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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Programm Konferenz in Graz

Conference on Solidarity and Volutnariness in Graz

On September 12 and 13, 2023, two co-investigators from the research unit will be speaking at the conference “Solidarity and Voluntarism in State-Socialist Societies” at the University of Graz, Austria. For a panel on Friday Carolyn Taratko and Elena M. E. Kiesel will be presenting aspects of their research projects on voluntariness in Ghana and the GDR.

Workshop – Reflect Yourself!?

On July 13 and 14, 2023, the workshop titled “Reflect yourself!?” will take place at the University of Erfurt. Exploring the research field of public history and its potential for (self)reflection in historical scholarship, both established scholars, junior researchers and students come together to discuss the topic in regard to their daily work and historical research.

We Welcome Mitchell Dean as Mercator Fellow 2023!

In summer 2023, we welcome Professor Mitchell Dean as Mercator Fellow of the Research Unit on Voluntariness. The political sociologist will support the projects of the research unit from April to July 2023 as a renowned expert in the field of governmentality studies.