Institut für Evangelische Theologie und Religionspädagogik


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Prof. Dr. Andrea Strübind

Vice Director

Prof. Dr. Jakob Wöhrle


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Waltraud Scholz

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Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät IV - Institut für Evangelische Theologie und Religionspädagogik
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26129 Oldenburg

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DFG Research Training Group 1608 / 1

DFG Research Training "Self-Making": project proposals

Subjectivation as Ecumenical Theological ResearchTopic

Project proposals for theological dissertations or postdoctoral qualifications for the application of promotion in the research training group "Self-Making. Practices of subjectivation in historical and interdisciplinary perspective", from 01.10.2010 on.

Religion, Religious community, churches can be understood as particular fields of subjectivation of believers or religious function carriers (incumbents). This point should be discussed primarily in relation to the ecumenical research (interfaith dialogue ecumenism and intercultural ecumenism).

The interdisciplinary nature of the college allows it, that special attention can be given to the empirical findings to be collected. The following project proposals are to be understood as an idea for possibly creating own projects suited for the research training group.

1. Subjectivation as a Concept of the Development of Christian Identity

  • What concepts can be discovered in the theological theories and how can they be demonstrated empirically?
  • Are there confessional or cultural differences?
  • Which role do emotions (sorrow, joy, complaint) play in the happening of subjectivation?

Academic theological literature of different epochs / denominations / cultures; religious education research, catechetical research on concepts of Christian education, practical-theological research on worship and spirituality, biographical research, empirical investigation e.g. among couples of different confessions / families or in religious educational institutions, case studies of young theological mission churches in the so-called Third World, forms of worship.

2. Subjectivation as Topic in Ecumenical Research

  • What elements of Christian religious practice can be understood as practices of subjectivation (prayer, service/worship, sacraments)?
  • What is the role of the body and corporeality in Christian subjectivation (e.g. understanding of sacraments and its practices)?
  • To what extent topics of ecumenical dialogue can be understood as a dispute over religious forms and practices of subjectivation (infant or adult baptism, the Eucharist, ecclesiology, comprehension of administration, ordination of women)?

Academic theological literature of different epochs / confessions / cultures, practical theological research, empirical studies as case studies to the respective issues (e.g. survey of candidates for baptism, office holders, community members).

3. Forms of Habitus in Christian Subjectivation

  • Are there Christian forms of habitus that can be described as elements of confessional mentality?
  • To what extent they can be described as products of intercultural correlation (e.g. obedience, forgiveness, peace, work, fashion (jewellery, clothing), anti-alcoholism, confession / testimony / martyrdom, gender images, dispute over women´s ordination in Lutheran churches)?

Academic theological literature, catechetical research, practical-theological research, church historical studies, mission scientific case studies, empirical studies among members of religious congregations / communities, Christian communities in non-Christian environment, the young Third World churches, Lutheran communities without women´s ordination.

4. Metaphor complexes of Christian Language Currents and their Connection to Practices of Subjectivation

  • To what extent one can establish connections between the theological relevance of certain guiding metaphors and corresponding forms of Christian subjectivation – such as reincarnation and sacramentality, of covenant theology and reciprocal worship structure, (Godsend) gift of God and subjectivation of believers as receivers – and to what extent minimized denominational specifics can be identified?

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Link-Wieczorek


DFG Research Training Group 1608 / 1 "Self-Making. Practices of subjectivation in historical and interdisciplinary perspective"

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