About the Center of Excellence (1st funding phase, 2006–2012)
11. September 2012
Leiden: Brill 2012.
3. September 2012
Decolonization's Legacies, Sovereignty and the African Union. London: Routledge 2012.
9. August 2012
Ghana and Senegal in Comparative Perspective. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2012.
29. June 2012
Political Power and its Legitimations in Eighteenth-Century German Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter 2012 (Studien zur deutschen Literatur, 197).
15. June 2012
German Research Foundation to fund ”Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” Center of Excellence for another five years
Center of Excellence has been successful in this year's extension of the competition once again
What is our objective?
With the Center, we are attempting to develop a new model for research in the humanities and social sciences. The individual components of the Center are related to one another in such a way that quiet, secluded research can take place, while at the same time encouraging lively forums, debates on controversies, and stimulating lectures. We wish to create milieus for intensive collaborative work without losing the innovative quality of individualized research. A great value will be placed on an international and general social perspective when articulating and validating the theses and outcomes of Konstanz-based researchers.
Why this topic?
What inspires society and what interests scholars are not always the same. Research on the cultural dimension of integration has taken place in Konstanz for some time already. Yet it is only in recent years that “culture“ has mutated into a keyword that can be heard and seen almost everywhere. The idea is that it can also help us understand problems of a social order. The Center will have contributions to make to these debates without however giving rhetorical advice on how better to achieve cultural integration. As a joint research project, the Center does not aim at providing short-term or mid-term solutions to social problems. Instead, it will be dedicated observing and describing those problems appropriately, i.e., in a manner that is always appropriately complex.
Using the term culture, the Center would like to start identifying sites in which processes of integration and disintegration overlap and can be observed. As the result of empirical research which attempts to work across epochs and take account of all social levels, the concept of culture should gain in significance again, leading to the formation of new theories. We understand culture not as a stock of unquestionable things in common but as a zone in which differences and transitions are produced. This zone contains of dislocations and dysfunctionalities as well as the possibility of successfully creating meaning. These are the important working hypotheses of our research.
How do we conduct the research?
Intellectual milieus cannot be forced into existence, but they can in most cases be encouraged intelligently. Hence, the Center does not have a five-year plan or a central thematic agenda which all scholars are bound to. Our research practices are committed to a principle of dedicated decentralization, in thematic as well as methodological and institutional terms. In the Institute for Advanced Study in Konstanz, every fellow can also isolate themselves for a time. A coordinated program study in the doctoral program will offer doctoral students a stimulating environment in which to develop their own creativity. Colleagues on a project will at any time be able to hold workshops and colloquia which advance their own research. In the Intranet, new web-based forms of exchange are being tested. International publishing is explicitly supported.
Events archive 2006–2012
25. October 2012
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirsch
Arbeitsgespräch und Eröffnung des akademischen Jahres 2012/2013
25. October 2012
Eröffnungskonferenz der DFG-Forschergruppe 1614 „Was wäre wenn? Zur Bedeutung, Epistemologie und wissenschaftlichen Relevanz von kontrafaktischen Aussagen und Gedankenexperimenten”
Do–Sa, 25.–27. Oktober 2012
23. October 2012
Trauma, memory and how the personal is political and the political is personal in post-dictatorship Argentina
Dr. Fernando Oscar Reati (Georgia State University, Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages)
Gastvortrag im Rahmen des ERC-Projektes „Narratives of Terror and Disappearance“
4. October 2012
Thu–Sat, 4–6 October 2012
5. September 2012
The Neglected Dimension of Externally Induced Democratization
Public roundtable discussion and international conference
Wed–Fri, 5–7 September 2012
5. May 2011
You can now watch a video of the lecture held by Prof. Dr. Stefan Wolff (University of Birmingham) about the international administration of disputed territories in comparative perspective.
27. October 2010
You can now watch a video and listen to audio recordings of Bernd Giesen, Craig Calhoun and Mohammed Arkoun.