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 Gotha Research Library and the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt have decided to move even closer together in the future, beyond their already close cooperation, and to pursue a coordinated third-party funding strategy in several…

The Research Network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites you to the next event as part of its colloquium in the winter semester 2020/21. Marian Herzog, research assistant at the Chair of Political Theory at the University of Erfurt,…

The website of the much-cited Corona Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO) has been extended by an interactive element: the so-called COSMO Explorer.

In the workshop series "Eine etwas andere Archäologie des Wissens" organised together with the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Erfurt invites to the next event on Thursday, 10 December. This time it will be about "Die 'un-erhabenen'…

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