Friday, 15 September 2017

Christoph Hennings latest Article has been published

Christoph Hennings latest article has been published in the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung": "<Das Kapital> ist ein Klassiker mit trauriger Aktualität"

The online version of the is available here:

Monday, 4 September 2017

Call for Applications - MWK Fellows

 COFUND Fellowship Programme of Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt for ExperiencedResearchers
MWK-Fellows offers up to 10 fellowships for a duration of 12 months for international postdoctoral scholars whose research is closely related to one of the disciplines and research areas of the Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurtand who want to participate in its advanced study programme.
The online portal will be open from 1 September to 1 Oktober 2017. 
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Friday, 1 September 2017

A Conference is taking place on 'Which Theory, Which Practice? Anti-discrimination and Affirmative Action in Educational Contexts'

Eleven years after the General Act on Equal Treatment has been passed and twenty-three years after the modification of the German constitution towards a substantial conception of gender equality, the following questions are still pressing: Who is discriminated by what? Who is equal in which respect and should be a beneficiary of affirmative action? Who is given a public voice and can participate in decision-making?
The conference elaborates on these questions via methodically diverse panels, two keynotes and one round table discussion. Its emphasis is on education broadly understood as encompassing higher education, primary education, social work and political education. Affirmative action measures are considered not only in respect to inequalities of gender and disability. What is at stake is rather an integral approach also addressing disadvantages of class, ethnicity and sexuality and overcoming gender binarism.
Scientists/practitioners/activists will present and discuss theoretical perspectives, recent research, practical reflections as well as experiential narratives. Anti-discrimination and affirmative action measures like, e.g., quotas will be considered from the perspective of different theoretical approaches including intersectionality, queer theory, diversity and a renewed philosophical egalitarianism. At the same time the aim is to explore how practical and experiential knowledge can enrich theory production. The focus will be on education in Thuringia while national as well as global issues, policies and developments will also be taken into account.

Opening Adress (Tuesday, Nov 7th, 6pm):
Birgit Riegraf (Paderborn)

Keynote (Wednesday, Nov 8th, 6pm):
Satish Desphande (Delhi)

Roundtable Discussion on Diversity (Thursday, Nov 9th, 6pm):
Astrid Biele-Mefebue (Göttingen), Petra Köppel (München), Anneliese Niehoff (Bremen), Tove Soiland (Zürich)

Presentations and Workshops:
Annette von Alemann (Paderborn), Oksana Arnold (Erfurt), Mart Busche (Berlin), Ulrike Brands-Proharam Gonzalez (Aachen), Marina Chernivsky (Berlin), Susanne Dern (Fulda), Anette Dietrich (Berlin), Lena Eckert (Weimar), Marcus Felix (Jena), Karim Fereidooni (Bochum), Urmila Goel (Berlin), Joris Anja Gregor (Jena), Jutta Hartmann (Berlin), Sabine Hastedt (Bremerhaven), Marcel Helwig (Jena), Malte Holler (Berlin), Elisabeth Holzleithner (Wien), Mary John (Delhi), Charlotte Kastner (Berlin), Dagmar Keifl (Erfurt), Daniela Keil (Leipzig), Andreas Kemper (Münster), Uta Klein (Kiel), Manfred Köhnen (Berlin), Anike Krämer (Bochum), Silke Martin (Jena), Ev Blaine Matthigack (Berlin), Paul Mecheril (Oldenburg), Maria Katharina Moser (Wien), Hannah Peaceman (Erfurt), Lisa Pfahl (Innsbruck), Monika Platz (München), Katharina Pöllmann-Heller (Regensburg), Tinou Ponzer (Linz), Beate Rössler (Amsterdam), Nathalie Schlenzka (Berlin), Ana Smidt (Bochum), Jennifer Sonntag (Halle), Katrin Springsgut (Frankfurt), Nina Steinweg (Köln), Uli Streib-Brzič (Berlin), Heinz-Jürgen Voss (Merseburg), Juliette Wedl (Braunschweig)

