University of Bremen: DFG funds graduate college

A complete success for the promotion of young researchers: The German Research Foundation has approved the graduate program “Contradiction Studies” in the humanities, social sciences and law for an initial period of four and a half years. The funding amounts to around 4.5 million euros from 2022 to 2026.
“We are very happy about this news,” said Michi Knecht and Ingo H. Warnke, the future spokesperson team of the Graduate School. You represent the subjects of cultural studies and interdisciplinary linguistics at the University of Bremen. “The college will make an important contribution to understanding contradiction in complex societies.” The interdisciplinary collaborative research platform “ Worlds of Contradiction ” with around 100 members has been working on this topic for several years.

Professor Jutta Günther, Vice Rector for Research, Young Academics and Transfer at the University of Bremen, congratulates Michi Knecht and Ingo Warnke as well as the entire application team: “At the University of Bremen there is interdisciplinary basic research in the humanities that deserves very high recognition. I wish the future researchers in the Graduate School and all those involved an insightful research with high social relevance. “

In the DFG graduate college with the title “Contradiction Studies – Constellations, Heuristics and Concepts of the Contradictory”, 12 doctoral positions with a three-year term, 12 associated doctoral positions (doctoral candidates with their own financial support) and a post-doctoral position with a four-year term are set up in the first cohort It is planned to start in 2022 with up to 30 young scientists.

About the Graduate College “Contradiction Studies”
“The world is full of contradictions” – that is a commonplace. But in many areas such as science, law and fundamentally logic, consistency is a valuable asset. This is where the interest of the college comes in: It asks how people concretely deal with the tension between the contradictions of living together, a required freedom from contradictions and practices of contradiction. Which political, social and symbolic functions have contradictions?

The graduate college emerges from the Bremen joint research platform Worlds of Contradiction (WoC). It examines constellations, approaches and concepts of the contradictory with a view to requirements, negotiation processes and the limits of consistency. Even if there are the most varied of ways of dealing with contradictions, paradoxes, spaces of dissent, with incompatible arguments and incompatible positions, we still know too little about worlds of contradiction. The graduate school is dedicated to this innovative interdisciplinary field of research within the framework of the newly established contradiction studies .

12 scientists from the University of Bremen cooperate in the graduate school. The spectrum of subjects ranges from empirical cultural studies, social and cultural anthropology, interdisciplinary linguistics, literary studies (Romance studies, North American and postcolonial literatures, older German literary studies), law to human geography, political science, the history of Eastern Europe, philosophy and religious studies.
The college will work in a broad network, and last but not least, three well-known Mercator Fellows guarantee a high degree of internationality.

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