In August 2015, the XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the International
Association for the History of Religions will take place at Erfurt University,
Erfurt, Germany. The Congress will address the Dynamics of Religion, Past and
Religion is a human, historical, social and cultural phenomenon. As such,
religious ideas, practices, discourses, institutions, and social expressions
are constantly in processes of change. The XXI IAHR World Congress 2015 will
focus on Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present. The Congress will address the
processes of change, the dynamics of religion(s) past and present on several
interconnected levels and sublevels of analysis and theory, such as:
• Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation
• Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition
• The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization
• Methodology: Representations and interpretations
A first call for panels and papers will indicate examples of possible clusters
for panels and individual papers around the different possible themes and
subthemes to be approached in various ways and from the perspectives of
various research traditions.
The first call as well as other major steps towards the XXI IAHR World
Congress 2015 in Erfurt will be announced at the Congress website, and on the
DVRW and IAHR websites.
For more information, visit the Congress websites at
or visit our Facebook page under “International Association for the History of
Religions (IAHR) 2015”
Questions concerning the congress may be directed to
The International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) is a
worldwide body of national and regional member and affiliate associations and
societies dedicated to the academic study of religion. The IAHR is a member of
the Conseil international de la philosophie et des sciences humaines/The
International Council fo r Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH) under the
auspices of UNESCO. The IAHR was founded in 1950 at the 7th Interna¬tional
Congress of the History of Religions in Ams¬terdam. Since then, the IAHR has
grown to 42 national and 6 regional member associations and societies as well
as 4 affiliated societies, reflecting the international and global character
and scope of the association.
The IAHR is composed of a General Assembly, an International Committee, and an
Executive Committee. The General Assembly meets at each Quinquennial Congress
and is composed of all paid up members of constituent member associations and
societies of the association present at that congress. The International
Committee, which consists of two voting delegates from each national or
regional member association or society, meets during every Congress to elect
the Executive Committee, and to make recommendations on matters of importance
to the IAHR. The International Committee also meets once between the
congresses. The Executive Com¬mittee consists of 12 members, repre¬senting
major areas of the world, and features as reasonable a gender balance as
The IAHR holds World Congresses every five years. The next, XXI. Quinquennial
Congress will be held in 2015 in Erfurt, Germany. The IAHR also sponsors
regional and special confer¬ences during the quinquennial periods, and carries
on a tradition of holding its congresses and conferences in as many parts of
the world as possible. This serves to support the work of IAHR member and
affiliate associations and societies, and to encourage international
collaboration and intercultural ex¬change between scholars.
The IAHR publishes the journal Numen in association with Brill Publishers, the
IAHR E-Bulletin with supplements, and a website, www.iahr.dk.
The IAHR seeks to promote the activities of all scholars, member and affiliate
associations and societies who contribute to the historical, social, and
comparative study of religion.
As such, the IAHR is the preeminent international forum for the critical,
analytical and cross-cultural study of religion, past and present.
The IAHR is not a forum for confessional, apologetical, or other similar
All enquiries or communications concerning the IAHR should be addressed to the
Secretary General Professor Tim Jensen.
The DVRW, the German Association for the Study of Religions, is a national
member of the International Association for the History of Religions. The DVRW
aims to promote the academic study of religions at German universities and
towards a wider public via conferences, publications, awards and workshops.
Founded in 1951, it has today more than 350 members, putting emphasis
especially on the support of younger scholars. Its biannual conferences open
up new fields of research to scholars from historical and contemporary,
European as well as non-European fields of study. Being the national body of
Religionswissenschaft (the Study of Religions) in Germany, the DVRW has been
chosen to host the XXI Quinquennial IAHR World Congress in Erfurt, Germany,
together with the local organizing committee.
The University of Erfurt was founded in 1379 as one of the earliest
universities of Germany. Reopening its doors in 1994 with the two key research
focus areas “Education” and “Religion”, it offers high quality education,
placing especial emphasis on interdisciplinary studies.
For the Study of Religion, Erfurt is today one of the top research
universities, attracting internationally distin¬guished scholars and numerous
research programs, including funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
and the European Research Council (ERC).
The city of Erfurt, situated in the heart of Europe in Thuringia, Germany, is
of central importance to the history of the Protestant Reformation, hosting
Martin Luther in the Augustinerkloster, Erfurt, and at Wartburg Castle,
Eisenach, where he translated the New Testament into the vernacular.
Furthermore, the city in which Meister Eckhart lived and taught was a center
of Christian mysticism in the 14th century, and is today one of the best-
preserved sites od medieval Central European Judaism (UNESCO world heritage
status applied for). Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
contributed to its rich cultural heritage in music and literature at the
center fo Weimar classicism. At the same time, it is a paradigm for a post-
socialist, de-Christianized region with a long tradition of critique of
religion and secular humanism.
Lying in the heart of Germany, Erfurt is easily reached by air and rail.
Direct hourly high-speed trains connect Erfurt to Frankfurt Inter-national
Airport (FRA), the main German travel hub. Regular trains also go to and from
Leipzig and Berlin airports.
Erfurt has a well-organized, round-the-clock public transport system directly
linking train station and university campus. All hotels are within easy
walking distance to tram stations.
The IAHR World Congress 2015 Organizing Committee will provide a Congress
Airline offering discount flights to and from Frankfurt Airport. Just follow
the link on our website starting September 2014 to book your flight.
The IAHR 2015 World Congress Committee will partner with climate protection
projects to aim at a net zero carbon footprint. Being aware of our
responsibility to the environment and the amount of CO2-emissions produced in
the process of organizing and operating a world congress, the 2015 Congress
team will implement a green fee supporting climate protection and
sustainability projects to alleviate the environmental impact of the Congress
on our climate. Projects to be sponsored will be chosen with care and subject
to strict environmental guidelines.
To keep our Congress green, please use public transportation wherever