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A Change of Mind. West-Eastern Church Experiences
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jörg Seiler
Duration
05/2015 - 12/2016
Funding
Bonifatiuswerk:
6 000 €
Jörg Seiler: Ever since they moved to the East as a result of unification, people have been talking about a completely new experience of church and community and the relationship of these East German communities to the public. These experiences are to be examined exemplarily and empirically in the form of targeted interviews. The interviews will be presented in excerpts on listening stations (Katholikentag in Leipzig) and then scientifically evaluated.
Alms Collectors between Charity, Commerce and Denominationalisation
Project management
Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides
Duration
06/2019 - 05/2020
Funding
Gerda Henkel Stiftung:
30 000 €
Vasilios N. Makrides: The immigration of Eastern Orthodox alms collectors from the Ottoman Empire into the Old Empire is the focus of the project. It pursues interwoven questions of migration, knowledge and denominational history. In order to clarify these questions, archives from different territories of the empire will be compared and insights into the history of other types of migrants (traders and students), but also of other charitable groups active in the same field, will be drawn upon.
Annexations and Secessions in the Age of the Global Cold War
Project management
Dr. Christian Methfessel
Duration
10/2018 - 09/2021
Funding
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung:
236 000 €
Christian Methfessel: International borders were surprisingly stable during the Cold War. The project seeks to analyze the reasons for that stability by examining selected territorial conflicts in Africa and South Asia.
Armed Self-Defense in Recent America: Intersectional Perspectives
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat
Duration
10/2018 - 09/2021
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
182 000 €
The project attempts to understand historically the recent escalation of armed violence in everyday US-American life. It focuses primarily on analyzing the frequent justification of the use of firearms as self-defense.
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Between Experience and Memory: Educational Paths of Christian Citizens of the GDR from Socialist Society to the Present Day
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jörg Seiler
Duration
01/2019 - 09/2025
Subproject in the research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation". The research project is based on the observation that the disadvantages of young Christians in the GDR are mostly remembered in close connection with socialist educational institutions. Therefore, the historical study focuses on narratives, practices and structures of inequalities in the education system and explores the educational paths of Christian citizens of the GDR.
Black and Deaf Western Missionaries and Deaf Education in Ghana and Nigeria: The Story of Berta and Andrew Foster - A Case Study in Global History
Project management
PD Dr. Anja Werner
Duration
07/2022 - 06/2025
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
356 650 €
Anja Werner: I examine deaf missionaries Andrew and Berta Foster, who starting in 1957 founded more than 30 schools and churches for the deaf in thirteen African countries.
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Cartographic sources and territorial transformations of Ethiopia since the late 18th century - ETHIOMAP
Project management
Prof. Dr. Iris Schröder
Duration
01/2016 - 01/2019
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
106 000 €
The research project consists of two partner projects which are being carried out in parallel in France (funded by the ANR) and in Germany (funded by the DFG). The aim of the research project is the systematic collection, classification and analysis of historical maps from and about Ethiopia, which are often unknown in Ethiopian research.
Catholic Women Writers as Products and Producers of "Catholic Femininity"?
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jörg Seiler
Duration
09/2016 - 09/2023
Funding
Several donors
300 000 €
Jörg Seiler: The anti-modernist phase of Catholicism was characterized by normative Catholic ascriptions of femininity, which mostly obscured the pluralization dynamics of these decades. Persistence, change and (un)simultaneous emancipative ideas about a Catholic gender order should therefore be reconstructed in church history on the basis of biographical sources and literary works of Catholic women writers. As representatives of a liberal profession, they represented an unbound heterogeneous…
Charts - Oceans
Project management
Several
Duration
07/2018 - 04/2022
Funding
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF):
1 100 000 €
Iris Schröder & Felix Schürmann: Maps have hitherto led a marginal existence in the history of globalization. Sea and ocean charts receive even less attention, despite their unique visualization of maritime spaces and their inherent global connections. The aim of the joint project is to use sea and ocean charts to tell a little-known story in the period of transformation dating from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.
Church Binding and Liturgical Celebration
Project management
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Kranemann
Duration
01/2019 - 12/2022
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
177 000 €
Benedikt Kranemann: In the 19th century, a series of small popular liturgies appeared, which were intended to serve the liturgical education of the faithful. The books are simply structured and written in a way that is easy to understand. They were written in the context of social and ecclesiastical upheavals. Liturgy with its texts and rites is understood as the "face" of the faith of the Catholic Church. The project will bibliographically record these liturgies for the period from the middle…
Cinema in the GDR – Reception History 'from Below'
Project management
Several
Duration
06/2019 - 05/2022
Funding
Several donors
456 000 €
Christiane Kuller: Until now, the history of GDR cinema has been written primarily as a history of state film policy and production, with research largely ignoring the perspective of moviegoers. This is the point of departure for the citizen science research project "Cinema in the GDR", whose goal is to develop an everyday history of GDR cinema together with contemporary witnesses.
