Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies (FIRSt)

The Forum for Interdisciplinary Religious Studies (FIRSt) brings together research activities related to religious studies within the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law and Theology at the University of Göttingen. It provides opportunities for exchange and further development of new research contexts. It is a central component of the university’s strategy to interlink religious studies intra- and interdisciplinarily.


FiReF-FIRSt International Conference: “The Global Dimensions of Religious Othering”, 11 June 2019

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The topic of ‘religious othering’—stereotyping people of other faiths in a prejudicial way—has become an aspect of nationalist politics and social conflict throughout the world, including Europe and the United States. The conference will explore the various ways in which religious phenomena are related to the process of othering—identifying and maintaining group boundaries between those who share a particular form of religious phenomena and those who do not.


Alexander Kenneth Nagel and Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler: Speakers of FiReF-FIRSt

New Speakers

Alexander Kenneth Nagel (Faculty of Social Sciences) and Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler (Faculty of Humanities), both Professors of Religious Studies, have been appointed speaker and deputy speaker of the FiReF-FIRSt.
The Board members of the FiReF-FIRSt thank their predecessors, Hedwig Röckelein and Matthias Koenig, who will remain in the Board for their great commitment for the Forum and their efforts to advance the interdisciplinary study of religion at the Göttingen Campus.