Institute for Religious Studies
Welcome to the Institute for Religious Studies at Heidelberg University!
Current Events at the Institute for Religious Studies
Semester Opening from the Institute for Religious Studies
Monday, 18.10.2021, 11:30 a.m.
Please note the required registration for this event.
"Gender- und Queerstudies als erkenntnistheoretische
Herausforderung für die Religionswissenschaft" (Gender and Queer Studies as an Epistemological Challenge for Religious Studies)
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Maltese
Missions-, Ökumene- und Religionswissenschaften, Universität Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Inken Prohl
Institut für Religionswissenschaft, Universität Heidelberg
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Religious Studies in Heidelberg
At the Institute for Religious Studies at Heidelberg University both history of religion and current religious developments are subject of teaching and research. The approaches followed in Heidelberg are based in a cultural studies perspective; religious beliefs, practices and materials are products of historical developments, which have to be considered in their respective historical, cultural and societal contexts. Questions of general as well as period-specific religious history and contemporary religious developments are equally considered in research and teaching.
History of Religious Studies in Heidelberg
The subject religious studies was established at Heidelberg University in 1967 with the initial professorship of Günter Lanczkowski (1917-1993). In 1978 this initial professorship was transformed into a full chair in religious history at the Faculty of Philosophy and History, now the Faculty of Philosophy. After the retirement of Günter Lanczkowski in 1982 the professorship remained vacant.
Female Social Realities
Religious studies as a subject draws legitimacy not least from the fact that its perspective is one of cultural studies. Cultural studies takes positions of actors as part of discourses leading to the production of 'reality'. This 'reality' is then contextualized by scholars of religious studies. Contextualizations show the historical conditionality and relativity of reality. Alternative possibilities in historical developments become visible. As a consequence, the status quo can be challenged since it no longer appears as a product of fate or destiny.