CoMOR: "Configurations of European Fairs. Merchants, Objects, Routes (1350-1600)"
Project management
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau
Duration
04/2020 - 10/2023
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
600 000 €
Susanne Rau: "CoMOR" (Configurations of European Fairs. Merchants, Objects, Routes) will examine the history of European fairs from the perspective of increasing market integration in the period from around 1320 (end of the Champagne fairs) to 1630 (decline of the Besançon fairs).
Contested Democracy. Gender, race and sex in US American history
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat
Duration
01/2021 - 12/2024
Funding
Gerda Henkel Stiftung:
161 000 €
The project investigates struggles for hegemony and democracy along the lines of gender, race and sex in the form of a conflict history of the USA in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century.
Cooperation Project "Local Politicization of Global Norms"
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2014 - 12/2017
Funding
Several donors
490 000 €
André Brodocz: The project examines the conditions under which egalitarian norms with a global claim to validity (such as human rights, sustainability, rule of law) actually find acceptance.
Cultural Techniques. Operationality and Spatialization
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jörg Dünne
Duration
01/2015 - 12/2017
Funding
Several donors
299 000 €
Subject of the project "Cultural Techniques. Operationality and Spatialization" (Kulturtechniken. Operationalität und Verräumlichung) deals with the reciprocal constitutional processes of knowledge and action from the perspective of a theory and history of cultural techniques. The specific focus in relation to previous approaches in cultural technology research is on the question of spatialization.
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Damigeron, De Lapidibus
Project management
Prof. Dr. Kai Brodersen
Duration
01/2015 - 06/2015
Funding
Margaret Braine Fellowship der University of Western Australia:
25 000 €
More than 70 healing stones with their healing (or damaging) effects are presented by the ancient author Damigeron (2nd century A.D.) in this almost 2000 year old book, which was highly famous for centuries. For the first time, the work is critically edited, translated and indexed.
Denomination - Education - Politics
Project management
Prof. Dr. Michael Gabel
Duration
09/2012 - 09/2017
Funding
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF):
500 000 €
Michael Gabel: The BMBF-funded project is a fundamental investigation in the field of cultural education for about 40 locations of student communities (KSG and ESG) in Eastern Germany. On the basis of the research results to be published, this will open up a wide range of scientific projects for universities, colleges, social science institutions and institutions of political education: in the fields of politics, (contemporary) history, education, sociology, philosophy, theology, law, ethics and…
Dictatorship Experience and Transformation
Project management
Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller
Duration
01/2019 - 09/2025
Funding
Several donors
1 500 000 €
The starting point of the project is the assumption that not only individual and collective experiences during the GDR (German Democratic Republic - DDR) 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 the last two decades of the GDR…
Digital Indexing of the Estate of Jan Tschichold
Project management
Prof. Dr. Dr. Patrick Rössler
Duration
10/2019 - 04/2021
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
110 000 €
Patrick Rössler: The importance of pictoral representations in the process of political communications is undisputed, but little is known about the standards of media image reporting in the first half of the 20th century. The aim of the proposed research project is therefore identifying empirically supported findings on longer, possibly even decades-spanning developments in this area, in order to arrive at statements about continuities and discontinuities in visual political communication and to…
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Eastern Christians and the Republic of Letters between the 16th and 18th centuries
Project management
Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides
Duration
01/2019 - 12/2021
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
45 000 €
Vasilios N. Makrides: The Republic of Letters, a wide network of intellectuals, also has an Eastern side with numerous actors communicating in Greek, Latin, Arabic or Slavic languages (especially on religious issues). Despite the existence of extensive sources, this topic has rarely been studied interdisciplinary and from an "entangled history" perspective. In order to enable a more complete cartography of this East-West exchange (16th-18th century), this project will bring together scholars of…
Edition of the Correspondence of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
Project management
Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow
Duration
04/2010 - 10/2015
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
336 998 €
The project was dedicated to the indexing of the correspondence of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840), a central figure in the biological and geological science of the late 18th century, which is of great importance in the history of science.
Educational Landscape and Knowledge Culture
Project management
Several
Duration
07/2014 - 05/2017
Funding
Several donors
290 000 €
Gotha was one of the most important centres of innovation in early modern European educational history. In the project, collections-based research will be carried out using the educational history sources collected in the 17th and early 18th centuries with the aim of making the hitherto almost unknown holdings accessible to science and the public and demonstrating their potential for international research in educational history.
