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)


For the second time, Erfurt SpaceTemporality Research is offering the Bachtin-Lefebvre Prize for Studies in SpatioTemporality for research on space-time.

Against the background of the current coronavirus pandemic, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is setting up an interdisciplinary commission for pandemic research. It has 18 members from all scientific fields, including Cornelia Betsch, Heisenberg…

A new publication by Hendrikje Carius, Martin Prell and René Smolarski has just been published by Vandenhoek & Ruprecht under the title "Kooperationen in den digitalen Geisteswissenschaften gestalten" ("Shaping Cooperation in the Digital…

Within the framework of the project "Coronavirus-related Crisis Communication, Information Seeking and Media Effects (CoreCrisis)", the team around Prof. Dr. Constanze Rossmann, Professor of Communication Science with a focus on Social Communication…

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