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Institute of Religious Studies

Religious studies (German: Religionswissenschaft) is an academic discipline which employs (but is not limited to) historical, philological, and sociological approaches to analyse past and present religions. Religious studies takes a neutral perspective on religion(s) and is concerned with understanding the religious beliefs and practices of different cultures and eras. 

The Institute of Religious Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin focuses on the European tradition from Greek antiquity to the modern era, whilst also including both scriptural and non-scriptural cultural traditions outside of Europe in its programme. It emphasises the critical examination of fundamental concepts, theories, and methods relevant to the study of religion. This includes the analysis of specific religious and cultural developments as well as of the transfer and transformation of religious ideas and practices in all areas of culture, such as literature, art, philosophy, and the history of scholarship. 

A short history of the institute in German can be found here

 Contact information for general enquiries: 

Address

Fabeckstr. 23–25

14195 Berlin

Germany

Professor Goedde

Nadine Kirschnick, Room 0.1001

Tel. (030) 838 52822

Fax. (030) 838 452 822

Email: Nadine.Kirschnick@fu-berlin.de

Professor Renger                

Alexandra Stellmacher, Room 0.1007

Tel. (030) 838 58159

Fax. (030) 838 458 159

Email: Alexandra.Stellmacher@fu-berlin.de

Office Hours for Professor Goedde (Room 0.1002)

Professor Goedde is taking a sabbatical term during the winter semester 2018/19. Office Hours will be held sporadically on the following dates:

22.11, 13.12, 20.12, 24.01, 31.01, 14.02

Please sign up in advance by sending a brief e-mail to Professor Goedde at susanne.goedde@fu-berlin.de.

Office Hours for the Administrative Assistants of Professor Renger (Room 0.1007)

Professor Renger's administrative team can be reached under arbeitsbereich-renger@geschkult.fu-berlin.de. Office hours for students during the semester are Monday from 10:00 - 11:30 in Room 0.1007.

Office Hours for Professor Renger (Room 0.1009)

Professor Renger's current office hours are updated regularly and can be found posted on her office door. Please sign up for an appointment at least 24 hours in advance using the sign-up sheet outside her office. 

Office Hours for Professor Trînca (Room 0.2006)

Professor Trînca's office hours are by appointment only. To arrange an appointment, please send an e-mail to Professor Trînca at beatrice.trinca@fu-berlin.de.

Office Hours for Professor Schlesier

To contact Professor Schlesier, please send an e-mail to arbeitsbereich-schlesier@geschkult.fu-berlin.de with a clear indication of what you wish to discuss. Office hours are available by appointment only and usually take place Tuesdays from 15:00 - 16:00. 

Office Hours for Professor Zinser

Professor Zinser's office hours are by appointment only. To arrange an appointment, please send an e-mail to Professor Zinser at zinser@zedat.fu-berlin.de.