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)


The Collection and Research Association Gotha - consisting of the Research Library and Research Centre Gotha of the University of Erfurt and the Friedenstein Castle Foundation - is organising a summer school on the subject of "Weather Phenomena.…

The international collegiate research group "Religion and Urbanity" of the University of Erfurt invites you to a public tour of the city on June, 30.

The state government of Thuringia has announced that it will set up a scientific advisory board this week to advise it on the Corona crisis. The board brings together twelve experts from a wide range of disciplines, including psychologist Prof. Dr.…

Dr. Nicole Podschuweit, Academic Councillor in Communication Science at the University of Erfurt, has been awarded first prize for the best communication science journal article in 2019 at the annual conference of the German Society for Journalism…

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