Knowledge, Spaces, and Media Faculty of Philosophy

What is Western about the West?

The project focuses on spatio-temporal practices regarding the production and representation of westernness. With the question of what is Western about the West, it takes up a highly political and socially relevant question.

Duration
02/2018 - 01/2021

Funding
Thüringer Aufbaubank :
420 000 Euro

Project management

Prof. Dr. Holt Meyer
Holder of the professorship for Slavic Literary Studies (Slawistische Literaturwissenschaft) ()

The project focuses on spatio-temporal practices regarding the production and representation of westernness. With the question of what is Western about the West, it takes up a highly political and socially relevant question. It is primarily aimed at three objectives: (1) Scientifically, the joint expertise of the project workers in the field of spatio-temporal practices of world order and appropriation allows new insights into the complex of westernness. The individual projects are chosen in such a way that they interlock in many ways and thus make innovative contributions to the public and scientific debate. (2) Building on this, the Erfurter Raum-Zeit-Forschung (ERZ - Research Group Spatio-Temporal Studies Erfurt) is to be enabled to achieve the primary strategic goal of attracting a DFG Research Group. (3) Finally, the expanding field of cultural studies space and time research is to be developed into an even more visible and profile-building research focus of the University of Erfurt.

Further Information

More about the project "What is Western about the West?" on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt

Cultural Studies and Philosophical SpaceTime Research (especially History Religion Linguistics & Philosophy)