A major area of research focuses on the momentum of religion and on tradition, including non-religious contexts.
The Research Department CERES combines interdisciplinary research from 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. A central focus lies on researching the internal dynamics of religion and its interactions with other areas of society.
Looking at religion has resulted in an interest in processes of cultivating tradition even beyond the religious field. The Research Department thus now also combines research on the topic area “tradition”. Priority is given to questions such as how traditions arise, what their functions are, when and why they are revitalised and under what conditions they act as an obstacle or a catalyst for the development of civil society.