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)


Twice a year, the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association), the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the VG WORT Science Fund and the Federal Foreign Office award prizes to outstanding monographs in the humanities…

Cornelia Betsch, Heisenberg Professor of Health Communication at the University of Erfurt, will be honoured with the German Psychology Award 2021. The award, endowed with 10,000 euros, will be presented on 25 November in Berlin.

The research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation" invites to its next event as part of its summer semester colloquium at the University of Erfurt on Thursday, 6 May. It begins at 4 pm. This time, Greta Hartmann, M.A., and Dr.…

The Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt starts its summer programme on 6 May - due to Corona, it will also take place in digital form this time.

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