Fields of Activity:
Researcher on the project “The Ethos of religious Peace Builders”, theory of religion, peace ethjcs
Religion and conflict, religion and peace, theories and methods of sociology of religion, German idealism
Seibert, Leif: "Glaubwürdigkeit als religiöses Vermögen. Grundlagen eines Feldmodells nach Bourdieu am Beispiel Bosnien-Herzegowinas" in: Berliner Journal für Soziologie: Volume 20, Issue 1 (2010), S. 89-117. weitere Informationen
Seibert, Leif: "Kulturelle Differenz und Versöhnung - Die Herausforderung der Toleranz", in: Hauswedell, Corinna (Hg.): Frieden und Gerechtigkeit - Dilemmata heutiger Friedensethik und -politik Zur Diskussion der Denkschrift der EKD (Loccumer Protokoll 24/08), Rehburg-Loccum 2009
Schäfer, Heinrich/Hahne, Patrick/Seibert, Leif, „Das Ethos religiöser Friedenstifter“, in: EPD Dokumentation 10/08. Religion – Konflikt – Frieden (Beiträge zur Jahrestagung 2007 des Forschungsverbundes Religion und Konflikt), Frankfurt a.M. 2008.
Wunn, Ina/Schmitz, Bertram/Seibert, Leif, „Zur Einleitung: Die religiöse Organisation im Islam“, in: Wunn, Ina: „Muslimische Gruppierungen in Deutschland – Ein Handbuch“, Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart 2007.
Seibert, Leif, „Niklas Luhmanns Theorie der Religion – Ein interdisziplinärer Beitrag zum Verstehen kultureller Systeme“, Verlag Traugott Bautz, Nordhausen 2004.
Magister in comparative religion and philosophy (from 1998 to 2004), University of Hannover
Currently doctoral student at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)
Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS)
„Ex sancto quodlibet. A religio-sociological study on causes and means of the credibility of institutionalized and non-institutionalized religions within the scope of positive peace-objectives in Bosnia-Herzegovina“
Since the causes and means of the war in Bosnia are strongly marked by religious myths and symbols, established religious groups that attempt to work toward promoting peace are in difficulties today because, more often than not, they do not enjoy the trust of the population. Now a particular type of “prophet” springs into action, that presents itself in opposition to established religious institutions in order to regain the trust and affection of specific religious communities (usually multi-religious groups or spiritual, nondenominational groups).This dissertation project will investigate whether the subcultural conflict between institutional and non-institutional religion can be a fruitful source for religious peace work.
In order to resolve the “culture conflict” in the multi-ethnic state of Bosnia-Herzegovina, it is necessary to have religious education that takes the form of both inter- and intra-religious dialogue. The conditio sine qua non for such efforts are credible religious actors.
Large parts of the local population, however, view (institutionalized) religion more as a spoiler than a peace maker: a priest who, in the past, blessed weapons and preached ethnic hubris, can hardly act as an advocate for tolerance and pluralism today. Therefore the main responsibility for religiously-motivated peace building seems to have been transferred from the religious elite to the grassroots, where small groups and sect-like communities are attempting to organize the peace building process from the ground up. The telos of these efforts is a condition of positive peace in which, in addition to the external-legal conditions, the internal-moral conditions of a stable peace are fulfilled (harmony, integration, reconciliation). Questionable remains, however, the scope and problem solving capabilities of these small groups in comparison to international actors and institutional ecclesia; whether their credibility is based on a conflictive relationship with institutionalized religion; and whether their (re)integration into larger structures would be possible. The dissertation project approaches these questions by linking philosophical concept analysis (Kant, Hegel) and sociological methodology (Weber, Bourdieu, Yinger). Using interviews, the moral value judgements and perceptions of authenticity of the people involved will be investigated and thus their positions in the religious field in relation to opportunities for peace work will be more closely determined.