The SFB short film:

About property in transition and the work of the SFB.

This film is the work of Catharina Göldner and Katharina Hamann.

Project Areas A at the opening of the SFB in July 2021.

Image: Anne Günther (Universität Jena)

Project Areas B at the opening of the SFB in July 2021.

Image: Anne Günther (Universität Jena)

Project Areas C at the opening of the SFB in July 2021.

Image: Anne Günther (FSU Jena)

Welcome to the website of the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 294 "Structural Change of Property"!

The Collaborative Research Centre pursues the goal of investigating the fundamental structural change of property that could be observed at the latest since 1989.  The Collaborative Research Centre contains a total of 23 subprojects at five locations in Germany: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Sprecher*innenhochschule), Universität Erfurt, Freie Universität BerlinCarl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Technische Universität Darmstadt.

While private property has gained in importance worldwide since 1989 under conditions of increasing concentration and deregulation, the resulting property system has proved to be both crisis-prone and highly controversial in the face of new economic, political and technological challenges. It isn´t challenged only by the global financial and economic crises, but also by political conflicts over the appropriation, distribution and containment of private property, as well as by the dynamics of the knowledge and bio-economies, which are linked to alternative concepts of common property, shared use and free access to resources.


In discussion with Cecilia Rikap

Cecilia Rikap was a guest at the SFB as a Mercator Fellow. We talked to her about property and her research.

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Lecture: “Crisis and Consciousness in Communicative Capitalism”

As part of the Marxist Labour Week anniversary, Jodi Dean will give a talk on 23.05.2023 (06:00 p.m.) in which she will talk about the systemic crisis of capitalism. The event will be held in English. For more information, please see the flyer.

The SFB in the media

Carsten Herrmann-Pillath has published a guest article in the Frankfurter Rundschau on “Nutzen wir die Freiheit”. He argues that a productivity boost through AI opens up the opportunity to realise an unconditional basic income for all.


Event report

The conference report on the event “Transformations of Property in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe: Reconfigurations of Ownership and Alternatives to Private Property” by subproject B07 has been published on H-Soz-Kult and is available under the following link.


Kino am Markt; Jena

Film series “Property in View”

Who owns what and why? Property is omnipresent and yet often lost sight of in its complexity. “Property in View” is a film series of the SFB 294 “Structural Change of Property” that brings this complexity to the screen.

Sorry we missed you, GB/F/B 2019, Introduction by Steffen Liebig.

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Max-Weber-Kolleg; Erfurt

Methods workshop with Solomon Benjamin

Mercator Fellow Solomon Benjamin is holding a methods workshop at MWK entitled: “Theorising Land from the Field: Approaches and framing meaningful Research Methods”

SFB Colloquium

Session 1 Karlotta Böthig:
“Die Entwicklung der rechtsfähigen Stiftung bürgerlichen Rechts”

Session 2 Marion Reiser, Lars Vogel, Jonathan Rinne:
“Property and Preferences for Democratic Representation”

Max-Weber-Kolleg; Erfurt

Colloquium: Varun Patil

At MWK (805) in person.

Title: “Struggles of moving from apatra (ineligible) to patra (eligible): Narratives from Dharavi or “Asia’s largest slum” on structural transformation through an urban renewal scheme.”