VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: “New Research Approaches to the Crossroads of Religion, Society and Culture in ‘Super-Diverse’ Cities”

Launch of the new European Research Network for Religion, Society and Culture UNIC-RESCUe,

New Research Approaches to the Crossroads of Religion, Society, and Culture

in ‘Super-Diverse’ Cities

The conference will focus on trans-disciplinary studies on the field of religiosity and its incidence in social, political, cultural, or educational dynamics in super-diverse cities. Its two-day Virtual Conference aims to present the structure, aims, and main events of the network, apart from introducing the involved international research groups and their research lines.

Furthermore, the conference will explore the newest research approaches for the study of the intersection between religion, society, and culture in European metropolis, with a special emphasis on:

  • Integrative frameworks for the study of religion and society
  • Novel methodological developments and approaches, including Engaged Research
  • Incidence of religious speeches and practices in the social, cultural, or political arena
  • Socio-religious super-diversity and its incidence in public and educative policies
  • Dynamics of toleration, assimilation, or integration of socio-religious minorities
  • The socio-political instrumentalization of religious/theological speeches or belonging


11th December 2023

10:00-11:30 Welcome and Presentation of UNIC-RESCUe: European Research Network for Religion Society and Culture - > This session is open for a wider audience - See the event webpage

11:30-12:30 Ahn Le Tran, Ruhr University Defining the study of socio-religious ‘superdiversity’ in (non-)democratic cities 

12:30-13:30 Safa Nur Kaan, KOC University Decoding identity formation: (In-)exclusion dynamics among Bosnian & Bosniak Muslims 

14:30-15:30 Jens Schlamelcher, Ruhr University Experiences of religious research in ‘super-diverse’ Nord-Rhein Westphalia region 

15:30-16:30 Ivan Pleše, Zagreb University The state of current ecumenical inter-confessional practices among Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants

12th December 2023

10:00-11:00 Andy Körber, Lodz University News Media and its impact on religious changes in Poland 

11:00-12:00 Gorka Urrutia, Deusto University The municipal citizen participation tables and religious plurality: A space to deeper into democratic governance? 

12:30-13:30 Marius de Byl, Ruhr University Tradition and Translation: Religious Education in fragmented and post-traditional contexts 

Coordination: Faculty of Protestant Theology and CERES - Center for religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum 

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