The Politics of Voluntariness – Our Lecture Series

Our interdisciplinary lecture series, which we organize together with the Department of History at the University of Erfurt, is dedicated to the broad research field of voluntariness. We have put together an exciting program for the 2022 summer term, themed “The Politics of Voluntariness.”

With guests from sociology, philosophy, and the historical sciences, we will discuss “The Politics of Voluntariness” from different perspectives, for example in relation to a history of modern vaccination programs, to voluntariness in global and local contexts, in the context of volunteering and engagement, or intertwined with concepts such as criminalization or submission.

All events will take place on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. (c.t.) on campus, Erfurt University, Audimaxgebäude AMG / 0007. An interested audience is kindly invited to attend on site. In addition, all presentations can also be followed digitally via Webex. If interested one can receive a meeting link in advance. We ask for timely registration with the Research Unit on Voluntariness. If an event cannot be held on site, for example due to the pandemic situation, the respective lecture will only take place digitally via Webex. Information will be announced online in due time.

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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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