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.

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.


The SFB in the media

Marlen van den Ecker has written a commentary in the FAZ on plagiarism and intellectual property from a sociological perspective.

The SFB in the media

Stefan Schmalz discusses in Jacobin Magazine the participation of the Chinese state-owned company COSCO in a terminal in the port of Hamburg and takes a critical look at the private ownership.

New publication

Agnieszka Althaber's dissertation has been published as a book entitled "Teilzeitarbeit im Lebensverlauf von Männern. On the occupational structuring of transitions and consequences" by Budrich Verlag (PDF as open access).


SFB-INTERN: Digital get-together mid-level staff

More information about the Mid-level Representatives.


Colloquium Gibson; van Dyk and Kip; Bianchi Mancini

Session 1 Helen Gibson:
"The Cosmogram as Alternative to Property for the Eigentumslosen."

Session 2 Markus Kip, Silke van Dyk:
„Die Zukunft sozialer Rechte. Sozialeigentum als Vergesellschaftung von Sozialpolitik“

Session 3 Sofia Bianchi Mancini:
"Gods’ Landed Property: A Study on Sacred Groves in Republican and Imperial Rome"

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Colloquium Kunze and Behrendt

Session 1 Daniel Kunze:
„Die ‚Assetization‘ des Mietwohnraums – eine Fallstudie in Madrid“

Session 2 Carmen Behrendt:
„Verdienstorden als symbolisches Kapital in der frühen Bundesrepublik“

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General Assembly of the SFB

Further information will follow.