Organising Team: 
Joris Anja Gregor (Jena), Marc Holland-Cunz (Stuttgart), Paula Jaeger (Erfurt), Urs Lindner (Erfurt), Andrea Nachtigall (Jena), Katharina Reinholdt (Erfurt), Cécile Stehrenberger (Braunschweig), Karolin-Sophie Stüber (Jena)

Cooperating Institutions:
University of Erfurt, Max-Weber-Centre, Ernst-Abbe-University of Applied Sciences Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, Thuringian Affirmative Action Network, University Association Erfurt

University of Erfurt, Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, Ernst-Abbe-Foundation, Research Group Ordering Dynamics, Thuringian Affirmative Action Network, Max-Weber-Centre, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation/Thuringia and the Affirmative Action Officer of the State of Thuringia


Start: Tuesday, Nov 7th, 4.30pm
End: Friday, Nov 10th, 12.30pm
Venue: Collegium Maius, Michaelisstr. 39, Erfurt

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Its just magic!

Dr. Bernd-Christian Otto, historian and scholar of religious studies at the Max-Weber-Kolleg authored a magical book: “Magical Manuscripts in Early Modern Europe. The Clandestine Trade in Illegal Book Collections“
Dr. Bernd-Christian Otto, historian and scholar of religious study with emphasis on the field of magic at the Max-Weber-Kolleg, together with Daniel Bellingradt (FAU Erlangen) has made a magnificent discovery: in the University Library of Leipzig they detected a substantial (10 000 pages) handwritten collection on magic, spells and rituals from late 17th century. This could be one of the most important discoveries of handwritings by magician-savants of continental Europe of this time period. The handwritings consist of 140 manuscripts, influenced from Christian, but also Jewish and Muslim tradition – from a time period where the magical tradition is almost unexplored. While most of the texts can be dated to the late middle age and early modern age, the oldest among them is approximately 1600 years old. The discovery of the manuscripts is even more incredible when considering that such writings and described practices where illegal and sentenced.
The analysis of the discovered collection will be released in English language on September 17th titled „Magical Manuscripts in Early Modern Europe. The Clandestine Trade in Illegal Book Collections“ and published by Palgrave MacMillan.

Turvallista matkaa Suomeen ("Good trip to Finland"), Dr. Cuttica: Junior Fellow is leaving the Max-Weber-Kolleg with a workshop on the history of ideas in England

Dr. Cesare Cuttica, a historian and philosopher who has studied and worked at various institutions in Europe and the USA, is leaving after a year in the COFUND program of the Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt, to study at the Helsinki University of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, where he will continue his research on the history of ideas.

During the last year his main research focus laid on the anti-democratic movements of the early modern age "Fighting the Monstrous 'Many-Headed Multitude': Anti-Democracy in Early Modern England 1558-1642". On the 18th and 19th July together wirh Prof. Markku Peltonen (Helsinki) he organized a workshop on this topic at the Max-Weber-Kolleg. Under the title "Democracy and Anti-Democracy in Early Modern England 1603-1689", Cuttica had invited 14 international researchers to Erfurt to discuss the topic and engage in research-networking. Cuttica writes: The conference facilitated international cooperation between the University of Erfurt and such institutions   as   the   University of Helsinki;   it   created  the  opportunity  for   Erfurt-based professors, researchers, and students to develop networks of professional collaboration with colleagues working in the  same fields as  well  as to establish  new collaborative projects between faculty-members and postgraduate students at Erfurt and partners in the UK, the US, Finland, France and the United Arab Emirates.” The workshop was organized in collaboration with the European Society for the History of Political Thought (, a conference paper for a British publicher is in Progerss with the provisional title The Troubled Journey of Democracy in Early Modern England.

Cesare Cuttica's 12-month research stay at the Max Weber College was enabled by a Fellowship within the framework of the MWF COFUND Fellowship Program, financed by the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Actions of the European Framework Program for Research and Innovation, and co-financed by Horizon. Through the program, which runs until 2020, up to ten international fellows come to Erfurt every year and make an important contribution to the internationalization of research at the Erfurt Science Center.