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Professor for Religious Studies; CERES Director & Speaker of the Research Department;
Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions;
Project leader Graduate School RePliR & Project leader relNet

Volkhard Krech, born in 1962, is professor of Religious Studies at Bochum University, Germany, and director of the International Research Consortium on “Dynamics in the History of Religions” as well as of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES). His main research interests cover the theory of religion and history of religions, religious pluralisation and globalisation, processes of sacralisation, religion and violence, religion and art, and history of Religious Studies. His publications include Georg Simmels Religionstheorie (1998), Religionssoziologie (Bielefeld 1999), Wissenschaft und Religion. Studien zur Geschichte der Religionsforschung in Deutschland 1870-1933 (Tübingen 2002), “Sacrifice and Holy War: A Study of Religion and Violence” (p. 1005-1021 in W. Heitmeyer and J. Hagan [eds.]: International Handbook of Violence Research. Kluwer Academic Publications: Dordrecht/Boston/London 2003), “The Religious Field between Globalization and Regionalization: Comparative Perspectives” (with Stefan Huber, in: Bertelsmann Stiftung [ed.], What the World Believes: Analysis and Commentary on the Religion Monitor 2008, Gütersloh 2009, 53–93), a commentary on Georg Simmel’s Die Religion (Reihe Die Gesellschaft, Neue Folge, hg. von Hans Diefenbacher, Bd. 6, 2011), and Wo bleibt die Religion? Studien zur Ambivalenz des Religiösen in der modernen Gesellschaft (Bielefeld 2011).

His position of a professor in Religious Studies is currently represented by Dr. Martin Radermacher.

Office Hours

on appointment

Areas of Research

Theory of Religious History, Religious Pluralism and Globalization, Sacralization, Religion and Violence, Religion and Art, History of Religious Studies

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Publications in the Research Bibliography & Repository

Director of CERES and CERES Directorate

Project Leader of DFG Research Group “Transformation of Religion in the Modern Age” , Dynamics of Text Corpora and Image Programs , Gush Emunim and Hamas , IcoRel , Komparatistik und Theorie der Religionsgeschichte , Migration und Religion. Eine historisch-komparative Untersuchung ausgewählter Migrantengruppen , NORFACE Project on Religious Diversity , Pluralisierung des Religiösen. Zur Transformation religiöser Deutungsmuster aus Sicht der Anbieterseite , Pluralisierung des Religiösen. Zur Transformation religiöser Deutungsmuster in den „neuen“ Mittelschichten der BRD , Religious Diversity in North Rhine-Westphalia , Religious Globalization , relNet , SaWa , Semantic and Social Network Analysis as a Means to Study Religious Contact (SeNeReKo) , Theorie and Empiricism of Religious Evolution and Una sit religio

Cooperation Partner of Project NORFACE Capacity

Professor of CERES

Coordination of Euro-Asian History of Religions , Religion & the Arts , Religious Diversity in Present Times and Religious Encounters

Member of Research Department of CERES RD

RUB Member of Käte Hamburger Kolleg