Research projects

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A "Democratic State of Exception": The corona virus controversy in Germany
Project management
Several
Duration
05/2021 - 10/2022
Funding
VolkswagenStiftung:
120 000 €
André Brodocz: The project aims at answering the question, in which way the 'state of exception' is rolled out and is overcome in a democratic public debate.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Cooperation Project "Ordering Dynamics"
Project management
Several
Duration
01/2014 - 12/2017
Funding
Landes-Exzellenzinitiative des Landes Thüringen:
1 009 998 €
Jörg Rüpke: The research programme of the research centre understands "order" and "dynamics" as basic categories of socio-cultural reality. Order and dynamics are not simply thought of as polar opposites. Rather, the starting point is the premise that social and cultural orders in particular are forced to develop themselves 'dynamically' ("dynamic stabilisation").
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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…
Disinformation Context and the Emergence of Fact-Checking Organisations in Europe and Latin America
Project management
Several
Duration
08/2022 - 07/2025
In her research project, Dr Regina Cazzamatta examines different environments in which disinformation arises and how so-called fact-checking organisations in Europe and Latin America deal with it.
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Ecological Conflicts
Project management
Prof. Dr. André Brodocz
Duration
05/2023 - 04/2026
The Gerda Henkel Foundation is funding a new research group at Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Erfurt with around 240,000 euros until 2026, which will focus on the topic of "Ecological Conflicts".
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.
European Interuniversity Graduate School on Theology in Processes of religious and societal Transformation
Project management
Several
Duration
10/2021 - 09/2024
Funding
Stifterverband:
1 200 000 €
The European Interuniversity Graduate School on Theology in Processes of religious and societal Transformation thematically and structurally brings together theological research and the promotion of early-stage researchers from three European universities.
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…
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…
Gothaische Zeitung digital (1850-1918). Digitalisierung und Online-Präsentation
Project management
Dr. Dietrich Hakelberg
Duration
08/2020 - 04/2022
Funding
Staatskanzlei des Freistaats Thüringen:
55 042 €
As the historical state library of the territories of Saxony-Gotha-Altenburg and Saxony-Coburg and Gotha, the Gotha Research Library collects the regional print production in possible completeness and makes it publicly accessible. The "Gothaische Zeitung. Gothaer neueste Nachrichten" is as a long-lasting regional periodical a valuable source of political, social and economic historical information.
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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.
How collective contexts influence creative action on different cultural fields
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
:
1 416 000 €
Bjorn Schiermer-Andersen: My project focusses on how collective contexts influence creative action on different cultural fields: 1) It investigates the guidance provided by the 'object' in creative action; 2) It investigates the effect of the collective context upon this relation (to the object); 3) It investigates and compares this interplay on three different cultural fields: music, religion and academia.
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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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KNOWPRO: Knowledge Production in German Peace and Security Policy
Duration
04/2022 - 03/2026
Using Afghanistan and Somalia as case studies, the project examines the peace and security policy knowledge production in Germany and East Africa on participation in interventions in internal wars with military or financial means.
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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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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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On the Narrative Trail of Refugees: Refugee Stories in German Literature and Culture in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Project management
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Struck
Duration
10/2015 - 03/2017
Funding
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD):
140 000 €
Charlton Payne: The study closely inspects the specific narratives that have formed around the figure of the refugee over the course of the twentieth century.
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Politics and the Future of Work in Middle-Income Countries (PolDigWork). How Hopes and Fears about Digitalization Shape Opinions on Social and Labour Policies
Project management
Prof. Dr. Achim Kemmerling
Duration
10/2022 - 10/2025
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
716 027 €
The project looks at the social and political impact of digitalization and automation for labour markets in selected middle-income countries. For three years, a team will employ a mixed methods approach with an original survey component combined with social network analysis as well as case studies from Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia.
Politics of Plunder
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
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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.
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…
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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 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 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…
Research Network External Democracy Promotion (EDP)
Project management
Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter
Duration
07/2015 - 06/2018
Funding
Leibniz-Gemeinschaft:
24 000 €
Solveig Richter: The research network 'External Democracy Promotion' (EDP) brings together political scientists from Germany who work at the interface between international relations and comparative political science. Our common interest lies in the area of cross-border activities of states, non-state actors and international organisations working to establish, improve or defend democracy in third countries. The EDP Network is a collaborative project of six partner institutions: the two Leibniz…
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Structure and Conditions of Origin of Reporting on Latin America in the German Press
Project management
Prof. Dr. Kai Hafez
Duration
10/2014 - 09/2018
Kai Hafez: The aim of this work is to examine the structural characteristics of Latin American foreign reporting and its news factors, as well as different levels and aspects of the conditions under which it is produced. For this purpose, a multi-method design was developed that combines quantitative and qualitative content analysis.
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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 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 Role of Interpersonal Political Communication in the Process of Media Effects
Project management
PD Dr. Nicole Podschuweit
Duration
10/2014 - 09/2017
Funding
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG):
300 000 €
Nicole Podschuweit: The aims of the project are, first, to develop a theoretical approach to explain the effects of interpersonal political communication on media effects and, second, to empirically answer the question of whether interpersonal communication tends to increase or decrease media effects on political opinions, attitudes and behavior.
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…
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".
Trust and Mistrust in Early Eighteenth Century International Political Thought, 1713–1763
Duration
09/2016 - 08/2017
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1 416 000 €
Peter Schröder: My project builds on my previous work Trust in Early Modern International Political Thought, 1598–1713 (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in spring 2017) to explore the role of trust and mistrust between European states in the emergence of international political thought through the first half of the 18th century, from the Peace of Utrecht in 1713 to the Peace of Paris in 1763.
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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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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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