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)


With the "Planetary Health Action Acceptance Study Erfurt" (PHA²SE), a new project has now been starting at the University of Erfurt to investigate the German population's attitude towards climate protection. Under the direction of psychologist…

On behalf of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), researchers at the University of Erfurt - Constanze Rossmann, Anne Reinhardt and Winja Weber from the Department of Communication Studies - conducted two online surveys on the topic of…

For some years now, destroyed synagogues have been reconstructed virtually. Among them is now the reconstruction of the Great Synagogue in Erfurt, which was consecrated in 1884 and destroyed by the National Socialists in 1938. The project was…

The second episode of the science podcast "WortMelder" from the University of Erfurt has just gone online. This time we talk to Professor Jürgen Martschukat about "Racism and Violence. Conflict History in the USA".

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