Knowledge, Spaces, and Media

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The research focus "Knowledge, Spaces, and Media" will be reconstituted in 2017 in order to create a common basis for the history of knowledge and science (especially in connection with the Gotha Research Centre), historical-cultural space research and media-related research. The diversity of the projects as well as overarching collaborations have long shown that this is an attractive field of research that is capable of development. In the network of the Gotha and Erfurt locations, the mutual constitution processes of knowledge, spaces and media are being investigated. Connecting questions arise from each of these three perspectives, for example: How is knowledge constituted, ordered and historicised in practices, media and objects? How is knowledge spatialized (in archives, collections, exhibitions), and how are spaces produced through practices, knowledge and media? How do media contribute to the production, storage, mediation and transformation of knowledge? And to what extent do media constitute spaces? The core of the research area is thus a specifically Erfurt cultural studies discipline that also integrates social science approaches and - for example in the research group "Religion and Urbanity: Mutual Formations" - integrates religious studies.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


The BMBF-funded research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites you to its next (digital) colloquium on Thursday, 21 January. It starts at 4 pm. The topic this time is "Talking to contemporary witnesses about civics lessons.…

"Merchants at the late-medieval fairs" is the title of a workshop to which the "Chair of History and Cultures in the Modern Era" at the University of Erfurt invites participants as part of the DFG project CoMOR, on Friday, 22 January. The event will…

In the series " Governance and Social Systems in the Early Modern World", an anthology co-edited by Markus Meumann entitled "The Military in the Early Modern World: A Comparative Approach" has just been published by V&R academic.

From 1 January 2021, the University of Erfurt's Gotha Research Campus will be enriched by a central research institution: in the new year, the Research Centre "Transcultural Studies / Gotha Perthes Collection" (Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle…

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