The Organization of Religion: History, Economics, Sociology

The Organization of Religion: History, Economics, Sociology

08.05.2018 - 08:30 bis 18:30
Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Grüneburgweg 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main


In this workshop, we bring together social scientists from different backgrounds (History, Economics, Sociology…) to discuss religion from an organizational perspective.

We do not constrain ourselves in terms of a certain period, but invite reflections on a number of questions we believe to be fruitful to advance the role of religion in society:

1) How and why did different religions develop different organizational principles for their activities?

2) What functions have religions played in terms of organizing economic activities in society, for instance, in terms of supporting economic exchange, accumulating and investing capital,
or shaping people’s identities towards particular economic or administrative roles in society?

3) How do religious bodies manage or fail to manage the tensions with other institutions such as the crown, a republican government or industry? 


Andreas Fahrmeir (Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Guido Friebel (Goethe University, Frankfurt and CEPR)
Michael Kosfeld (Goethe University, Frankfurt and CEPR)
Pierre Monnet (EHESS, Paris and Goethe University, Frankfurt)
Jean-Philippe Platteau (University of Namur)