Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations Blog

Kreuzritter auf dem Fußballplatz? Ein Erfurter Graffito

Ganz in der Nähe des Max-Weber-Kollegs befindet sich ein monumentales Graffiti an einer Hauswand. Es handelt sich um von Fußballfans gestaltete oder möglicherweise sogar von Sportfunktionären in Auftrag gegebene Kunst. Um Fußball zu verherrlichen, ruft das Graffiti unterschiedliche kulturelle Vorstellungen auf. Auf dem Weg zur Arbeit ist es morgens möglich, über „Religion und Urbanität“ zu stolpern. Was hat dieses Graffiti mit der Forschungsgruppe zu tun?

Registration open! Summer school “Urban Governance and Civic Participation” in Prague and Budapest

Interested students, postdocs and archivists can now register for the international summer school which the KFG UrbRel co-organises in the summer of 2022. The 8-day program is organised by Katalin Szende (CEU Budapes/Vienna), Zoe Opacic (Birkbeck College London) and Susanne Rau (KFG RelUrb, Erfurt University). This summer school is a follow-up of the online lecture series with the same title which took place in autumn 2021.

Closing Comments of the “Blurring Boundaries” Conference

From the 24th to the 26th of November 2021 the research group “Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations” welcomed international researchers at Ettersburg castle for the conference “Blurring Boundaries”. Organised by Jörg Rüpke and Emiliano R. Urciuoli, the conference aimed to investigate the diffusion of urban religion beyond urban space. Susanne Rau and Martin Fuchs summarise their observations on the previous two days’ programme…

Urban and Rural Plague Prevention: Johann Georg Schiebel’s “Plague Pharmacy” (1680)

It is not always easy to find “urbanity” in early modern sources. Many times, historians have to reconstruct what an author considered to be features of urbanity, by reading carefully and between the lines. This is especially the case because words, such as “urbanity” or “rurality” do not feature in these sources, instead problems and benefits of living in an “urban setting” may be explored by early modern authors…

Lecture Series: Urban Governance and Civic Participation in Words and Stone

Susanne Rau, one of the spokespersons of the KFG, and our former fellows Zoë Opačić and Katalin Szende have organised a lecture series of renowned speakers, who will trace the origins of civic participation in political thought and explore its forms of expression in written and visual media from Late Antiquity to the seventeenth century…

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