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International Research Projects

Intersections of Religion, Gender, and the State. Early and Forced Marriages in Germany and the United States

Dr. Petra Klug

The project addresses the practice of early of forced marriages in different religious communities in Germany and the United States, as for example in conservative Islam, among evangelical Christians, and orthodox Jews.

Video Game Development in Asia. Cultural Heritage and National Identity

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Prof. Dr. Xenia Zeiler (University of Helsinki, Finland), Prof. Dr. Gregory P. Grieve (University of North Carolina, USA), Prof. Dr. Christopher Helland (Dalhousie University, Canada)

The role of media for the construction of cultural heritage and national identities is well accepted and partly researched already. However, much the research is so far limited on mass or social media. The role of video games, though one of the most influential media genres especially for the younger generation and an important factor in social and cultural education, so far has been overlooked...

Minorities and the media. The construction of religious identity in times of deep mediatization

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Lukasz Fajfer

Mediatisation of religion has become one of the key themes in religious studies, especially the role of media in the construction of religious community, authority, and identity by believers and Churches alike. The reasoning behind it is that not only are mass media narratives powerful vehicles for conveying the covert or overt meanings of ‘religious identity’, but also that media use shapes and reshapes identity building processes. An example of this process is the ongoing marginalisation of Christian religious minorities in the media, which was deepened by the refugee crisis through extensive coverage in the mainstream news media of several European countries (such as the UK and Poland)...

Esotericism in Bali

Prof. Dr. Yan Suarsana, Lena Beisel

Esotericism in Bali is a field that has not been explored so far, even though Bali is touted as an esoteric paradise in film and literature as well as in numerous tourism offers...