Establishment of a cross-university "Scientific Coordination Unit for Dealing with the Colonial Heritage in Thuringia".
Project management
Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller
Duration
09/2021 - 08/2024
Funding
Several donors
300 000 €
The coordination unit builds on the existing expertise on the topic of "colonial heritage" at the Universities of Erfurt and Jena and aims to network and strengthen activities in the future with regard to research, teaching and social dialogue.
Establishment of an oral history research centre
Duration
09/2021 - 09/2025
The research centre focuses on the "East German experience". The research centre takes up the specifics of the GDR and transformation period and discusses the methodology of oral history in this context. As a central institution of this kind in the East German Länder, the research centre is to be expanded into a supra-regional centre and, in terms of its design, be a building block of the nationwide network of oral history institutions that is currently being established.
Expansion of the Gotha Research Library into a Research and Study Centre for the Cultural History of Protestantism in the Early Modern Period
Project management
Dr. Kathrin Paasch
Duration
03/2015 - 02/2018
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
534 000 €
The Gotha Research Library preserves an outstanding collection of sources on the cultural history of Protestantism in the early modern period. This is the basis of the six-year infrastructure project funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation), in which the library combines coordinated activities for the cataloguing and preservation of this important and hitherto largely unexplored material with the further development of its digital services and transfers the results of its work to science…
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Family memories of everyday life and the reality of rule under the SED dictatorship
Project management
Dr. Agnès Arp
Duration
01/2019 - 09/2025
Subproject in the research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation". The research project focuses on the generational stratification of family memories and narratives about experiences in the SED dictatorship and transformation phase after 1989/90. The starting point is the results of the Thuringia Monitor, according to which a predominantly positive judgement of everyday life in the GDR, which is essentially based on the traditions in the close circle of family and friends,…
Fighting the monstrous ‘many-headed multitude’
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
:
1 416 000 €
Cesare Cuttica: A historiographical consensus simply accepts that in the early modern period democracy was reputed to be the worst form of government. However, this scholarly trend leaves a few major questions unanswered: why was this so? How was criticism of democracy articulated? In what ways did different authors and genres depict popular government? Which political concerns and social prejudices informed this anti-democratic paradigm? What is the legacy of such a mindset? In order to address…
Forgotten Bauhaus Women. Fates of life in the 1930s and 1940s
Project management
Prof. Dr. Dr. Patrick Rössler
Duration
10/2021 - 01/2022
Patrick Rössler: The exhibition project "Forgotten Bauhaus Women" by the University of Erfurt and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar is dedicated to researching these fates, of which more than thirty will be presented at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar from October 2021.
From GDR Homeland Studies to Social Studies. Primary school before and after 1989
Project management
Prof. Dr. Sandra Tänzer
Duration
01/2019 - 09/2025
Subproject in the research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation". The average age of teachers at Thuringian schools is around 50. A large number of the primary school teachers working in Thuringia today were educated in the GDR and personally experienced the social upheaval of 1989/1990. They witnessed the change in educational policy and the transformation of the subject of local history from an ethos to a subject, which is now called local history in Thuringian primary schools.…
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G. W. Leibniz and Eastern Europe
Project management
Prof. Dr. Gábor Gángó
Duration
09/2019 - 08/2017
Despite its high relevance for the formation of the early modern consciousness of Europe, the research topic "Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Eastern Europe" proves to be terra incognita in the otherwise already widely explored life and work of the German polymath and calls for fundamental critical discussion. In order to contribute to the revival of an early work that has so far only been marginally treated, I will, during my stay at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, prepare a manuscript for a monograph on…
German Media Language Abroad
Project management
Prof. Dr. Dr. Csaba Földes
Duration
04/2019 - 03/2022
Funding
Kulturstaatsministerin für Kultur und Medien (BKM):
122 000 €
The main objective of the proposed project is the scientific research and documentation of the current German media language abroad using the example of the German minority press in Central and Eastern Europe.
Globalisation and Local Knowledge
Project management
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau
Duration
09/2012 - 02/2016
Funding
Several donors
300 000 €
The research project is to be understood as a pilot project, which is intended to comprehensively demonstrate the research potential of the cartographic-geographical "The Gotha Perthes Collection" acquired by the Free State of Thuringia in 2003 for the first time. In addition, it is intended to contribute to the further development of the collection and to establish a virtual map laboratory, the "GlobMapLaboratory".
