Budget-financed Bodies

Research Groups

Erfurter RaumZeit Research

The Erfurter RaumZeit Research Group is intensively engaged in the development of theoretical foundations for the conceptualisation of an interdisciplinary, transregional and transepochal investigation of space and time (RaumZeitlichkeiten). The theoretical discussion is one of the trademarks of the ERZ.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Holt Meyer

Voluntariness (Freiwilligkeit)

The research group deals with voluntariness as a political practice in history and the present. The basic assumption of its research is that various types of "voluntariness" („Freiwilligkeit“) are central to the governance of different societies.

Website Research Group on Voluntariness (Freiwilligkeit)

Health and society (Gesundheit und Gesellschaft)

In view of social, demographic and health policy developments, the spread of lifestyles that are harmful to health and the growing threat of epidemics, there is an increasing need to create health-promoting framework conditions and to understand health and illness as social phenomena. Of central importance in this context is the examination of the social and individual backgrounds, consequences and meanings of health and illness, of communication about health and illness as well as the normativity of health and its significance for the positioning of individuals in societies in the past and present.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch

Teacher profession research (Lehrerprofessionsforschung)

„Teacher profession research" aims to bundle, deepen and expand activities in the field of teacher profession research at the University of Erfurt. The research interests in empirical educational research, in subject didactics and in other school-relevant scientific disciplines, which are aimed at teacher education, are to be more closely coordinated within the research group.

Website Teacher profession research

Network for Digital Humanities and Citizen Science

The Network for Digital Humanities and Citizen Science at the University of Erfurt serves the networking and cooperation of Digital Humanities (DH) and CS activities at the University of Erfurt and beyond. It provides a forum for interdisciplinary exchange and scientific understanding of methods and standards in the digital humanities.

 Website Network for Digital Humanities and Citizen Science

Research Units

Research Unit Biographies of Former Bauhaus Members (BeBA)

The Research Unit for Biographies of Former Bauhaus Members (BeBA) is located at the University of Erfurt and emerged from the DFG project "Moving Networks". It is supported by Prof. Dr. Patrick Rössler and Prof. Dr. Magdalena Droste. Other members are Dr. Anke Blümm (Klassik-Stiftung Weimar), Dipl.-Designer Andreas Wolter and Dipl.-Ing. Jens Weber (WeberWolter).

Website Research Unit for Biographies of Former Bauhaus Members (BeBA)

Research Unit for Contemporary Church History in Erfurt (FKZE)

The research unit for Contemporary Church History Erfurt (FKZE) focus on the history of the Catholic Church in the Soviet occupation zone, in the GDR and the communicating of the research results in public.

Website Research Unit for Contemporary Church History Erfurt (FKZE)

Research Unit for Early Modern Natural Law

The Research Unit for Early Modern Natural Law was founded in 2016 and is a joint institution composed of the Max-Weber-Kolleg and the Gotha Research Centre since 2019. It aims to coordinate ongoing research projects about the Natural Law in Early Modern Age and shall be an inspiration for upcoming projects in this field.

Website Research Unit for Early Modern Natural Law

Research Unit for Interculturality and Multilingualism (FIM)

Interculturality and multilingualism represents particularly relevant paradigms today, likewise in either science, education or society. In this context, the research unit FIM aims for research, promotion of young academics and the support of young researchers by coordinating and supervising different projects within the fields of research of teaching, transfer and mediation.

Website Research Unit for Interculturality and Multilingualism (FIM)

Research Unit for The History of the Older University of Erfurt

Established in 2016, the Research Unit for The History of the Older University of Erfurt does focus on the history of its university and makes its research results accessible to a broader public. It is headed by Prof. Dr. Ulman Weiß at the Department of History (Historisches Seminar) at the University of Erfurt.

Website Research Unit for The History of the Older University of Erfurt

Research Unit for Language. Communication. Religious Education

The Research Unit for Language. Communication. Religious Education, established on 1 April 2016, is part of the Martin Luther Institute of the University of Erfurtand is located at the professorship of Religious Education. This research unit deals with current challenges of religious language education and communication about religion in religious education.

Website Language. Communication. Religious Education

Research Unit for Studies on Illuminati

Established in 2018 at the Gotha Research Centre,the Research Unit Studies on Illuminati set itself to do researches on the Illuminati Order, existing from 1776/78 to 1787/88. The most important goal is to render the written estates of the Order and its members accessible to the public. This way source material can be used by other researchers and all those interested in the history of the Order for their own researches.

Website Studies on Illuminati

Interdisciplinary Research Unit for Historical Media (IFhM)

In 2016, the interdisciplinary Research Unit for Historical Media (IFhM) was founded at the University of Erfurt. It is part of the Faculty of Philosophy and is headed by the historian Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller and the communication studies scientist Prof. Dr. Patrick Rössler.

