EARS is a European network of departments and faculties of Theology and/or Religious Studies.

The structure of EARS is based on different types of partnership (participants, partners and founding partners). Its board is composed of the representatives of the Faculties/Departments of Theology and/or Religious Studies of Amsterdam, Berlin, Strasbourg, Lund, Oslo, and Vienna.


Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a university in Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded in 1880. The VU is one of two large, publicly funded research universities in the city of Amsterdam. The Faculty for Religion and Theology houses a wide diversity of religions and world views, that share one passion: to learn how people relate to that what is sacred to them and to understand how society can cope with this beautiful and sometimes problematic diversity of religion.

Faculteit Religie en Theologie,  2E
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University, Berlin

The Humboldt University of Berlin(German: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, abbreviated HU Berlin) is a university in the central borough of Mitte in Berlin, Germany. It was established by Frederick William III on the initiative of Wilhelm von Humboldt as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) in 1809, and opened in 1810, making it the oldest of Berlin’s four universities.

Burgstraße 26
10178 Berlin

Faculty of Theology, Durham University, Durham

Description: Durham University is a collegiate publicresearch university in Durham, North East England, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It was one of the first universities to commence tuition in England for more than 600 years and is one of a number of institutions that has been described as the third-oldest university in England. As a collegiate university its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and 16 colleges.

The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham, DH1 3LE

Faculty of Theology, University of Genève

The University of Geneva is a public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1559 by John Calvin as a
theological seminary and law school. It remained focused on theology until the 17th century, when it became a center for Enlightenment scholarship. In 1873, it dropped its religious affiliations and became officially secular. Today, the university is the third largest university in Switzerland by number of students.


Uni Bastions
5 rue De-Candolle
CH-1211 Genève 4

Faculty of Theology, University of Graz, Graz

The University of Graz, located in Graz, Austria, is the largest and oldest university in Styria, as well as the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria. The university is divided into six faculties, the two largest are the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The other faculties are the Faculty of Law; the Faculty of Business, Economic and Social sciences; the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences; and the Faculty of CatholicTheology. The Faculty of Medicine was separated from the university by state legislation in 2004 and became an independent university – the Medical University of Graz.


Universitätsplatz 3,
8010 Graz

Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is a university located in Helsinki, Finland since 1829, but was founded in the city of Turku (in Swedish Åbo) in 1640 as the Royal Academy of Åbo, at that time part of the Swedish Empire. It is the oldest and largest university in Finland with the widest range of disciplines available. Around 36,500 students are currently enrolled in the degree programs of the university spread across 11 faculties and 11 research institutes.


Fabianinkatu 33

Faculty of Theology, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg

Heidelberg University is a public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Founded in 1386 on instruction of Pope Urban VI, Heidelberg is Germany’s oldest university and one of the world’s oldest surviving universities. It was the third university established in the Holy Roman Empire. The Faculty of Theology is one of twelve faculties at the University of Heidelberg. It was one of the four founding faculties in 1386


Faculty of Theology
Heidelberg University
Hauptstraße 231
D-69117 Heidelberg

Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College, London

King’s College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a founding constituent college of the federal University of London. King’s was established in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington, when it received its first royal charter (as a university college), and claims to be the fourth oldest university institution in England.


Department of Theology & Religious Studies
Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, abbreviated KU Leuven, is a research university in the Dutch-speaking town of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium. It conducts teaching, research, and services in the sciences, engineering, humanities, medicine, law, and social sciences. Academics at KU Leuven is organized into three groups, Biomedical Sciences Group, Humanities and Social Sciences Group, Science, Engineering and Technology Group, each with its own faculties, departments, and schools offering programs up to doctoral level.


Oude Markt 1
BE-3000 Leuven

Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Lund University

Lund University is a public university, consistently ranking among the world’s top 100 universities. The university, located in the city of Lund in the province of Scania, Sweden, traces its roots back to 1425, when a Franciscan studium generale was founded in Lund next to the Lund Cathedral, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Scandinavia.


Paradisgatan 2

Department of Religious Studies, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart or Catholic University of Milan), known as UCSC or UNICATT or simply Cattolica, is an Italian private research university founded in 1921. Cattolica, with its five affiliated campuses, is the largest private university in Europe and the largest Catholic University in the world. Its main campus is located in Milan, Italy, with satellite campuses in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona and Rome. The University is organized into 12 faculties and 7 postgraduate schools.


