The Central European University is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and unique setting for the study of religion in a historical and comparative perspective. Situated at the crossroad of empires and world religions, Vienna offers a microcosm of interactions between religions, cultures and societies.


Rudenko Attends Workshop on Kyiv Church Metropolia

On the 5th and 6th November 2021 junior member of the Center for Religous Studies and a PhD candidate at the Department of History at CEU, Oleksii Rudenko, participated in the workshop 'The Kyiv Church Metropolia searching for its identity in the 16th – 18th centuries’. He presented a paper on the Roxolanian tradition and its transfer in the early modern era, which is a part of his doctoral project, at the panel entitled ’Historical narratives in the process of the formation of Kyiv ecclesiastical identity’. 

István Perczel on Syrian Christians in Kerala

Sidney Castillo of The Relgious Studies Project talks with István Perczel on his research of the Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala and their encounters with Catholic missionaries and Western colonial powers in the early modern period in this episode of the RSP Podcast: When Christians Meet Each Other: The Saint Thomas Christians of Southwest India in the Early Modern Period

Enyedi on Church-State Relation in Hungary

Professor Zsolt Enyedi from the CEU Department for Political Science and Exectutive Committee member at the Center for Religious Studies was recently interviewed by Michal Matlak, Managing Editor of the Review of Democracy and policy advisor for the European Parliament about the development of Church-State relations in Hungary, Viktor Orbán’s vision of Christian Democracy, why the Democracy Institute plays an important symbolic role in Budapest, and his recently published book, “Par

Center for Religious Studies 
The Center for Religious Studies (CRS) is an academic forum at CEU fostering the study of religion. The Center actively initiates and coordinates research and disseminates research results through its academic events and publications that address religion-related questions in critical ways. As a hub of work in humanities and social sciences, CRS collaborates with many CEU departments and academic units. It crosses the boundaries of disciplines, confessional and geo-political categorizations, and covers periods from ancient to modern times. With institutional contacts throughout the region and worldwide, the CRS provides an important site for academic research and communication.

Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies
The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies, issued by the CRS, represents a non-degree certificate in Religious Studies for enrolled MA and PhD students. Over the course of their studies, students are expected to engage in the study of religious phenomena ranging from Antiquity to modernity in a historical framework and through a wide variety of interdisciplinary approaches.

The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies was launched in 2007 by the Center for Religious Studies (formerly the Religious Studies Program). Courses offered by the Center cover the scientific study of the three monotheistic religions, and their elements pertinent various historical periods, focusing on a multidisciplinary approach. Courses are offered by the departments of History, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, and the School of Public Policy. 

The CEU Religious Studies alumni successfully acquire prestigious international scholarships aimed at further study at the prominent universities such as Yale, Oxford, Chicago, and Toronto, as well as many European research centers networked with other European universities. Some of them pursue the PhD programs at CEU, while others enter challenging professional fields pertaining to academia, culture, art and government.

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CRS Director: Jean-Louis Fabiani

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