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!

We are very much looking forward to Prof. Maud Simonet’s talk on “Exploitation of Volunteers? From Research Questions to Questioning Categories” and to continuing our discussions revolving around perspectives on voluntariness. However, the talk will be held exclusively via Webex. Unfortunately, Maud Simonet is unable to travel to Erfurt and so we are switching to the online format.

Your are cordially invited to participate digitally at the usual time of 6-8pm (c.t.). Just follow the link below to our digital lecture room. There is no registration necessary.

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What Else Is New?

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.

Voluntariness as Political Practice – Work in Progress and Upcoming Talks

In order to explore how voluntariness functions as a resource for political participation and civic recognition in the US, our subproject in North American History provides a critical reexamination of the yellow fever outbreaks between 1793 and 1820 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and highlights first results.

Voluntariness in Recent and Global History – Upcoming Talk

The current work in progress of our historical subprojects explores voluntariness in local historical contexts, in negotiations surrounding migration, in postcolonial settings as well as in different time periods or world regions. In the upcoming summer term, team members will discuss their crucial questions with experts from the respective fields of research.