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 members of the Collaborative Research Centre in summer 2023

Image: Marlen van den Ecker

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.


Looking back on the time with Mercator Fellow Klaus Bosselmann

The legal scholar Klaus Bosselmann from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) was a Mercator Fellow at the SFB in June. At the Jena Social Theory Colloquium, he gave a lecture on "Beyond Property: Trusteeship for the Earth". In addition, a workshop on "Private property and public commons - narrowing the gap" was organized with him.

In the new episode of our SFB podcast appropriate, you can listen to Klaus Bosselmann's abridged lecture and a subsequent interview.


New publication!

Carsten Herrmann-Pillath and Qian Zhao (C01) have published a new book. The anthology East Asian Ethical Life and Socio-Economic Transformation in the Twenty-First Century. The Ethical Sources of the Entrepreneurial Renewal of Companies and Communities looks at ethical culture in East Asia, examines the impact it has had on economic and social transformation, and explores what impact it might have on solving current problems. It also looks at cooperative enterprises and corporate social responsibility.

Call for Papers

For the conference "Gender, Nature and Ecology. Articulating the political-intellectual traditions of French and German ecofeminism in a global perspective" which is co-organized by Susanne Lettow (C02), contributions are sought. The conference will take place from October 7 to 8, 2024 in Paris and Anna Saave (University of Freiburg), former member of the CRC, will give a keynote speech. The PDF with more information is available here.

The SFB in the media

Petra Gümplová (JRT01) was interviewed by the Goethe-Institut about the use of natural resources. In the interview, she describes how the current system of ownership of natural resources developed and why it is problematic. Finally, she gives an outlook on alternative concepts for the management of natural resources.

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Volkshaus; Jena

International Annual Conference "Beyond (Private) Property"

At the conference in Jena, we will discuss different forms of ownership that cannot be reduced to private property - which is dominant in modern societies - and ask about possibilities for organizing social relations in a non-property form or beyond private property.

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Lokschuppen; Marburg

Workshop: Making Publics for Finance – Making Finance Public: Methods and Politics in Studying Finance

The event organized by project A07 will take place next Tuesday, July 23rd from 09-18 in Marburg (Lokschuppen). Please register with Daniel Kunze ( by Friday, July 19.

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität; Jena

Workshop: Changing property and gender relations

<meta charset="UTF-8">The workshop is organized by B06 "Property inequalities in the private sphere" (Agnieszka Althaber, Kathrin Leuze, Robin Saalfeld, Sylka Scholz). The content of the workshop is to gather diverse findings on property and gender relations from the SFB/Transregio projects and collectively examine how these insights can be synthesized into broader theses about the reciprocal relationships between property and gender.