Raum, Agency und Praktiken in der postnationalen Konstellation

Projektlaufzeit: 1. September 2018 bis 31. August 2021

Das Projekt beschäftigt sich mit dem Wandel von Staatlichkeit in der postnationalen Konstellation anhand der Begriffe Raum, Agency und (staatlicher) Praktiken. In mehreren Teilprojekten geht es um internationale Spielregeln, die darüber entscheiden, wie Akteure und Strukturen konstituiert werden, und wer über die Gestaltung dieser Spielregeln entscheiden darf. Dabei liegt ein besonderer Fokus darauf, wie konstitutive Normen und Praktiken globaler Politik interagieren, und wie Agenten mit diesen Strukturen umgehen.

PD Dr. Daniel Lambach
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Die politische Differenz des Lebens. Zur Neukonzeption der Krise von Staat und Gesellschaft

Projektlaufzeit: 1. Januar 2019 bis 31. Dezember 2021

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VICTOR-E Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration, and Reconstruction in Post-War Europe

Projektlaufzeit: 1. Mai 2019 bis 30. April 2022

Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger | Profil

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Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies

Colonial rule and expansion is an efficacious event in the histories of both the global North and the global South leaving a distinct mark on current scholarship, culture, philosophy, literature as well as the economy, politics, law and society. In the past three decades Postcolonial Studies has emerged as a trans-disciplinary research field, which has provided the impetus for important critical interventions within numerous academic disciplines – from Literary and Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Ethnology and Political Science to Philosophy. Other trans-disciplinary research areas, such as Gender Studies, can no longer be imagined without recourse to postcolonial approaches.

Postcolonial Studies aims to explore the legacies and consequences of European colonialism in its various aspects – literal, figurative, spatial, historical, political and economic. In so doing, the specific focus is never placed on particular countries, regions or even disciplines, but rather the aim is to bring to the forefront past and current interdependences and entanglements in a trans-disciplinary perspective. That which is often referred to as “modern Europe” is read as an outcome of colonial interaction, even as (former) colonies are understood as “laboratories of modernity”. As an influential body of theory, Postcolonial Studies includes analyses of the political, economic and cultural developments in the global South as well the examination of the above-mentioned entanglements with the global North. Furthermore, the strategies of justification of various colonial and neocolonial discourses are also investigated, so that the normative violence, which is exerted in the name of rationality, progress and development, may be critiqued.

Postcolonial Studies is an attempt to reconstruct the effects of Western imperialism, which are at play up to the present day. However, the field also aims to document how precarious and contested these power formations have been, so that the postcolonial constellations can be grasped in their complex and contradictory nature. In the various areas of scholarship it attempts to show the sustained and ambivalent effects of colonial power structures on knowledge production. Postcolonial Studies intends to deconstruct the Eurocentrism that underlies a large part of theory-building in the West. However, it not only challenges Eurocentric claims of universality, but also the complementary assertions of global particularism and cultural relativism.

