Social Tranformation and Subjectivation
The analytical premise of this research area is the observation that societies constantly redesign and conceive themselves through imaginary pasts and futures in a range of cultural media – in buildings, texts and images, rituals, practices, games and contests – both physically and digitally. This creates friction between competing designs, and conflicts regarding sovereignty of interpretation of social matters. In this research area, social transformations and subjectivation are approached as mutually constitutive from a practical-theoretical perspective. Practices of subjectivation constitute the social realm and bring about processes of social transformation, often through non-compliance and critique. Social transformations in turn create new reference contexts and (temporarily) conforming subjects. Our research focuses on these complex reference contexts of social transformations, interpretations, technologies and subjectivations, which are reconstructed using methods of historiography, cultural analysis, sociology and praxeology.
The institutional framework of this research area is provided by the Research Centre Genealogy of the Present (WiZeGG) and the Research Focus Group for Global Microhistory. The research area draws on extensive scientific projects and cooperation, maintains national and international networks, and junior researchers are actively promoted. In addition to externally funded individual research, this includes the following doctoral programmes, and joint research programmes:
- Prize Papers Project - digitisation and research project on early modern global migration and social transformation, Academies' Programme of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and subordinate to the Academy of Sciences and Humanities Göttingen, 2018-2037Diagnosen (in) der Gegenwart, focus group at Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK), since 2019
- Intoxicating Spaces - Joint Research Programme, Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), which received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, 2019-2021
- Research/doctoral programme Transformation by Community – Subjectification processes in the context of sustainable development, MWK/VW foundation, 2019-2022.
- Gestalten der Zukunft: Transformation der Gegenwart durch Szenarien der Digitalisierung (Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, MWK), 2019-2024
- „Diagnosen (in) der Gegenwart“, focus group at Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK), since 2019
- Zukunft gestalten, focus group at Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK), 2018-2019
- Reflexive Responsibilisierung. Verantwortung für nachhaltige Entwicklung (VERA), focus group at Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK), 2015-2018
- DFG research training group 1608/2 Self-Making. Practices of subjectivation in historical and interdisciplinary perspective, 2010-2019