Third-Party Funded Structure

Collaborative Research Centres

Transregio 294 "Structural Change of Property" in cooperation with the University of Jena (DFG)

The Collaborative Research Centre aims to (re)gain a comprehensive socio-theoretical perspective on property and to investigate an assumed structural change of property in the present. The aim is to a) re-explore historical and conceptual foundations of the Western property system, b) empirically investigate current conflicts over private property, and c) analyse alternatives to (private) property.

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Research Groups

Voluntariness (DFG)

In the project, the researchers take a look at the concept of voluntariness from a historical, sociological and philosophical perspective. The central question is how Western pre-modern and modern, but also non-European societies govern their members through the principle of voluntariness. This includes religiously motivated voluntarism in medieval martyrdom as well as voluntary "participation" in dictatorships. In the end, it should be possible to define voluntariness as a core aspect of governmental governance more precisely than before.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat

Cinema in the GDR - Reception History from 'Below' (Thüringer Aufbaubank)

The focus of the citizen science project "Cinema in the GDR - Reception History from 'Below'" is on the experiences and stories of cinema visitors in the GDR. Based on eyewitness accounts, descriptions and surviving documents, an everyday history of GDR cinema is to be compiled in cooperation with researchers from the University of Erfurt.

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Research Networks

Dictatorship Experience and Transformation: Biographical Processing and Social Representations in East Germany since the 1970s (BMBF)

Initial point of the project is the assumption that not only individual and collective experiences during the GDR itself, but also the deep biographical upheavals of the post-reunification period shape the memory of the GDR. In the following decade, the political debates of 1989/90 gave rise to a conflict of memory that continues to have an impact today. This determines the time frame of the project, which takes a look at both, the last two decades of the GDR and the two following decades of transformation, and deliberately transcends the historical turning point of 1989/90, and the two leading research questions.
1) What concrete experiences of the late GDR and the transformation period do feed current memories, how are they articulated and passed on?
2) How do these memories relate to the diverse public representations of the GDR, and how do the latter support or prevent differentiated forms of historical judgement?

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller

Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference - a Culture-Comparative Analysis of World Relations (BMBF/TMWWDG)

In 2016 the Science Council has given the "green light" for the construction of a new research building. The research building shall enable the implementation of a long-term research program on the topic of "Attraction, Repulsion, Indifference - a Cultural Comparative Analysis of World Relations". This research programme adjoins the interdisciplinary, historical-comparative cultural and social-scientific research of the Max-Weber-Kolleg.


International Centre of Advanced Studies: Metamorphoses of the Political (BMBF)

The project 'M. S. Merian - R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies (ICAS:MP)' in New Delhi is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research since 2015. In summer 2018 the project was successfully transferred into the main phase. The theme of the centre is the metamorphoses of the political in the long twentieth century.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs

Maps – Seas. For a History of Globalization from the Water (BMBF)

The research network is based on the assumption that sea-related maps were a prerequisite for the surge in global interdependence that began in the mid-19th century in two respects: On the one hand, nautical charts, in their function as navigational instruments as well as a medium for research and surveying, made the formation of new links across the oceans possible. On the other hand, sea charts as media of representation and production of global connections have contributed decisively to the development and popularization of the idea of globality in the sense of an ubiquitously networked space of possibilities.

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Iris Schröderand Dr. Felix Schürmann

Qualiteach (BMBF)

The University of Erfurt continues to develop the educational quality of teacher training under the key concepts of identity, immersion and inclusion. Four development areas identified as fundamental challenges are being worked on in a targeted and sustainable manner: anchoring inclusion as a cross-cutting task, promoting professional teacher competence through interdisciplinary teaching-learning arrangements, designing learning opportunities in the mode of research-based learning, and early, profession-related advice and support for students.

Contact person: Dr. Sigrid Heinecke

Research Training Groups

Resonant Self-World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices (DFG/FWF)

The International Research Training Group "Resonant Self-World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices" is a cooperation between the Max-Weber-Kollegat the University of Erfurt and the Karl Franzens Universityin Graz. 
Contact person: Dr. Elisabeth Begemann

Research Cooperations/Networks

Forum for the Study of the Global Condition


Formerly Funded Research Groups