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 the intersections of various aspects of voluntariness in their respective case studies within the group and with distinguished experts from the respective fields of research. The projects focusing on contemporary and global history share, among other things, the one crucial question: how did notions and practices of voluntariness change in modernity and late modernity?

On April 18, 2023, at 6pm at the Kleine Synagoge Erfurt, Thomas Lindenberger will give an evening lecture that traces notions of civic engagement and volunteering back to the 19th century and relates it to civic society as well as to notions of voluntariness of the late 20th century. In his talk, he will reflect on contemporary notions of voluntariness as a form of government as well as on ongoing research in the field of voluntary engagement.

Thomas Lindenberger is professor at the TU Dresden and director of the Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Studies. His work is broad and has enriched the fields of the history of everyday life, the history of communism and post-communist transformation, the history of memory and experience, the history of public order and policing as well as the concept of “Eigen-Sinn” – fields very noteworthy for our research in voluntariness. We cordially invite you to attend the evening lecture in the prayer room of the Kleine Synagoge Erfurt!

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Research Day Voluntariness

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.

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.