The aim of this research program, which is funded by the Province of South Tyrol, is to investigate and better understand values, religion and spirituality in the Alpine region, but also in the rest of Europe, fostering a close cooperation between the humanities and social sciences.
In the English-speaking academic world, there is a lively dialogue between social sciences such as sociology and anthropology on the one hand and the classical humanities such as theology and philosophy on the other. This cooperation is firmly anchored institutionally at the Anglo-American faculties of religious studies. In Italy and Austria, as well as in other European countries, religious studies have tended so far to focus more on theoretical analysis rather than on empirical research.
This research program aims to foster an ongoing dialogue between theorietical and empirical research and to offer a better understanding of values and religions, examining their role in modern societies through ethnographic research and sociological analysis.
This program has the following research areas: