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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.

Research Areas
Disciplinary boundaries converge in eight interdisciplinary Research Areas that promote lively and productive exchange.
Emerging Topic Research Groups
The Emerging Topics Research Groups work on current topics, encourage the development of new approaches and methods in the study of culture, and enable through their work a transfer of concepts between different disciplines and scholarly cultures.
Members of the GCSC can contribute to various publication series, a review journal (KULT_online), and an open access e-journal (On_Culture).
Partners & Networks
The GCSC is involved in several bilateral cooperations and international networks. As such, it offers doctoral researchers the possibility to actively engage in international academic discourses.
Predoctoral Programme for the Study of Culture
The GCSC together with the deanships of the faculties 03, 04 and 05 supports excellent students who have entered the final phase before their MA or teacher training degree and who want to pursue a Ph.D. in the study of culture. Select courses of the GCSC core curriculum, as well as workshops and events designed specifically for this stage of your academic career will help you master the transition into the Ph.D. phase.
Postdoctoral Researchers
Postdoctoral researchers have always played a crucial role at the Centre. Alongside working on their own projects, they are also involved in a variety of collaborative research contexts and international networks.
Translating the Study of Culture
Translating the Study of Culture comprises all activities at the GCSC aimed at communi-cating with and reaching out to the general public regarding the research being done at the centre.