Research Program

Project Areas

The subprojects have been put together so that each addresses a specific aspect both of structural changes in property (with respect to subjects, objects and/or organisation) and of structural changes through property, i.e. in relation to property’s effects or changes in how it is embedded. Well-founded evaluations of the dynamics arising either from the expansion of property or from challenges to it will only be possible through the consolidation of the results from these different parts.

In planning the project, we have taken into account the structural diversity of property, and we have also paid attention to developments which are occurring beyond Europe and America, particularly those in South America, China and India, since alternatives to paradigms of private ownership cannot be understood purely in Western frameworks. The following sections explain our fundamental questions in greater detail.

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Project Areas

Working Groups

Complementary to the three project areas, four interdisciplinary working groups will focus on main aspects of the structural change which appear to be in particular need of clarification. In contrast to the rather homogenous structure of the project areas, the working groups are unified by a framework focussing on the subjects, objects, orders, and effects of property.

Since the ownership relations investigated in the subprojects generally encompass all of the dimensions mentioned, the structure of the working groups is to be understood as analytical and not exclusive. The working groups therefore examine one prominent viewpoint. The interconnection of project areas and working groups creates a matrix structure that serves to intensify cooperations within the SFB.

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Working Groups

Areas of Knowledge Transfer

The Collaborative Research Center (SFB) not only serves to communicate concepts, methods and findings between the participating disciplines, it also aims to create focused interaction with the non-academic public. By assuming that in the social sciences knowledge is always gained through interaction and dialogue with intellectuals and experts from different areas of society, it pursues a public sociology.

In the first funding phase, five areas of knowledge transfer address topics of great socio-political relevance: (1) Sharing Economies and Open Access: Alternatives to Ownership? (2) Citizen Energy Communities: Alternative Forms of Ownership? (3) (Residential) Space and Ownership: Who Owns the City? (4) Ownership and (Post-)Growth: More or Less? (5) Intellectual Property in Science: Public Knowledge?

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Areas of Knowledge Transfer

Equal Opportunities

The DFG attaches great importance to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination and has formulated guidelines that are also binding for the SFB (see DFG). 

Furthermore, the DFG promotes gender equality measures, especially to support young female scientists and to reconcile work and family life.

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Equal Oppurtunities

Promotion of Junior Researchers

The promotion of young researchers is a core concern of the SFB, which is taken into account through various innovative formats and a number of specific measures.

In addition to these specific measures of the SFB, the young researchers benefit from the already existing structures of the Universities of Jena and Erfurt as well as the Max Weber Kolleg.

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Wesentlicher Teil von Erkenntnistransfers und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit des SFB TRR 294 ist die Publikationsstrategie. Der SFB setzt hier auf ein mehrstufiges und international ausgerichtetes Verfahren, um möglichst erkennbar und nachhaltig wirksam die Forschungsergebnisse der Teilprojekte und im Verbund präsentieren zu können. Neben der Verbreitung in der Fachcommunity durch Artikel in anerkannten Zeitschriften und bei Verlagen, auch als Open Access Publikation, ist ein weiterer wichtiger Bestandteil die Neue Bibliothek des Eigentums.

Im Zuge der „Public Sociology“ soll hier eine Plattform entstehen, die über zentrale Fragen und Problemstellungen zum Thema „Eigentum“ informiert. Hier werden in Zusammenarbeit mit der   auch Forschungsergebnisse des SFB präsentiert und öffentlich zugänglich gemacht.


Our Zentralprojekte

The Z01 project serves to condense, contrast and bring together the research results from the sub-projects, with the aim of developing a cross-disciplinary inventory of property-related terms, the contrasting systematisation of theory-generating considerations on property relations in late modern societies, and the preparation of comparative societal perspectives.

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The Z02 project is responsible for the scientific management and administration of the SFB. At the same time, it also prepares thematically relevant texts for the general public via the online platform 'Neue Bibliothek des Eigentums'.

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Our Zentralprojekte