A postcolonial perspective has also proven to be indispensable for an analysis of political practice and norms. In today’s times global dimensions of social inequalities have to be taken into account. On account of our entangled histories and futures, it is insufficient to seek to address political responsibility only within national borders. Postcolonial theorists have established that it is impossible to write a history of the West without taking into account the histories of the colonies and vice versa. Despite multiple attempts to comprehend global power constellations from a multidimensional perspective − owing to the relatively short German colonial period − critical approaches in German-speaking academia have often neglected to consider the colonial context within which transnational problems and conflicts originated. As a result, in contrast to Anglo-American academia, postcolonial perspectives have for a long time only been per- and received as marginal. The current interest in postcolonial theory in German-speaking countries has now led to a formerly neglected research area receiving attention, contributing to an expansion of critical theory-building and its institutionalization.
Within the German-speaking academic discourse the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS) aims to provide a platform for postcolonial theory in general and feminist-postcolonial theory in particular. The first of its kind in the German Social Sciences landscape, the trans-disciplinary research center intends to promote postcolonial perspectives with a Social Science focus, to further consolidate Postcolonial Studies within Germany, even as it seeks to set new trends within postcolonial theory production itself. The Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” as well as the Goethe-University Frankfurt, where the FRCPS is located, will visibly be able to distinguish themselves in an influential research area.
The FRCPS researches postcolonial constellations and conflicts in all their complexity. In comparison to other Postcolonial Studies institutes, FRCPS does not only emphasize cultural politics and hybridization processes, but also places an equally strong emphasis on questions of decolonization and democratization in the postcolonial contexts of developing socio-economic and political areas. Investigating the conceptual and cultural flows between the “South” and the “North” also always brings with it recognizing violent and socio-economic exploitation as a defining moment of colonialism. The intermingling of diverse normative orders and their multifaceted impact marks an important point of departure for theory-building and critical intervention. The analyses of different types of norms – juridical, moral or social – and their interaction in different contexts of domination, for instance in regulating gender and sexuality, is indispensable in understanding how colonial justification narratives such as the mission civilisatrice operate. On the other hand, the FRCPS addresses the critical impetus of norms – such as equality, liberty and justice – which anti-colonial liberation movements have historically employed to challenge colonial rule and which have been mobilized by women’s movements globally in support of their emancipatory claims. By framing gender relations as normative orders, the FRCPS strives to integrate a perspective critical of heteronormativity, which raises important questions such as: How are gender relations and sexualities in postcolonial contexts structured? How can gendered structures be deconstructed? And how do global labor and production processes effect gender relations both within as well as between the “North” and the “South“?

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Forschungsschwerpunkt Internet und Gesellschaft im Forschungsverbund „Normative Ordnungen“

Die mit den digitalen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien verbundenen normativen Herausforderungen werden immer offenkundiger. Als Netzwerk der Netzwerke ist das Internet zu einem zentralen Gegenstand rechts-, sozial-, politk- und geisteswissenschaftlicher Forschung geworden.
Am Forschungsverbund wird seit Jahren Internetforschung aus unterschiedlichen, aber einander ergänzenden Perspektiven geleistet.
Der Forschungsschwerpunkt Internet und Gesellschaft im Forschungsverbund „Normative Ordnungen“ bündelt diese Initiativen und festigt die Rolle des Verbunds als Zentrum empirisch-normativer Internetforschung.

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Frankfurter Kolloquium für Internetforschung


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17.-19. November 2016
Internationale Nachwuchskonferenz des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen"

Digital <Dis>Orders
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Burchard, Christoph, Prof. Dr. | Profil
Straf- und strafverfahrensrechtliche Reaktion auf Kriminalität im Internet; Internationalisierung und Europäisierung des (Internet-)Strafrechts; zwischenstaatliche Zusammenarbeit zur Verhütung und Verfolgung von Cyberkriminalität

Brodowski, Dominik, Dr. | Profil
Strafrechtliche, strafverfahrensrechtliche und polizeirechtliche Reaktion auf Kriminalität im Internet; Europäisierung des (Internet-)Strafrechts; Internationale polizeilicher und justizielle Zusammenarbeit zur Verhütung und Verfolgung von Cyberkriminalität

Daase, Christopher, Prof. Dr. | Profil
Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (dabei auch Cyber-Außen-u. Sicherheitspolitik), Risikoanalysen und Krisenszenarien, Internationale Institutionen und Governance Umgang mit politischem Widerstand (auch im Internet: Wikileaks etc.

