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Max-Weber-Kolleg welcomes new members in the winter semester 2021/22

The Max-Weber-Kolleg for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt welcomes numerous new fellows and junior researchers from Germany and abroad in the winter semester 2021/22.

This academic year, Professor Corinna Riva (Great Britain) with a research project on "Citizenship and religion in 1st-millennium-bc mediterranean: Etruria and Iberia" and Professor Kiran Klaus Patel (Munich) with his project "Presence in contemporary history" are Distinguished Fellows of the Max-Weber-Kolleg.

The research group "Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations", which focuses on India, welcomes the following new fellows this semester: Professor Raminder Kaur (India) with the research project "Sacred Cities: Magnets for Mercantilism, Moralities, Worship and Salvation"; Dr Christina Williamson (Netherlands), who has come to Erfurt again to work on the topic "Festival hubs. Deep-mapping sanctuaries in the ancient Greek world"; Dr Mara Albrecht with the project "The Space-Time of Urban Violence and Violence Control in the British Empire – The Riots in Belfast (late 19th and early 20th century) and in Jerusalem during the Mandate Period". Dr des. Marlis Arnhold is researching "Death and the Dead in the City – A Case Study on Roman and Late Antique Athens". PhD candidate Austin Collins (UK) is researching within a cotutelle agreement with Durham "The Reach of Royal Power in France: Examining how the Valois Monarchy Reacted to the Centre and the Periphery, 1547–1589 ". The associated postdoc Thomas Schader is researching "Urban Piety between Resonance and Dissonance. Seville and Lisbon from the Perspective of German Jesuits".

The International Graduate School "Resonant Self-World Relations in Ancient and Modern Socio-Religious Practices", which is conducted in cooperation with the University of Graz, welcomes Alina Zeller as a new doctoral researcher, who is writing her dissertation on "Trachtenvereine in den USA: Praktiken im Spannungsfeld um deutschamerikanische Ethnizität". Also newly admitted is the doctoral researcher Christopher Bégin (Canada) with the project "Religiosity and rituals in clubbing: resonance in unity, consumption and timelessness".

The research group "Social Philosophy and Social Theory" can also welcome two new doctoral researchers: Steven Sello is working on an "Examination of Life Advice Literature in the 20th Century" and Sophie von Kalckreuth is working on the topic of "Body Phenomenology as a Normative Framework for the Use of Digital Technologies in Care".

Within the framework of the new Collaborative Research Centre (SFB TRR 294) "Structural Changes of Property Regimes" in cooperation with the University of Jena, the new doctoral researchers Philipp Köncke and Lea Schneidemesser (Project JRT02 “Clash or Convergence of Capitalisms: Property Conflicts over Chinese Direct Investments in Germany and the European Union”) as well as the postdocs Sanjay Jothe (Project B01 Urban Property Regimes and Citizenship in Transition: Changing Ownership Patterns and Systems of Relatedness in India”), Sophia Bianchi Mancini and Maria Dell'Isola (both in the Project A01 “Divine Property: Solutions form Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages”) can be welcomed. 

The International Centre of Advanced Studies "Metamorphoses of the Political" (ICAS–MP) welcomes as new Fellows Dr Shireen Mirza, who is researching "Stigma in the City: Making and Unmaking Mumbai City" and Professor Shail Mayaram (India), who is continuing work on her book "Political/Non-political Islam".

The Meister Eckhart Research Unit is supervising a new doctoral researcher: Lorenzo Cozzi (Italy) is working on the topic "The other Apocalypse. The thought of history in Nicholas of Lyra's Postilla Litteralis" and will carry out his doctorate within the framework of a cotutelle with Modena.

Dr Jasmin Lorch has been associated with her project "Cross-Regional and Cross-Religious Comparative Investigation" as a post-doctoral researcher in the research group "Local Politicisation of Global Norms".

The director of the Kolleg, Hartmut Rosa, is pleased about the newcomers from Germany and abroad and emphasises: "We are glad to be able to meet again in presence thanks to the 3-G regulation, as this way more intensive interactions are possible in the joint struggle for research questions."