University of Tübingen: University of Tübingen opens “Center for Religion, Culture and Society”

The University of Tübingen is opening a “Center for Religion, Culture and Society (CRCS)”: The new center will conduct interdisciplinary research into the role of religion in social, cultural and public life and in historical contexts. The German-American historian Professor Dagmar Herzog (City University of New York) is invited as the keynote speaker for the festive kick-off on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:15 p.m. in the ballroom of the university . She speaks on the subject of “Disability rights and reproductive rights – Germany in the summer of 1989”. Further speakers are Professor Marion Müller (Sociology) and Professor Regina Ammicht Quinn (Ethics) from the University of Tübingen.

The interested public is cordially invited to follow the ceremony via the live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juVcIc3-SYk . The number of guests in the ballroom of the Neue Aula is limited. Please send registrations by email to: crcs @ uni-tuebingen.de .

The CRCS focuses on religious, cultural, secular and social interrelationships. As a platform, it networks researchers from various disciplines and enables an interdisciplinary exchange on the topic, both within the university and internationally. Among other things, guest lectures and monthly colloquia are planned. The university has a variety of religion-related disciplines: two Christian theological faculties (Protestant, Catholic), the Center for Islamic Theology, a traditional Jewish Studies, a non-theological religious studies as well as Oriental and Islamic studies, as well as representatives from literary studies. , Cultural as well as history and social sciences deal with issues

Dagmar Herzog is a Distinguished Professor of History and a Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the City University Graduate Center in New York. Her research and teaching focuses include the history of the Holocaust and its consequences, as well as the history of religion and sexuality. She is currently researching the treatment of disabilities in theology and politics in Germany from 1900 to 2020.

In her celebratory lecture, she talks about how reproductive rights and the rights of the disabled, both laggards in the post-war human rights canon, were viewed as competing – and uncovered unexpected consequences. Herzog focuses on the controversies that broke out in Germany in the summer of 1989 over the utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer and presents them as an overlap with a long-delayed historiographical reconsideration of the National Socialist murder project of the disabled.

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