To propose innovative interdisciplinary approaches in research and teaching and the dissemination of knowledge contributing to a better understanding of the role of religions and the dynamics of identity in contemporary societies.
The Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute HiSAAR is dedicated to the critical study of religions through a multidisciplinary French, European and more widely international collaboration. This ITI gives the University of Strasbourg the means to increase its involvement in the socio-economic environment as well as in the fields of training and education.
The HiSAAR interdisciplinary thematic institute aims at studying religious facts in an innovative perspective - religious re-structuring: internal transformations and external interactions - which implies an ambitious interdisciplinarity and a transdisciplinary approach: history, sociology, archaeology and anthropology.
Themes and challenges in research
The HiSAAR interdisciplinary thematic institute aims to train specialists in the critical study of religious traditions with a solid knowledge of the literary sources, languages, historical events and cultures in which these traditions were produced.
The methodological approach of this ITI, based on the interdisciplinarity of the many Master's degree courses attached to it and practiced by its main leaders, is profoundly innovative. Providing a variety of methodological tools, this innovative approach opens to the analysis of religious facts through all the disciplines of the human sciences.
This ITI combines an in-depth knowledge of the historical and cultural development of the great religions from antiquity to the present day through the direct reading of primary textual sources, which involves specific linguistic and philological knowledge of the founding texts of the religions as well as the doctrinal and commentary production crystallized in the various traditions, coupled with fundamental contributions from archaeology, sociology, ethnology and anthropology.
The five training and research axes of ITI HiSAAR are:
- Text, intertextuality and tradition.
- Identities and otherness.
- Religions and politics
- Ritual practices: gestures, objects and representations.
- Sex, gender and religions.
The HiSAAR ITI was created for a period of 8 years, from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2028, and has received financial support from IdEx Unistra (ANR-10-IDEX-0002), and funding from the Investissements d'Avenir program within the framework of the SFRI-STRAT'US project (ANR-20-SFRI-0012).