Voluntariness and Friends – Our Mercator-Fellow

For spring 2022, we welcome Professor Alexandra Oeser as Mercator-Fellow to the Research Unit on Voluntariness! As a sociologist trained in Germany and France, Alexandra currently works and teaches at the University of Paris Nanterre and will visit Erfurt from March to August 2022.

Alexandra studied in England and France and her numerous international research trips leading to her habilitation in Social Sciences at the Université Paris 1 Sorbonne have already brought her to Erfurt several times. We are very pleased to welcome her here again in the upcoming summer semester. Alexandra’s research focuses on political sociology and the sociology of work. Also trained as a historian, her research moves closely along the boundaries of sociology and historiography.

Among her many other research interests, she is also concerned with the concept of Eigen-Sinn – a term largely coined by the history of everyday life and the Erfurt historian Alf Lüdtke. She has also published on issues of gender and class in globalized economies and in the context of the history of factory work.

Having that expertise, Alexandra will support the conceptual work on voluntariness as Mercator-Fellow to our group. Concepts of Eigen-Sinn and agency are crucial to many of our projects and we look forward to lively discussions in workshops and our lecture series “The Politics of Voluntariness.”

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Voluntariness Up For Debate – Lecture and Workshop with Sandrine Kott

On June 20, 2022, our teams of the subprojects “Voluntariness and Decolonization” and “Voluntariness and Dictatorship” – Carolyn, Iris, Elena and Christiane – welcome Swiss historian Sandrine Kott (University of Geneva) for a workshop and evening lecture at the Forschungskolleg Transkulturelle Studien in Gotha.

Please Note! – Lecture by Maud Simonet ONLINE

On Wednesday, May 18 2022, we invite you to our fourth talk of the lecture series “The Politics of Voluntariness”. The talk by Maud Simonet from the University of Paris Nanterre, however, will take place digitally only!

Voluntariness Up For Debate – Workshop Dis-Cover Fellow Citizens

In June 2022, our team of the subproject “Voluntariness as Political Practice” will discuss key issues of their research field at the workshop „Dis-Cover Fellow Citizens: Voluntary Civic Engagement in the Early Republic and Antebellum America“. Find more info here…

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