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22. Jan 2020

International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (IMPRS ANARCHIE)

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Chris Hann, Prof. Dr. François Bertemes, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pecăr, coordinator: Dr. Sascha Roth
(funding 2012-2021)

ANARCHIE is dedicated to the study of diachronic processes in societies and cultures of the Old World. They are studied in a comparative transnational framework that focuses on the entire land mass of Asia and Europe, including the Mediterranean south coast. The aim of the graduate programme is to make theories and methods of archaeology, ethnology and history fruitful for each other through their mutual opening.

Four successive cohorts of about twelve international doctoral students each form common thematic foci: (1) collective identifications, (2) religion and ritual, (3) economic and demographic drivers of social change, and (4) representing domination. [read more]

Faculties and partners:

  • Faculty of Philosophy I
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle

10. Jan 2020

International Graduate School “The obligation of societal norms”

Written by

spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pečar
(funding 2018-2021)

The research of the international graduate school focuses on a central inter- and transdisciplinary question: How are political, ethical, legal, religious, cultural, or aesthetic norms and values made binding or acknowledged as binding for individuals within a society? Connected with this central question, we also ask: What sources of authority are concerned with justifying the recognition of these norms and values, or with motivating members of society to adhere to them? Are the rules, principles, and laws explicitly formulated or are they simply implicitly assumed? What are the relationships and tensions between transcendental sources of legitimacy and authority on the one hand and worldly contexts of justification on the other? What societal ideals do these norms and values express? Are they responding to specific cultural, social, philosophical, and religious conflicts, crises, or upheavals? Can societal processes and revolutions be triggered, in their turn, by discourses about norms and obligations? [read more]

The graduate school is part of the Center of Excellence, “Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge” established through an initiative of the state of Saxony-Anhalt in October, 2006. Its objective is the interdisciplinary investigation of the transformation of the religious and the rational in the modern period. (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Pečar) website

Faculties and partners:

  • Faculty of Philosophy I
  • Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
  • Ministry of Education of Saxony-Anhalt
  • German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • University of Vienna

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