Johann-Gottfried-Herder-Research Centre

The Johann-Gottfried-Herder-Research Centre at the Max-Weber-Kollegwas established in 2015. It sees itself as an interdisciplinary platform for research and scientific exchange on Herder's work. It is particularly interested in providing an overview of the various facets of Herder's thinking. In addition to Herder's preaching activities, it focuses on his philosophy of history and his role as a mediator of knowledge about non-Christian religions.

Website Johann-Gottfried-Herder-Research Centre

Kierkegaard Research Centre

The Kierkegaard Research Centre at the Max-Weber-Kolleg(supported by the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation) coordinates the work on the „Deutsche Søren Kierkegaard Edition“, which has been published by De Gruyter since 2005 and has now published six volumes of Kierkegaard's journals and available lecture notes. This translating, editing, and publishing of Kierkegaard's research is being conducted in the fields of theology, philosophy, and literature, and is reflected in conferences and publications.

Website Kierkegaard Research Centre

Meister-Eckhart-Research Centre

The Meister-Eckhart-Research Centre at the Max-Weber-Kollegfocuses upon the work of Meister Eckhart, especially those related to Thuringia (his Thuringian writings, the Dominican Convent and writings about Begiunes and Beghards), the pre-university connection of Erfurt around 1300 with the University of Paris, and the contemporary and modern reception of Eckhart with its inherent interreligious dimension.

Website Meister-Eckart-Research Centre

Research Networks and Consortia

Health Research | Erfurt Network for Interdisciplinary Exchange in Research, Teaching and Practice (GENIA)

The interfaculty network Health Research | Erfurt Network for Interdisciplinary Exchange in Research, Teaching and Practice (GENIA) has set itself the goal of establishing and promoting the topic of health at the University of Erfurt in research, teaching and further education. The network brings together more than 20 scientists from all faculties and every level of qualification, who regularly exchange information about science and health, seek cooperation both internally and externally, nationally and internationally and cultivate interdisciplinary exchange.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch

Interdisciplinary Forum on Religion (IFR)

The Interdisciplinary Forum on Religion (IFR) is an informal, interfaculty association of scientists at the University of Erfurt who conduct research on religion-related issues. Catholic theologians from the Faculty of Catholic Theology,Protestant theologians from the Martin Luther Institute in the Faculty of Education,religious studies scholars in the Faculty of Philosophy,fellows at the Max-Weber-Kollegand representatives of various other disciplines share their research interests, develop cooperative research projects and are committed to promoting young scholars.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Christoph Bultmann 

Website Interdisciplinary Forum on Religion

Gotha Collection and Research Network

The Gotha Collection and Research Network combines the following three research institutions: the Gotha Research Library, the Gotha Research Centre at the University of Erfurt and the foundation Schloss Friedenstein Gotha. Supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the University of Erfurt, the network aims for making the exceptional Gotha collections as well as the research carried out at the institutions internationally visible and this way intensifies the cooperation between named institutions.

Junior Researcher Networks

Documentary Method

The interfaculty network consists of young scientists from the University of Erfurt as well as other universities and scientific institutions that conduct research on various topics using the documentary method. It aims to network researchers regionally and to increase the quality of research work by jointly interpreting data material and discussing and reflecting on methodological and methodological questions. The members meet regularly in small groups and organize a network meeting once a semester. The group is always open to new members and interested researchers who wish to present and discuss their projects or interpret material.

Contact person: Lea Kallenbach

trans | disziplin Simone Weil denʞkollektiv

The trans | discipline Simone Weil denʞkollektiv was founded in 2019 by Thomas Sojer (Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt), Max Walther (Bauhaus Universität Weimar) and Martina Bengert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). As an egalitarian, international platform, it networks - in close cooperation with the American Weil Societyand the Association pour l‘Étude de la Pensée de Simone Weil - actors from science, art and culture who work with the French philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943). The network focuses on the transdisciplinary exploration of Simone Weil's oeuvre and the realization of a wide variety of event concepts and research projects. Therefor the network has founded its own webpage with different contributions (in form of videos/podcasts/papers), organizes discussion boards, reading groups to establish a collaborative research practice. The digital website helps to overcome boundaries of space and time and supports the dialogue based joint venture of the network.

Contact person: Thomas Sojer

Website trans | disziplin Simone Weil denʞkollektiv

Uni Erfurt Podcasters

We founded the Junior Research Network „Uni Erfurt Podcasters“ to facilitate an exchange of experience and knowledge about podcasting across faculties and disciplines and to bring into contact present and future stakeholders. This network aims to make podcasting more accessible in teaching and to provide an innovative framework for public and transparent science communication. Furthermore, we plan to empirically investigate the effectiveness of podcasting in education and thus initiate evidence-based research on podcasting in digital learning processes. The members meet regularly on the second Friday of each month at 10 a. m. and are always open to other interested researchers.

Contact person: Marcus Berger