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Hidden Histories: Frauen in ländlichen Entwicklungsprogrammen in Indien, c. 1920–1966
Project management
Dr. Maria Framke
Duration
08/2021 - 07/2024
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
335 000 €
The project is dedicated to contributions of Indian women to rural development programmes from about 1920 to 1966, following the call to include gender as a category of analysis in the history of development. The aim of the project is to examine the role of women in the design and implementation of governmental and non-governmental rural development projects in India in the key areas of health, education and livelihoods, and in this way to re-capture the processes of development and citizenship.…
History of the State Ministries in Baden and Württemberg During the NS Era
Project management
Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller
Duration
01/2014 - 12/2018
Funding
Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg:
207 800 €
The project deals with one of the last major gaps in research on the NS regime: the supreme state authorities and their involvement in NS crimes. After decades of research oriented towards political history had marginalized the importance of the "assimilated" state authorities, attention has recently been drawn to this research desideratum in connection with studies of administrative history.
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Illuminati Essays in the Context of the Late Enlightenment
Project management
Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow
Duration
05/2013 - 11/2016
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
503 000 €
Previous research on the Illuminati has concentrated mainly on their organisational structure and on the so-called 'higher knowledge'. Consequently, the documents of the order have so far been mainly printed documents, degree drafts and the correspondence of the leading members among each other. In contrast to this, the project pursued at the Gotha Research Centre focuses on a completely new corpus of sources, which has so far hardly been considered by research.
Institutionalising the law of nature and nations: The universities of Kiel, Greifswald and Rostock 1648–1806
Project management
Dr. Mikkel Munthe Jensen
Duration
07/2022 - 06/2026
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
350 000 €
The project is about the history of the teaching of natural law at the three north German universities in Kiel, Greifswald and Rostock during the period 1648–1806. It is concerned with why, how and to what extent this academic discipline developed in three different political settings along the Baltic coast. The project is based on the general presumption that natural law was of great significance for the period’s intellectual development and state building endeavours. The general aim of the…
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Jacopo Stradas Magnum ac Novum Opus
Project management
Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow
Duration
11/2015 - 05/2022
Funding
Several donors
1 263 000 €
Jacopo Strada (ca. 1515-1588), antiquarian, architect and antique dealer, created a corpus of 30 volumes, the Magnum ac Novum Opus, for his patron Johann Jakob Fugger in the mid-16th century. The project is intended to bring together the entire corpus for the first time, analyse it in its historical and artistic context, research its sources and work out its significance for the history of numismatics and antiquarian research in the 16th century.
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KarAfAs – Cartographies of Africa and Asia
Project management
Several
Duration
02/2021 - 01/2023
Funding
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF):
370 000 €
The subject of this indexing are the maps of Africa and Asia published until 1945 - a total of 35,349 map sheets - as a central core holdings of the Perthes Collection preserved by the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt. The online presentation and permanent storage of the digital copies will take place in the Digital Historical Library Erfurt/Gotha, which is maintained and hosted by the Thuringian University and State Library Jena (ThULB). In this way, the maps will be made…
Kolleg-Research Group "Religion and Urbanity"
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2018 - 09/2026
Funding
Several donors
10 500 000 €
Susanne Rau & Jörg Rüpke: Cities and religion(s) have had a deep impact on each other. Up to now, research has focused on religion in cities - on the reciprocal changes in religious practices and urban space, at best in "global cities" and in the present. We want to fill the research gap that has arisen in this way by investigating the historical depth of the reciprocal formation within the framework of a collegiate research group.
Kolleg-Research Group "Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective" (FOR 1013)
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2013 - 09/2018
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
8 470 000 €
Jörg Rüpke: The research group investigates cases of individualization within the medium of religion and their consequences for religious change, that is, in terms of their religious historical dynamics.
Kulturtechniken des Sammelns (Cooperation project Cultural Techniques of Collecting)
Project management
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Struck
Duration
01/2023 - 12/2025
Funding
Several donors
335 000 €
The project serves to establish a sustainable research infrastructure that connects the research group "Kulturtechniken des Sammelns" (Cultural Techniques of Collecting) at the University of Erfurt and other researchers at the Universities of Weimar and Jena with the various collection institutions in Gotha.
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Lived Ancient Religion – Questioning "Cults" and "Polis Religion"
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke
Duration
06/2013 - 05/2017
Funding
European Research Council (ERC):
2 300 000 €
Jörg Rüpke: This project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), takes a completely new perspective on the religious history of Mediterranean antiquity, starting from the individual and "lived" religion instead of cities or peoples. "Lived ancient religion" suggests a set of experiences, of practices addressed to, and conceptions of the divine, which are appropriated, expressed, and shared by individuals in diverse social spaces.
