Knowledge, Spaces, and Media

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The research focus "Knowledge, Spaces, and Media" has been reconstituted in 2017 in order to create a common basis for the research of 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 the overall collaborations have long shown that this research focus is an attractive field, which is capable of developing even further. Together with the Gotha Collection and Research Network, the mutual constitution processes of knowledge, spaces and media are being investigated at the University of Erfurt. Each of these three perspectives bringing up common questions. 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? To what extent do media constitute spaces? Thus the result of this specific research focus is a distinct form of cultural studies at the University of Erfurt, which also integrates approaches of social science and - as practiced for example in the research group "Religion and Urbanity: Mutual Formations" - religious studies.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


The German Research Foundation (DFG) is supporting the research project "Institutionalising the law of nature and nations: The universities of Kiel, Greifswald and Rostock 1648–1806" at the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt with…

A German-Egyptian summer school on the conservation and digitisation of Oriental manuscripts will take place from 18 to 22 July at the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt. It is organised by the DFG-funded project "Cultural Heritage in…

With "Qalamos: Connecting Manuscript Traditions", a new online portal will be launched on 28 June 2022. It provides access to information on more than 55,000 manuscripts and block prints from Asian and African script traditions. The Gotha Research…

A new book by Iris Schröder, Felix Schürmann and Wolfgang Struck on cartographies of the oceans and the formation of the global world will be published by Wallstein in August 2022 under the title "Jenseits des Terrazentrismus" (beyond terracentris).

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