Teaching-Learning-Project: Between Iconophily and Iconoclasm

On the Role of Images in Religion and Society

This teaching-learning-project studies the objections towards images in different cultural and religious contexts, reaching from a reflected criticism to violent destruction. The (partly violent) debate about the caricatures of Mohammed or the destruction of the Buddha-Statues of Bamiyan by the Taliban – these are among examples for a contemporary and historical controversy about images. From the manifold examples, students chose one topic and develop their own research question which will then be studied in the frame of a systematic and comparative research program.

Find more information on the teaching-learning-projects of Ruhr-Universität Bochum (in German) here.

For the results of the student research and the podcast contributions, please click the German version of this project.


01-2018 - 12-2019

Funded by

The rectorate of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Affiliated Persons

Photograph of Dr. Martin Radermacher

Dr. Martin Radermacher

Project Leader

Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 3.13
+49 234 32-24697
Photograph of Dr. Patrick Felix Krüger

Dr. Patrick Felix Krüger

Research Associate

Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 3.14
+49 234 32-21958