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

Research

Postal address:
Oude Boteringestraat
38
Gebouw 1124, ruimte 0145
Groningen
Netherlands
Phone: +31 50 363 4590Fax: +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 (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.

Publications
  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: ScientificChapter

  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: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. 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: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  4. 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: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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Press / Media
  1. Reformatisch Dagblad,"Nieuwe Centrum voor Religie en Erfgoed aan RUG geopend"

    Todd Weir

    26/10/2017

    1 item of media coverage

    Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

  2. "What's in a Worldview?" TEDx TALK University of Groningen

    Todd Weir

    10/05/2017

    1 media contribution

    Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

  3. Reformatorisch Dagblad, "Bundeling religiegeschiedenis aan VU tegen versnippering"

    Todd Weir

    28/10/2016

    1 item of media coverage

    Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

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Activities
  1. Gibson Lectures, "Secular and Religious Worldviews: The Hidden Dialogue"

    Weir, T. (Invited speaker)
    Aug-2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. The Specter of Godless Jewry: Secularism and Jewish Question in late 19th Century Germany

    Weir, T. (Keynote speaker)
    11-Feb-2011

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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Prizes
  1. Reinvitation scheme (ca 2400 Euros)

    Todd Weir (Recipient), Jul-2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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