University of Innsbruck


The „Postsecular Conflicts“ (POSEC) is a 5-year research project about religious-moral conflicts in contemporary societies, in particular conflicts regarding religious freedom, gender and sexuality, and bioethics. POSEC highlights the transnational dimension of such conflicts and investigates the agenda and transnational networks of traditionalist moral conservative actors and the role of Russian Orthodox actors therein. The project carries the term “postsecular” in the title, because it reflectively connects to debates in political theory about the role of religious arguments in the public sphere and about the relationship between religion, human rights and democracy.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council as a starting grant (2016-21, Nr. 676804) and from the Austrian Science Foundation as a START grant (2015-2016). It is based at the Department of Sociology of the University of Innsbruck and directed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kristina Stoeckl. 




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