prof. dr. T.H. (Todd) Weir


Postal address:
Oude Boteringestraat
Gebouw 1124, ruimte 0145

Phone: +31 50 363 4590

Fax: +31 50 363 6200

Research interests

My research has illuminated different dimensions of the encounter between secularism and religion in modern Europe. My monograph Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The Rise of the Fourth Confession (Cambridge UP, 2014) argued for the insertion of secularism into German religious history, not just as a force acting against the existing Christian confessions, but as a confessional force in its own right.

Recently, I have been pushing this work into the twentieth century, demonstrating that the interwar period marked a second “culture war” in German history. My second monograph investigates secularism and socialism of Germany between 1890 and 1933. As as examing the role of secularism in sociailst culture, it shows that antisecularism was a key element in the organization and radicalization of the political right in the late Weimar Republic.

A second direction of recent work is the transnational history of religion and politics in the interwar period. I initiated and now convene an international research network of ca. 30 scholars on the “Socialism and Religion in the Twentieth Century”, which held its first conference in June 2015 on interwar religious politics. A follow-up conference on religion and socialism in the long 1960s will be held in Groningen in June 2017.

A third area of research interest is the history of Weltanschauung/worldview in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Press / Media

  1. BBC Interview about 40th anniversary of 1968

    Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

  2. QFT festival films of 1968

    Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

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  1. Reinvitation scheme (ca 2400 Euros)

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  2. Honorary Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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