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New Graduate Programme on Global Religious History

May 28, 2015

A new graduate programme deals with religious identities in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The programme titled "Global Religious History from a Regional Perspective" runs in close cooperation with research group MC7 "Political Legitimation" and its academic board includes Prof. Dr. Michael Bergunder and further Cluster members.

The graduate programme aims to conduct research from different regional perspectives. However, it also focuses on mutual and multipolar exchange processes between religions. Guiding principles in its research are genealogy (historization) and decentration. The programme thus seeks to explore the history of religions without seeing religious groups of the past only as predecessors of current religious communities. It also avoids a predominantly Western perspective.

The graduate programme "Global Religious History from a Regional Perspective" is funded by the State Graduate Sponsorship Program (Landesgraduiertenförderung). It was initiated by Prof. Dr. Michael Bergunder and started on May 1, 2015. There will be regular coordinating meetings with research group MC7 "Political Legitimation" and interested members of the Cluster are explicitly invited to join the programme's events.

Prof. Dr. Michael Bergunder is Professor for the History of Religions and Mission Studies and coordinator of MC7. Apart from him, a number of other Cluster members are involved: Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Krämer of the Institute for Japanology in Heidelberg is also a coordinator of MC7 and member of MC5 "Global Concepts"Prof. Dr. Hans Harder is Chair of Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures at the South Asia Institute and involved in numerous research projects at the Cluster.

Find further information on the programme's website.


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