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M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies "Metamorphoses of the Political" (ICAS-MP)
Project management
Several
Duration
08/2015 - 06/2024
Martin Fuchs: ICAS-MP combines the benefits of an open, interdisciplinary forum for intellectual exchange with the advantages of a cutting-edge research centre. The centre focuses on key political processes that have emerged in parallel in many parts of the world during the twentieth century through to the present day, processes that are entangled yet heterogeneous.
Martyrdom and Voluntariness. Discourse and Practice in the European High and Late Middle Ages
Project management
Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmolinsky
Duration
10/2020 - 09/2023
Subproject of the research group "Voluntariness". The subproject analyzes martyrdom as a discourse and as a practice of men and women in high and late medieval centuries.
Meeting places of the MfS and places of dissidence in Erfurt
Project management
Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller
Duration
01/2019 - 09/2025
Subproject in the research network "Dictatorship Experience and Transformation". The project focuses on two concrete spaces of experience and action in the urban landscape of the GDR and the perceptions and memories associated with them.
Moving Networks
Project management
Prof. Dr. Dr. Patrick Rössler
Duration
01/2013 - 02/2016
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
450 000 €
Patrick Rössler: Although the institutional framework of the leading art and design school of its time disintegrated with the closure of the Bauhaus in April 1933, it continued to exist as a virtual structure of various networks of its members, which were to be examined empirically and whose formation often went back far into the history of the school. From this perspective, the history of the Bauhaus during the politically explosive period of the 1930s and 1940s can be continued in a…
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NFDI4memory
Project management
Several
Duration
03/2023 - 02/2028
The research institutions located on the Gotha Research Campus of the University of Erfurt - Gotha Research Library and Gotha Research Centre as well as the Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection - are participating together with other partners in the so-called NFDI-4Memory consortium led by the Leibniz Institute for European History (IEG) in Mainz. 4Memory is one of several consortia in Germany that are working together to build a long-term and sustainable National Research Data…
Nutrition, Health and Modern Society: Germany and the United States
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat
Duration
10/2015 - 10/2018
Funding
VolkswagenStiftung:
1 000 000 €
The research project aims to work out the significance of nutrition and health for the order of modern societies from the 19th century to the present. The empirical focus is on the USA and Germany, so that regional differences as well as the dynamics of interdependence in globalizing constellations become apparent.
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Paths and Works of Michael Kosmeli (1773-1844). A forgotten key figure in the trans-Ottoman corridor and context
Project management
Dr. Dirk Sangmeister
Duration
03/2021 - 02/2024
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
300 000 €
The versatile writer, polyglot translator and virtuoso Jew's harp player Kosmeli, who travelled restlessly for decades in the space between Germany and Eastern Europe on the one hand and the Ottoman Empire together with Persia on the other, was acquainted with prominent contemporaries such as Adelbert von Chamisso, Jean Paul and the Orientalist Joseph (von) Hammer(-Purgstall), also told Goethe "much about Constantinople and the Orient" in Jena in 1809, but is today a completely forgotten figure.…
Politics of Plunder
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
:
1 415 998 €
Kornelia Kończal: Around the end of the Second World War two processes dramatically changed the socio-economic landscape of East Central Europe: the expulsion of up to twelve million Germans and the establishment of a new social order inspired by the Soviet model. This project is an inquiry into the interconnectedness between these apparently distinct histories.
Politiken der Wahrheit. Erfurter Forschungsstelle für politische Epistemologien
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2023 - 03/2025
Funding
Several donors
349 000 €
The research centre aims to address questions of the political configuration of knowledge and its basic parameters, in particular the social effects of the politics of truth. Institutionally, the research centre serves as a continuation of the university's internally funded research group "Praxeologies of Truth", the networking of corresponding basic research in the humanities and social sciences and a coordinated acquisition of third-party funding.
Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace and Conflict
Project management
Several
Duration
04/2022 - 03/2026
Funding
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF):
4 000 000 €
The Network investigates how historically formed postcolonial hierarchies manifest themselves in contemporary conflict dynamics and what implications this has for sustainable conflict transformation in the future. To do so, the Network brings together historical perspectives on the contexts of conflict formation (in particular those shaped by colonialism) with postcolonial research perspectives as well as with methodologies and theories of peace and conflict research.These perspectives are…
Property and habit. On the political anthropology of ownership in Western modernity
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2021 - 12/2024
Subproject in the SFB TRR294 "Structural Change of Property". The project is dedicated to the political anthropology of ownership between the eighteenth and early twentieth century. It investigates an assumption that is widespread in the humanities: that ownership structures bring about the formation of specific habits.
Property in one’s own body and in the bodies of others in the United States between the eighteenth and twentieth century
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2021 - 12/2024
Subproject in the SFB TRR294 "Structural Change of Property". The subproject explores the ownership of others’ bodies based on the history of slavery in the USA.
