Institute of Ethics and Theological Research

The Institute works from the innovative perspective that religion is medially constituted. This is currently the name, the duty and the state of religion. This means that synergies can be used, because religion as a medium is encountered in various media: word, number, image and sound - for example, when music is brought in.

Research activities

Systematic theology and Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Theology Studies
is currently administrated by Dr. Heiko Wojtkowiak

Protestant Religious Education
by Prof. Dr. Vera Uppenkamp


Research and projects at the Institute for Ethics and Theology (IET) cover a wide range of topics: ethics, religious education, systematic and historical theology as well as the interpretation of the Bible and other 'holy' texts. Current research focuses on the trans-religious conversation between Judaism, Islam and Christianity, as well as the question of a plural European religious ethos in the face of the dwindling interpretive power of secularisation theory (Pippa Norris). The question is: Who calls the shots when it comes to religion? How do we learn to talk about it?

You can find more details on current and completed projects in the research database and on the people pages.


The Institute is particularly responsible for the following study programmes in the Bachelor and Master:

The Institute offers individual courses in the areas of complementary studies and the Leuphana Semester. Several lecturers are active in teaching.