FEST kompakt

FEST kompakt

Analysen – Stellungnahmen – Perspektiven

The series “FEST kompakt” features contributions on current political and societal topics from the ongoing work of the interdisciplinary Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft (FEST) in Heidelberg. The breadth of topics – which includes perspectives from political and social sciences, cultural studies, philosophy, and theology, as well as law, economics, and natural sciences – is intended to spark interest in the diversity of current scholarly discussions.

Starting from a central term, a current controversy, or a thesis to be discussed, each volume introduces an academic field with the aim to comprehensibly present the essential topics and issues in lay terms. The focus is not on simply presenting facts, but rather on introducing scholarship as a movement of thought, prompting reenactment as well as disagreement. The series addresses readers who want to inform themselves in a sophisticated, concise, and competent manner, and who want to be inspired to further reflection.

Bibliographic details

Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft e.V. (FEST), Heidelberg

Benjamin Held
Thomas Kirchhoff
Frederike van Oorschot
Philipp Stoellger
Ines-Jacqueline Werkner

ISSN (online): 2701-1658
ISSN (Print): 2701-164X

Published so far

Ines-Jacqueline Werkner, Lotta Mayer, Madlen Krüger (Eds.)

Wege aus dem Krieg in der Ukraine: Szenarien - Chancen - Risiken

Based on six scenarios sketching various forms and ways of a possible end to the war in Ukraine, this volume examines the chances and risks connected with them. The authors discuss questions related to military victory, defeat and a negotiated settlement, approaching the various scenarios from the perspectives of international law, peace ethics, and legal ethics. Moreover, the volume focuses on the societal dimension of the war, covering Russian civil society, the role of the churches in the war zone and peace policy questions related to possible future rapprochement and reconciliation.

Ines-Jacqueline Werkner (Ed.)

Stimmen zum Krieg in der Ukraine: Reaktionen jenseits der westlichen Welt

In its first resolution, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine by a clear majority just a few days after the war began and called on Moscow to end its aggression. What at first glance looks like a worldwide condemnation of the Russian war does not stand up to a differentiated view. A closer look shows that it is not the international community of states that disapproves of the Russian aggression, but primarily the West. The volume focuses on the positions of the BRICS states, the MENA region, the post-Soviet space, and various regional organizations.

Ines-Jacqueline Werkner, Madlen Krüger, Lotta Mayer (Eds.)

Krieg in der Ukraine: Hintergründe - Positionen - Reaktionen

Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine poses the biggest threat to peace in Europe since the end of World War II. Moreover, the armed invasion on February 24, 2022 marks a turning point for the European peace and security system: Putin aims not only to extend his influence in eastern Europe but also to establish a new world order. The authors of this edited volume examine the background of the war in Ukraine and the constellation of conflict parties. Furthermore, they analyze positions based on ethics of peace as well as those of the church, and highlight Western reactions to the war.

Sarah Jäger

Jenseits des Patriarchats: Ansätze feministischer Theologie

"If God is male, then the male is God" – this is how the American feminist theologian Mary Daly put it in 1973. Much has happened since then: Different concepts of feminist theology have rethought the central contexts of Christian theology and have dreamed of a more just world for men and women.

This book presents the central course of development of feminist theologies from their beginnings to the present day. At the same time, it outlines an own approach that explores the chances of a contemporary queer gender-conscious theology.

Benjamin Held, Thomas Kirchhoff, Frederike van Oorschot, Philipp Stoellger, Ines-Jacqueline Werkner (Eds.)


"In the beginning was the rupture" – and it didn't stop at just one. The social, political, psychological, legal, ethical, economic, religious and ecclesiastical consequences of Corona will continue to affect living and future generations for years, if not decades. The scientific, literary, aesthetic and simply discursive everyday processing of this re-experience, a "collective trauma," will take time. Against this background, the authors in this volume - following on from the first FEST kompakt volume – take a look at the complex topic of corona impact assessment from different disciplinary perspectives.

Benjamin Held, Thomas Kirchhoff, Frederike van Oorschot, Philipp Stoellger, Ines-Jacqueline Werkner (Eds.)

Corona als Riss: Perspektiven für Kirche, Politik und Ökonomie

The corona pandemic has changed our everyday life, politics and economy in a way that was previously unimaginable. What was previously taken for granted no longer applies – cracks have appeared in the continuity of our worldview and way of life. Some of them have a revealing effect, others lead to ruptures or can hardly be held together. In the hope of controlling the pandemic our possibilities have been limited. Alternatives – not infrequently stopgaps – are developing into a new 'normal'. How can we react to the pandemic and the problems and dilemmas it causes? How can we embrace the emerging opportunities? The authors develop perspectives for the time with and after Corona.