Protecting Academia At Risk: Towards a New Policy Agenda for a Thriving Culture of higher education in Europe
Project management
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kleeberg
Duration
03/2024 - 02/2026
Funding
Gerda Henkel Stiftung:
183 000 €
The current situation of academia at risk in the European landscape raises three distinct research questions. First, what is the current institutional framework that responds to academic displacement in Europe? Second, what are the normative contours of protecting academic freedom in future democratic societies? Third, how does an improved system of integrating displaced academics connect to broader values such as the protection of a thriving academic culture? This project builds on our seed…
Protestantism and the Debates about the German Welfare State
Project management
Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller
Duration
01/2013 - 12/2019
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
428 700 €
Social Protestantism in the Federal Republic of Germany has developed a new profile since the 1960s. At the same time, and in interaction with it, German society has undergone fundamental changes in its living environment, values and culture. In dealing with the economic and social challenges and in view of the increasing scientific character of the relevant debates, Protestantism adopted central dispositions of thought, some of which went back to the Weimar period, and realigned itself in terms…
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite’s Reception among Key Thinkers of the 20th Century Orthodox World (Vl. Lossky, Fr. Sophrony, Chr. Yannaras, J. Zizioulas)
Project management
Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides
Duration
02/2022 - 01/2025
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
301 000 €
The research project will examine the multifaceted reception of the 6th century scriptural corpus attributed to Dionysius Areopagita by four pioneering Orthodox theologians in the 20th century: on the Russian side (but active in Western Europe), Vladimir Lossky and Old Father Sofronij (Sakharov); and on the Greek side, Christos Yannaras and Metropolitan John Zizioulas.
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Reaching for Atlantis
Project management
Dr. Bernhard Schirg
Duration
03/2018 - 02/2023
Funding
VolkswagenStiftung:
1 000 000 €
In his project, the historian wants to investigate the history of objects that were the subject of a fundamental reinterpretation of material culture at the time of the Swedish Empire (1650-1720).
Religion and Politics in Protestant Sermons of the 16th and 17th Century in the Thuringian-Saxon Region
Project management
Dr. Kathrin Paasch
Duration
10/2008 - 03/2015
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
101 000 €
Due to its denominational anchoring, the Gotha Research Library has a reference collection for the history of Central German Protestantism in the 16th and 17th centuries. An extremely extensive collection of sermons is part of this outstanding tradition. The aim of the project is to make the collection of political sermons accessible to the interested public online.
Religious Diversity and Peace Ethics
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik
Duration
01/2016 - 12/2017
Funding
Auswärtiges Amt (Berlin):
387 000 €
Jamal Malik: As part of the research and dialogue project funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the Professorship for Islamic Studies sought cooperation with Pakistani theological schools, thus building a bridge between traditional Islamic teaching there and local Islamic Studies that is unique in this country.
Religious individualisation and nationalism in modern Europe through the lens of alternative spirituality and Western esotericism (1823–1939)
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
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1 416 000 €
Marco Pasi: My project at the MWK focuses on the complex interplay between religious individualisation, nationalism, and alternative spirituality in modern Europe. I intend to carry out my research by focusing on four case studies, based on four exemplary figures of European history: the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz (1798–1855), the Italian political activist Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865–1939), and the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935).
Research Centre Johann Gottfried Herder
Project management
Dr. Dominik Fugger
Duration
01/2015
Funding
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung:
195 000 €
The Johann-Gottfried-Herder Research Centre at the Max-Weber-Kolleg was launched in 2015. It sees itself as an interdisciplinary platform for the research and scientific exchange of Herder's work. A special concern for the centre is the grouping together of the different facets of Herder's thinking.
Research Centre for Contemporary Church History
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jörg Seiler
Duration
01/1970
Jörg Seiler: The Research Centre for Contemporary Church History investigates the specific form of Catholicism in the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ)/ German Democratic Republic (DDR). It deals with the "double diaspora situation" of Central and East German Catholics.
Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law
Project management
Prof. Dr. Knud Haakonssen
Duration
07/2016
Funding
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8 000 €
Knud Haakonssen: The research centre was created in 2016 and is from 2019 a joint facility of the Max Weber Centre and the Gotha Research Centre. Its purpose is to foster new work and coordinate current scholarship on natural law in the early-modern period, which we take to stretch from the Reformation to the early nineteenth century. Within this framework the focus is on the flowering of natural law in the period after Hugo Grotius and especially the shaping of the subject as an academic…
Research Centre „Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present“
Project management
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Kranemann
Duration
01/2015
Funding
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF):
1 000 000 €
Benedikt Kranemann: The Research Centre is intended to provide a place for research into Jewish religious practices and related discourses, which arose in Germany in the 19th century but was largely interrupted by the National Socialist expulsion and extermination of Jews, and which embeds central questions of recent research in an interdisciplinary research context. The aim is to provide new impulses for a comparative as well as intertwined historical approach by consistently asking about…
Research Group "Voluntariness"
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2020 - 03/2027
Funding
Several donors
4 120 551 €
Jürgen Martschukat, Christiane Kuller, Sabine Schmolinsky, Iris Schröder: In this project, the researchers will examine voluntariness as a driving force of human practices in the past and present. The central question is how Western pre-modern and modern, but also non-European societies and subjects are governed through the principle of voluntariness. This includes, for example, religiously motivated voluntariness in medieval martyrdom as well as voluntary "participation" in dictatorships. The…
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Science and Orthodox Christianity around the World (SOW)
Project management
Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides
Duration
01/2016 - 12/2019
Vasilios N. Makrides: The Project SOW - Science & Orthodoxy around the World focuses on the dialogue between science and religion in the Orthodox Christian world. More than 50 specialists from 15 countries participate from various academic fields such as Science, Philosophy, History, Theology and Education.
Spaces and Objects
Project management
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rau
Duration
07/2013 - 12/2016
Funding
Stiftung Mercator:
145 000 €
The research project serves as a preparation for teaching and research in the field of collections-based history of knowledge and culture. The funding will benefit the initiation and further development of the new M.A. programme in "Collections-Based History of Knowledge and Culture", which the university has been offering since the winter semester 2014/15.
Stategies of Collecting an Displaying China in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Gotha's Chinese Cabinet
Project management
Dr. Emily Teo
Duration
05/2021 - 04/2024
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
300 000 €
My research project brings renewed attention to a significant Chinese collection in early-nineteenth-century Germany, the Chinese Cabinet in Gotha, established by Duke Emil August (1772–1822) of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg from 1804 to 1810. Consisting of over 2000 objects, the Cabinet was a great sensation during the first decades of the nineteenth-century and was described as the most important Chinese collection in continental Europe. However, following the establishment of national museums across…
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The Challenge of Worldliness to Contemporary Christianity: Orthodox Christian Perspectives in Dialogue with Western Christianity
Project management
Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides
Duration
03/2021 - 02/2023
The main aim of the project is to examine the relationships with the world that have been articulated in the major Christian traditions (Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism), both historically and in the present, through selected case studies.
The Eating Self
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat
Duration
10/2012 - 04/2017
Funding
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung:
24 000 €
Obesity is currently described as a problem that is assuming epidemic proportions in modern societies, particularly in the USA. Based on this observation, the present project aims to write a history of eating, being obese, health and its regulation in the USA since the middle of the 19th century.
The Historical Sources of the Reformation and Historiography of the Early 18th Century at Friedenstein Castle Gotha
Project management
Dr. Kathrin Paasch
Duration
05/2014 - 04/2017
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
270 000 €
The Gotha Research Library preserves a top-class collection on the cultural history of Protestantism in the early modern period, which was compiled by the Dukes of Saxony-Gotha. An essential component of this unique handwritten tradition, which reaches far beyond the Central German cultural area, is the estate of the theologian and church historian Ernst Salomon Cyprian (1673-1745), which is to be catalogued in the project.
The King as Part of the Network
Project management
Dr. Christian Oertel
Duration
05/2018 - 04/2021
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
275 000 €
The ruling practice of the German and Bohemian king Wenceslaus IV, who was nicknamed "der Faule" (the Idle) by older research, will be reconsidered in this project on the basis of documentary tradition. On the one hand, the 'classical' aspects of the practice of rule will be examined (political action in the empire, alliance systems, economic aspects). On the other hand, the investigation will be opened up in the direction of cultural history. Fields such as courtly representation or patronage…
The Mission of the English Philadelphians in Germany, Building Networks and the Spoken Transmission of their Ideology
Project management
Dr. Lucinda Martin
Duration
07/2014 - 07/2017
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
261 998 €
In the Gotha Research Library, there is a geographically arranged 'Catalogus amicorum in Germania', which served the Philadelphians as a starting point for their German mission, together with a volume of letters from this group. In addition, there are important holdings in other archives which have also received little attention from scientists. Based on these sources, the project will reconstruct the early network of the Philadelphians between England and Germany as well as the social and…
The Visualization of the Political in German Magazines 1905 to 1945
Project management
Prof. Dr. Dr. Patrick Rössler
Duration
04/2016 - 10/2019
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
200 000 €
Patrick Rössler: The importance of pictoral representations in the process of political communications is undisputed, but little is known about the standards of media image reporting in the first half of the 20th century. The aim of the proposed research project is therefore identifying empirically supported findings on longer, possibly even decades-spanning developments in this area, in order to arrive at statements about continuities and discontinuities in visual political communication and to…
Theft of Cultural Property
Project management
Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller
Duration
01/2015 - 12/2016
Funding
Landeshauptstadt München:
98 600 €
The confiscation of Munich, which initiated one of the largest state art thefts in the area of the Old Empire during the NS era, was carried out by the Secret State Police. However, art experts, art dealers and directors of museums (Bavarian State Painting Collections - Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Bavarian National Museum - Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, the urban gallery - Städtische Galerie, the historical city museum - Historisches Stadtmuseum) as well as state, municipal and NSDAP…
Theological Research Centre at the University of Erfurt
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2009
Funding
Stifterverband:
735 000 €
Benedikt Kranemann: The Theological Research Centre at the University of Erfurt is concerned with faith and church, the religious individual and church community in diaspora and minority situations. The history and present of the social and religious changes that have taken place in the background are dealt with and the future perspectives of faith and church in particular are examined.
Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives
Project management
Dr. Ned Richardson-Little
Duration
10/2021 - 09/2025
Funding
VolkswagenStiftung:
376 360 €
Sub-project of Dr. Ned Richardson-Little within the international project "Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives", based at the University of Jena and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within the framework of the funding programme "Challenges for Europe".
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Urban property regimes and citizenship in transition. Changing ownership patterns and systems of relatedness in India
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2021 - 12/2024
Subproject in the SFB TRR294 "Structural Change of Property". The study seeks to harness the explicatory power of property for understanding the shifting societal systems and their underlying normative frameworks in post-liberalised India.
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Voluntariness and Decolonization. The Regulation of Labor in (Post-)Colonial Ghana
Project management
Prof. Dr. Iris Schröder
Duration
10/2020 - 09/2023
Subproject in the research group "Voluntariness". This subproject focuses on voluntariness during an era of decolonization and thus on a political principle of (post-)colonial governance. Drawing on the case of the British Gold Coast/Ghana, we explore how voluntary action shaped the political and social order during the transition from late colonial “indirect rule” to independence, while examining how voluntariness became a political and social norm and resource. Our key focus is on the…
Voluntariness and Dictatorship. Voluntary participation in the ‘Neuererwesen’ of the GDR
Project management
Prof. Dr. Christiane Kuller
Duration
10/2020 - 09/2023
Subproject in the research group "Voluntariness". Taking a subject-focused analytical approach, our study foregrounds voluntary participation among “Neuerer” – members of the GDR’s workplace inventor and suggestion scheme known as the “Neuerer- und Rationalisatorenbewegung” (Innovator and Rationalizer Movement). Our analysis focuses on individuals’ interpretations of their own actions, while also exploring the relationship between self-regulation and external guidance with respect to involvement…
Voluntariness and Repatriation. Transnational Processes of Remigration and Repatriation (1960–2000)
Project management
Dr. Florian Wagner
Duration
10/2020 - 09/2023
Subproject of the research group "Voluntariness". This subproject investigates the interactions between principles and practices of voluntariness in transnational migration processes between the 1960s and 2000. These interactions are analyzed in light of the remigration and repatriation of labor migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, chiefly from the Global North to the Global South. I argue that from the 1960s on, a repatriation regime emerged that sought to legitimize its practices by…
Voluntariness as Political Practice. The Emerging United States and American Citizenship
Project management
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat
Duration
10/2020 - 09/2023
Subproject in the research group "Voluntariness". The emerging United States is widely regarded as the cradle of liberalism. This “new form of political life,” to quote philosopher Anthony Appiah, took off in the American republic and spawned the “American citizen” as the ideal of the liberal subject. This subproject examines the significance of voluntariness in this process and shows how liberty took on concrete form in the new republic, pointing up the voluntary forms of thinking and acting…
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Western Traditionalism/Perennialism and its Influence on Orthodox Christianity
Project management
Prof. Dr. Vasilios N. Makrides
Duration
05/2017 - 04/2020
Funding
Several donors
211 400 €
Vasilios N. Makrides: The research project aims to undertake a comparative analysis of the reflection on the position of Orthodox Christianity in modernity and with regard to religious pluralism, which is called "Orthodox Perennialism". The latter represents an orthodox reception of certain Western esoteric approaches to an "eternal philosophy" ("philosophia perennis") in various religions and is an attempt to rethink and articulate the spiritual and religious contours of the Orthodox presence…
What is Western about the West?
Project management
Prof. Dr. Holt Meyer
Duration
02/2018 - 01/2021
Funding
Several donors
420 000 €
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.

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