Research Day Voluntariness

Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Cooperative Networking

On June 3, 2024, we invite fellow researchers to discuss voluntariness as focus of their research and compare goals and challenges of their projects. The research day will start at 10 am with a casual welcome into a full-day program, completed by an evening lecture by philosopher Jule Govrin.

In over three years, the Research Unit on Voluntariness has achieved conceptual milestones, completed sub-projects and developed new objectives for phase two. We have also established a wide range of research contacts that extend beyond the group. At a “Research Day Voluntariness”, we would like to connect projects that are or soon will be dedicated to voluntariness as their focal point.

Alongside the presentation of the perspectives of our group, the research day offers space for external colleagues to present their own research questions on the concept and practice of voluntariness. In a mutual discussion, we will compare our approaches to voluntariness, highlight thematic connections between the participating projects and explore synergies.

The Research Day Voluntariness will take place on June 3, 2024 from 10 am in the research building “Weltbeziehungen” on campus at the University of Erfurt. If you are interested in the full-day program, please register via email. After discussion rounds and focus group meetings, we will conclude the day with an evening lecture at 6 pm by Jule Govrin (BTU Cottbus) on the topic “Engagiert und ausgebeutet? Freiwilligkeit zwischen community-kapitalistischer Arbeit und Solidarität als emanzipativer Praxis.” During the evening, Silke van Dyk, sociologist at the University ofJena, member of the research unit and co-author of „Community-Kapitalismus“ (2021, with Tine Haubner), as well as Jürgen Martschukat, historian at the University of Erfurt, spokesperson of the research unit and author of „The Age of Fitness“ (2019) will join the panel to discuss voluntariness from the perspectives of philosophy, sociology and history. Guests are cordially invited to attend the evening lecture without registration.

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Voluntariness 2.0 – Local and Global Perspectives

April 2024 has been the official kick-off for another three years of voluntariness research, funded by the German Research Foundation. Seven new or continuing projects will shape the new focus of the research unit’s second funding phase.

We are Hiring…Join our Team!

A position as research assistant within the Research Unit on “Voluntariness” is available at the University of Erfurt. Historians specializing in the field of North American History may apply by May 4, 2024, at the latest.