RaT's research deals with the exploration of transformation processes in the interplay between religions and society. The diversity of the disciplines involved enables the research centre to approach topics from various perspectives and to apply empirical and hermeneutic methods. The analysis of social processes of transformation is thus part of the work at RaT, as is the interpretation of those religious texts that carry meaning for the self-understanding of a specific society and its members.


From evolving forms of inter-religious dialogue within shifting contexts to the coalitions between religious and political actors, and collaborations within social movements, religions are actively participating in novel alliances. These alliances are forged, lived and narrated in the public sphere, among religious groups as well as in the encounter of religious and secular actors. The interplay between religious groups and secular forces encompasses both complex alliances and conflicts. Read more

Main Research Fields

Research Projects

Current Third-party Funded Research Projects and Ongoing Publications