 2019 annual meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) in Chicago (21-24 November 2019). She will present a talk in Saturday's morning session on "Commemorating David Martin: The Past and Future of Secularization Theory (2)" together with José Casanova and Efe Peker, the session will be chaired by Emily Laxer.more
On 25 June 2019, the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities” conducted the workshop “Religion, Civil Society and Personal (Family) Law Reform in Post-Colonial Nation-States: Interrogating Secularity in India and Beyond”. The workshop traced the changing frames of secularity in the context of governance of personal law in post-colonial nation-states and focused on unpacking some of the recent as well as historical dynamics of judicial reform of personal law in India and other post-colonial countries to think through how the principle of secularity has been intertwined with the questions of authority, authenticity and governance. A report by Mujeebu Rahman K.C.more
Public radio station Deutschlandfunk published a short report on Alevism in Germany featuring parts of an interview with our Senior Research Fellow Markus Dreßler.more
Our Senior Fellow André Laliberté (University of Ottawa) has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Konrad Adenauer Research Award for his entire scientific oeuvre, in particular for his research on East Asian democracies, which in many respects transcends borders. The award is endowed with 60,000 € and is to be used, among other things, to realise a long-term research project at a German research institution.more
The BBC World Service has published a detailed dossier of archival material, contemporary witness reports and detailed background reports on the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 on its homepage.more
Japan and the Japanese are facing major changes these days: for the first time in 200 years, a new Emperor is to be enthroned without his predecessor having died.
This unusual procedure has at the same time given rise to far-reaching discussions about the separation of religion and politics in Japan.
Elisabeth Marx, Junior Researcher at the HCAS "Multiple Secularities" and working on "Notions of the Secular in Intellectual Discourse on Japan" explains the background of these discussions.more
Omer Hacker and Nurit Stadler comment on the the riots evoked by the ‘women of the wall’ on 8 March 2019 at Jerusalem's western wall (Kotel) and the subsequent discussions. They are examining the specific intersection of nationalism, religion and gender in this conflict between Orthodox and non-ortodox interpretations of Judaism. more
With the exhibition Prolog Werkstatt, the Leipzig Museum of Ethnology is currently exploring the colonial past of its collection. A central aspect here is the question of how ascriptions to objects in the museum differ from their original contexts, which perspectives are reflected in them, and which interpretations are thus also given to visitors. Foteine König visited the exhibition and looks at the character of originally religious objects in the museum.more
The Dutch Association for the Study of Religion will host its annual conference in Groningen this year from 30 October to 1 November focusing on Religion and the Production of Difference. Deadline for panel suggestions is 1 April, Deadline for papers is 1 June.more