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

Associate Professor History of Christianity and Modern Culture

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


Postal address:
Oude Boteringestraat38
Gebouw 1124, ruimte 0145
9712 GK
Phone: +31 50 363 4590

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 (winner of the Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural History) 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 was held in Groningen in June 2017, and a conference on apologetics and politics was convened wtih the support of the British Academy in September 2017.

A third area of research interest is the history of Weltanschauung/worldview in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In spring 2017, I gave a Tedx Talk on the subject.

Since coming to Groningen, I have begun to develop a series of collaborations with NGOs and university partners on the relationship of heritage and interreligious dialogue.

  1. Säkularismus (Freireligiöse, Freidenker, Monisten, Humanisten)

    Weir, T., 2016, Handbuch Religionsgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts im deutschsprachigen Raum. Hölscher, L. & Krech, V. (eds.). Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, Vol. 6/2. p. 189-218 29 p. (Handbuch der Religionsgeschichte im deutschsprachigen Rau).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

  2. The Christian Front Against Godlessness: Anti-Secularism and the Demise of the Weimar Republic, 1928–1933

    Weir, T. H., 1-Nov-2015, In : Past and Present. 229, 1, p. 201-238 38 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. A European Culture War in the Twentieth Century? Antic-Catholicism and Anti-Bolshevism between Moscow, Berlin, and the Vatican 1922 to 1933

    Weir, T., 1-Jun-2015, In : Journal of Religious History. 39, 2, p. 280-306 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Germany and the new global history of secularism: Questioning the postcolonial genealogy

    Weir, T. H., 1-Apr-2015, In : The Germanic Review. 90, 1, p. 6-20 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  5. The Specter of “Godless Jewry”: Secularism and the “Jewish Question” in Late 19th-Century Germany

    Weir, T. H., 1-Dec-2013, In : Central European History. 46, 4, p. 815-849 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Press / Media
  1. Il Patrimonio Religioso in un'Europa Multireligiosa

    Todd Weir


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentProfessional

  2. Zonder dialoog geen toekomst voor religieus erfgoed

    Todd Weir & Lieke Wijnia


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: ResearchPopular

  3. NieuwWij, "Religieus erfgoed wordt multicultureel – maar hoe?"

    Todd Weir


    1 Media contribution

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  1. De Rooms-katholieke emancipatie in het Rijn-Maasland in de 19e eeuw en de kerkelijk kunstenaar Wilhelm Mengelberg

    Andrew Irving (Supervisor) & Todd Weir (Supervisor)

    1-Sep-2019 → …

    Activity: ExaminationSupervision of PhD studentsAcademic

  2. NGG Annual Conference

    Todd Weir (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising an eventAcademic

  3. NWO VIDI (External organisation)

    Todd Weir (Member)


    Activity: MembershipMembership of committeeAcademic

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  1. Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural History

    Weir, Todd (Recipient), 1-Sep-2017


  2. Reinvitation scheme (ca 2400 Euros)

    Weir, Todd (Recipient), Jul-2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

  3. Visiting Scholar and member of the "Society of Scholars" at the Simpson Center for the Humanities

    Weir, Todd (Recipient), Aug-2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitivelyAcademic

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