University of Erfurt
Geschichte und Kulturen der Räume in der Neuzeit
Postfach 90 02 21
Susanne Rau (M.A. in History, Romance Languages and Literatures and Philosophy in 1997, PhD in medieval and modern History in 2001 at Hamburg University, Habilitation in 2008 at Dresden University), is, since 2009, professor of spatial history and cultures at Erfurt University, Germany; since 2011 regular visiting professor at the ENS Lyon and the CIHAM, France, and spokesperson of the research group “Spatio-Temporal Studies Erfurt”. She has published widely in urban history and in the theory, history and anthropology of spaces. Currently, she is leading a research project on the history of cartography in Europe and India and, since 2018, co-directing the newly established Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe „Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations“ (with Jörg Rüpke).
Book Project: "History, Theory and Analysis of Spatio-temporal Dynamics of the Formation of Urbanity"
Within the framework of the research group "Religion and Urbanity" I will not only work on a concept for the investigation of urbanity from a transcultural perspective, but also conduct case studies on different cities in Europe and South Asia. In the case of European cities, the focus is on Hamburg and Lyon. In South Asia, the focus is on cities on the west coast of India: Surat, Mumbai, Goa, Kozhikode and Kochi. In contrast to the European cities, the presence of even more diverse religious groups and their changing constellations over time can be examined here. Which factors have triggered religious change and which urbanity-generating effects religion has had are the guiding questions of the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies (KFG) like most of its projects.
The book project, which goes beyond the case studies, has the preliminary title "History, Theory and Analysis of Spatio-temporal Dynamics of the Formation of Urbanity". This project aims to explore the central question under which conditions, on which occasions, by which groups and in which forms urbanity emerges (and disappears) - not only with regard to religious actors, practices or institutions - for which the continuous exchange with all academic members of the KFG is of particular importance. This is consciously a historical as well as a systematic question, because cities and the ways of life that were formed there represent a quasi worldwide phenomenon that goes back far in time. A purely historical approach would not be able to explain the phenomenon of the urban. In order to be able to observe and compare processes, however, a precise method must be described and analytical terms provided for historical investigations.
History, Space, and Place, London and New York: Routledge 2019.
Rhythmusanalyse nach Lefebvre, in: Taktungen und Rhythmen. Raumzeitliche Perspektiven interdisziplinär, hg. von Sabine Schmolinsky, Diana Hitzke u. Heiner Stahl, Berlin u. Boston 2018, S. 9-24.