This blog considers the mutual formation of urbanity and religion from antiquity to the present in South Asia, (Central) Europe and the Mediterranean. It focuses on specific case studies, like Mediterranean cities of the ancient world, early modern political and religious centres or modern Indian towns, but also introduces more wide-ranging, theoretical investigations.

The blog is connected to the DFG-funded Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies “Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations” (FOR 2779). The research group is based at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies of the University of Erfurt, Germany.

Members of the group are:

Susanne Rau and Jörg Rüpke, Martin Fuchs, Elisa Iori, Sara Keller, Diana Püschel, Aileen Becker, Mateusz Fafinski, Constanze Schaller, Mirjam Wien as well as

Martin Christ and Klara-Maeve O’Reilly, who also jointly manage this blog.

Our current and past fellows and members include: Pralay Kanungo, Rana Behal, Martina Stercken, Harry O. Maier, Cecilia Ames, Supriya Chaudhuri, Qudsiya ContractorKristine Iara, David Garbin, Constanze Graml, Jens-Uwe Hartmann, Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko, Marian Burchardt, Konstantin Akinsha, Cristiana Facchini, Benno Werlen, Maurizio Isabella , Christina Williamson, Sanjay Srivastava, Vanina Kopp, Richard Lim, Katharina Mersch, Katalin Szende, Judith Thissen, Nimrod Luz, Zoë Opacic, Nora Lafi, Ranjeeta Dutta, Anna Sun, Jacques Lévy, Margit Kern, Joachim Trezib, Meera Dass, Francesca Fulminante, Mara Albrecht, Marlis Arnhold, Austin Collins, Raminder Kaur, Enrico Piergiacomi, Shail Mayaram, Ranabir Chakravarti and Mariia Orobinska, Aaron French, Simone Wagner, Emiliano Rubens Urciuoli, Asuman Lätzer-Lasar, Jörg Frey, Enrico Piergiacomi and Judit Mayorossy.

A comprehensive map with all fellows and core group members is available on the UrbRel website at the University of Erfurt.

Beatrice Renzi and Carmen González Gutiérrez are associate fellows of the KFG.

On our open access platform “Religion and Urbanity Online” with de Gruyter we publish articles authored (almost exclusively) by fellows and core group members of the research group Religion and Urbanity (FOR 2779). The articles have been composed in the context our conferences and workshops or as contributions to individual colloquia (i.e. as part of individual fellowships in Erfurt)

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