Largo A. Gemelli 1,
20123, Milano

Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo

Norwegian School of Theology (1908), formerly the Free Faculty of Theology is an accredited Norwegian Specialized University focused on Theology, Religion, Education, and Social Studies, located in Oslo, Norway. With three departments (the Department of Theology, the Department of Religious Education and Pedagogical Studies, and the Department of Religion and Society), the Norwegian School of Theology educates scholars (PhD), teachers, ministers, and other professionals at the undergraduate and graduate level for leadership and service both nationally and internationally. It is Norway’s largest school of theology, religion and social sciences, and enrolls approximately 1200 students from both Norway and other countries


Gydasvei 4,

Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Oslo

The University of Oslo (Norwegian: Universitetet i Oslo), until 1939 named the Royal Frederick University (Norwegian: Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet), is the oldest university in Norway, located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The university has approximately 27,700 students and employs around 6,000 people. Its faculties include (Lutheran) Theology (with the Lutheran Church of Norway having been Norway’s state church since 1536), Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, Dentistry, and Education.


Domus Theologica
Blindernveien 9
0371 OSLO

Faculty of Catholic Theology, University Paderborn, Paderborn

Paderborn University is one of the fourteen universities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. It was founded in 1972 and 20,308 students were enrolled at the university in the wintersemester 2016/2017. It offers 62 different degree programmes. The  Department of Catholic Theology is part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.


Warburger Strasse 100,
33098, Paderborn.

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Université PSL, Paris

The École pratique des hautes études, abbreviated EPHE, is a Grand Établissement in Paris, France, and a constituent college of PSL Research University . It is counted among France’s most prestigious research and higher education institutions. It is highly selective and member of the elite Université PSL (with ENS Ulm, EHESS or Ecole des Mines …). Its degrees in religious studies and in history count among the best in the world.


Les Patios Saint-Jacques
4-14 Rue Ferrus
75014 Paris

Citcem, Transdisciplinary Research Centre ‘Culture, Spaca and Memory’, Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, Porto

The University of Porto (Universidade do Porto) is a Portuguese public university located in Porto, and founded on 22 March 1911. It is the second largest Portuguese university by number of enrolled students, after the University of Lisbon, and has one of the most noted research outputs in Portugal. Today, about 28,000 students (11,000 postgraduate) attend the programmes and courses provided by the U.Porto’s fifteen schools (13 faculties, a biomedical sciences institute and a business school, each one with a considerable degree of autonomy)

Casa da Prelada
Rua dos Castelos 485

Le GIS SCIRTHES, Faculté de Théologie Protestante et Faculté de Théologie Catholique, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg

The University of Strasbourg is a French university in Strasbourg. With nearly 42,000 students and 5,230 staff members in 86 research centers, the university is the largest French university.


Palais Universitaire
9 place de l’université, Rez-de-chaussée
BP 90020 – 67084 Strasbourg Cedex

Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Uppsala

Uppsala University is a research university in Uppsala, Sweden, and is the oldest university in Sweden and all of the Nordic countries still in operation, founded in 1477. It ranks among the world’s 100 best universities in several high-profile international rankings. The university uses “Gratiae veritas naturae” as its motto and embraces natural sciences.

Dag Hammarskjölds väg 7,

Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna, Vienna

The University of Vienna is a public university located in Vienna, Austria. It was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 and is one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna has developed into one of the largest universities in Europe, and also one of the most renowned, especially in the Humanities. It is associated with 15 Nobel prize winners and has been the academic home to a large number of scholars of historical as well as of academic importance.


Universitätsring 1
1010 Vienna

Why do I consider EARS to be something very precious and highly relevant? Consider this: theology and religious studies try to understand the dynamics of religion in past and present times. That is why many of our faculties/departments still play an important role in the education of the future clergy. Yet, our society asks us to consider new, unexpected and urgent questions about religion. Dealing with these pressing questions, that in general have very little to do with the traditional confessional outlook of theology, obliges us also to look for a new legitimization of our discipline. Ours is also the task to contribute to the discussions on topics such as gender, artificial intelligence, security, genetic engineering or the crisis of democracy. All these issues can only be dealt with at a European scale and in all these debates, faculties and departments of theology and religious studies should be far more visible than they actually are. Dealing with societal issues, looking for a new legitimization of our discipline, making our knowledge available to the whole of society and playing a serious role in the debates of the future shape of humanity, that why I think EARS is a crucial network for scholars in the domain of religious studies and theology.

Matthias Smalbrugge
Faculty of Religion and Theology
VU University Amsterdam