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Research and Graduate Education

Research & Education

Studying Culture

For the last two decades, the study of culture has been one of the most rapidly developing fields of research in European and North American scholarship. Envisaging texts, social structures and human action as cultural phenomena provides a common ground for dialogue among the various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.

Studying Culture at the GCSC

The GCSC’s academic framework reflects a pluralistic understanding of the study of culture.

The various approaches – synchronic and historical, interpretative and empirical, contextualising and systematic – are no seen as being mutually exclusive, but are natural allies. “The study of culture” thus does not refer to a particular theoretical approach. Instead, JLU aims to enhance dialogue among the disciplines, fostering self-reflexive, interdisciplinary and international approaches to the field and promoting these insights with several opportunities for publication.

Developing New Approaches

Identity, performativity, mediality - the nature and inter-transferability of such dynamic key concepts drives our research programme. In our view, concept-based research serves as a foundation for engaging in productive interdisciplinary and international dialogue. The work on concepts in the study of culture considers both, disciplinary knowledge as well as its limitations. With regard to research training, key concepts are not seen as static tools which can simply be applied to fields of research. Rather, we aim at a scholarly discussion on the background and implications of a particular concept as well. Thus, interdisciplinary research at the GCSC investigates their inter-transfer between diverse disciplines and academic cultures, highlighting difference, debate, and dialogue.

GCSC Research Areas

Disciplinary boundaries converge in eight interdisciplinary Research Areas that promote lively and productive exchange.

In close collaboration with the GGK Working Groups and Sections as well as with the GCSC Emerging Topic Research Groups, the Research Areas form the central forums for the concept-based research at the GCSC. Together with our senior researchers such as Dr. Doris Bachmann-Medick and in exchange with fellow doctoral researchers, postdocs, and professors, GCSC members organize projects and events related to their work on concepts in the study of culture and thereby gain further valuable qualifications.

Methodological pluralism, interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration with top-ranking international research facilities lie at the heart of our research. Within our Research Areas, young scholars not only find the interdisciplinary context that supports them in the development of their research interests; together with fellow doctoral students, postdocs, and professors, GCSC students organise projects and events and thereby gain further valuable qualifications.

Emerging Topics Research Groups