Young Academics Research Group "Networking Religion"

CERES research group Networking Religion was funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The research group was sucessfully finished in October 2014.


The research group combined innovative research on the relation between religion and society with active, structured promotion of five young researchers. The research was focused on the integrative contribution of religious communities in modern migration societies. As a guiding thesis it was assumed that religion plays a major part in shaping immigrants' integration into their new host society. Guided by Prof. Dr. Alexander-Kenneth Nagel, young researchers from the fields of Religious Studies and Sociology investigated the mutiple resources and services provided by religious communities to their members. Researchers of Networking Religion conducted several case studies on religious networks in North Rhine-Westphalia, the German Federal State with most immigrants.

The researchers published several articles and books on their findings. The latest publication (in German only) is: