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Research Area 6: Cultural Identities


Within our particular Research Area we deal with a very complex and fluid set of notions of identity. We tend to approach it from a vast array of cultural perspectives. In this regard, it is important to emphasize the interconnectedness of the two mentioned concepts, that is, the concept of culture and identity, which could not be grasped independently but must instead be taken together in all its conflictual dynamics. Hence, throughout our theoretical discussions we seek to bring light to the potential results of the aforementioned intertwining. Subsequent to paradigms such as poststructuralism and deconstruction theory that have profoundly shaped identitarian theory and politics within the past few decades, we are also invested in building on alternative theoretical takes on cultural identity that may extend and challenge but do not ignore former conceptual articulations and its influential legacies. This includes reframed notions of terms such as identity and/or subjectivity in a direction of their never-ending search for ''the Other'' as a constitutive element that paradoxically confirms their always already incoherent ontological status. The notion of identity, in this sense, is not to be taken as an autonomous and self-sustaining entity, but rather as an open yet fundamental network that consists of distinct layers of productive intersections between subjects and objects, dramatically informed by various discursive repertoires. Following this path, we welcome a number of theoretical angles that include but are not limited to: New Materialism, Posthumanism, Embodiment and Affect Theory, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Narratology, Philosophy of Self and similar.


Academic Year 2020-2021


Laura Popa ()

Tatsiana Artsimovich ()

Academic Year 2019-2020

Current Activities 

During the present academic year, our Research Area focuses on the concept of "cultural hybridity", and the planning of an international conference-event to be held in June 2021.


◊ 23 June 2020: Workshop offered by Dr. Doris Bachmann-Medick (International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture): “Cultural Hybridity-Revisited”


Active Participants:

Aleksandar Talovic

Clara Verri

Daniel Speier

Laura Popa

Morteza Azimi

Tatsiana Artsimovich



Laura Popa ()

Morteza Azimi ()


Current Events Summer Term 2018

19 June 2018: Keynote Lecture offered by Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez (University of Bern, Switzerland): “The Road Not Taken: Ethics and Non-Negative Non-Agency”

20 June 2018: Master Class offered by Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez (University of Bern, Switzerland): “Rethinking Agency – Rethinking Community”


Active Participants:

Aleksandar Talović

Alexandra Effe

Daniel Schneider

Jana Tiborra

Alexander Flaß

Silvia Casazza
Vera Volkmann

Lisa Kempus

Jonas Wolf

María Cárdenas


Speaker Contacts:

Alexander Flaß (

Aleksandar Talović (