Preview 2022 – We’re in Phase 2!

Time has come – our Research Unit is entering phase 2 and the upcoming year is themed “transdisciplinarity”! In workshops and guest lectures we will broaden our perspectives on voluntariness. We’ll seek exchange with other disciplines such as communication studies or psychology, and of course with different fields of history, sociology, and philosophy.

We’ll kick off in January 2022 with a workshop on voluntariness in times of the pandemic. As a cross-disciplinary exchange we will discuss voluntariness in the context of current Covid-19 vaccination debates.

In April 2022 we are going to start our first interdisciplinary lecture series. During the whole summer term, international guests will address “The Politics of Volunariness” from various perspectives, of course in past and present. Join us at the Department of History at the University of Erfurt!

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted with details on our events and dates of our lecture series in 2022! Connect also with our social media sites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to never miss any news!

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Voluntariness On Tour – Our Project on the “Neuererwesen” in Jena

On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, Elena from the subproject “Voluntariness and Dictatorship” is invited to give a talk at the Historical Institute at Jena University. We are looking forward to her presentation and to hear about some new aspects of her fascinating research!

Voluntariness On The Road – June 21 & 22

In June 2022, the subproject “Voluntariness as Political Practice” welcomes distinguished American scholars in Erfurt and beyond. Deirdre Cooper Owens (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Van Gosse (Franklin & Marshall College), guests of next week’s workshop, will visit also Freiburg, Heidelberg and Bonn.

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.

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