Kamis, Ben, MSc. I.R. | Profil
(internationale) Cybersicherheit; (europäische) Internet- und Datenschutzregulierung; Effekte der Digitalisierung und deren Regulierung auf staatliche Souveränität und Bürgerschaft)

Kettemann, Matthias, Mag. Dr. LL.M. (Harvard) | Profil
Völkerrechtliche Fragen der Internetregulierung und -verwaltung; Schutz der Menschenrechte im
Internet; Zusammenspiel von Völkerrecht, Europarecht und staatlichem Recht mit Internetbezug; Multistakeholderstrukturen und Normenentwicklung im Internet; Regulierung von nichtstaatlichen Internetakteuren

Peukert, Alexander, Univ.-Prof. Dr. | Profil
Deutsches, europäisches und internationales Urheber- und Markenrecht;
Persönlichkeitsrecht; Recht gegen unlauteren Wettbewerb; Internationales Privat-
und Zivilverfahrensrecht (jeweils im Hinblick auf Digitalisierung und Internet); Rechtstheorie

Thiel, Thorsten, Dr. | Profil
Demokratie- und Legitimationstheorien, Partizipations-und Repräsentationsstrukturen digitaler Gesellschaften, Staatstheorie und Souveränität, Nichtstaatliche Akteure und Internet Governance, Politisierungsprozesse digitaler Themen, Datenschutz und Anonymität, Digitale Wissenschaft

Rauer, Valentin, Dr. | Profil
Soziologie algorithmischen Handelns. Handlungstheoretische Fragen der algorithmischen Governance von sozialen Beziehungen und Netzwerken, Transformation von intersubjektiv strukturierten sozialen Situation in interobjektive Strukturierung soziale Situationen, Mobilisierung der Internets durch nicht stationäre Computertechnologien.


Research Focus Global Islam

Conflicts in the countries of the global south have an impact on our own society and are, in turn, influenced by political, economic, and military activities of our governments. Explosive conflict situations emerge particularly in cases where internal political problems become exacerbated by external political dynamics. Islamism and Islamic fundamentalism are phenomena that are on the rise both in Muslim-dominated states and the Muslim diaspora communities in Europe. Particularly in states with laical or pluralist political traditions, Islamist organizations attract youths on a massive scale; an Islamic way of life is very popular in these places, and the viability of Islamic utopias as socio-political alternatives is tested in social communities. These developments have the potential to trigger considerable conflict.

Anti-Semitic slogans were shouted in August 2014 in Cologne, Frankfurt, and Berlin at protest rallies against the war in Gaza, and Jews were attacked in German cities. At the same time, Islamist Syrians assaulted Christians in refugee hostels, and Kurds and Yazidis engaged in fights with Sunni Arabs in German streets. Salafis mobilize their followers by invoking the oppression of Muslims in Palestine and Europe, and recruit them for a global “holy war.” Germans, both with and without migration background, are fighting in the militias of the “Islamic State,” and jihadists have repeatedly threatened to make Germany the target of attacks.
At the same time, there are movements of Muslim intellectuals and scholars all over the world who pave the way for an interpretation of Islam that is compatible with democracy, human rights, women’s and children’s rights, as well as with humanist ideals. However, their works are still little discussed and reviewed. In addition, they are under much pressure by conservative and fundamentalist forces.

The Frankfurter Forschungszentrum Globaler Islam is designed as a think tank that subjects these dynamics to scholarly analysis and specifies their significance with regard to Germany. Combining regional and national perspectives with transnational and global approaches, the center is in a position to establish contexts and connections, and to advise both state and civil-society actors.

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Rainer Forst zu Corresponding Fellow der British Academy gewählt

Wie die British Academy am 24. Juli bekannt gab, wurde Prof. Rainer Forst als Corresponding Fellow aufgenommen. Jährlich wählt die British Academy herausragende Gelehrte und Wissenschaftler*innen, die sich auf dem Gebiet der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften international verdient gemacht haben zu Corresponding Fellows. Mehr...

Bundesministerin Karliczek gibt Startschuss für das neue Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt

In einer Pressekonferenz hat Bundesministerin Anja Karliczek am 28. Mai 2020 den Startschuss für das neue Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt (FGZ) gegeben. Mit dabei waren Sprecherin Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff (Goethe-Uni, Normative Orders), sowie der Geschäftsführende Sprecher Prof. Matthias Middell (Uni Leipzig) und Sprecher Prof. Olaf Groh-Samberg (Uni Bremen). Nun kann auch das Frankfurter Teilinstitut seine Arbeit aufnehmen. Mehr...

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