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The Postsecular Conflicts Research Group, directed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kristina Stoeckl at the Department of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck, specializes in sociological and interdisciplinary research on religion in contemporary society. The theoretical focus of our work lies on social theories of secularization and post-secularity as well as normative political theories on religion & democracy and religion in the public sphere. Our mostly qualitative empirical research revolves around religious and secular actors in value-conflicts and the polarization of the religious field in liberal and conservative currents. With a strong regional focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union and a special attention to transnational and global religious dynamics, the Postsecular Conflicts Research Group has produced pathbreaking research on transnational moral conservative norm mobilization, the Russian Orthodox Church as a global norm entrepreneur, and religion-state relations in Russia and Europe. 



The Postsecular Conflicts Research Group receives funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (POSEC, grant agreement no. ERC-STG-2015-676804) and from the Austrian Science Foundation (grant agreement START Y919-G22). The Research Group is open for new researchers and Kristina Stoeckl invites expressions of interests by PhDs or post-docs who want to apply for research funding.


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