Forschungsinitiative “Offene Ökonomien. Normative und kulturelle Dynamiken in Perspektive langer Dauer”

The Research Initiative is based on different cultural and knowledge spaces and their economic, legal and political structures, and deals with conflicts and governance mechanisms resulting from cross-border economic relations of varying intensity. It aims to investigate the generation of a) knowledge structures, b) political-legal modes of control and c) specific socio-cultural forms of coexistence in the context of exchange, diversity and migration from ancient times to the present.


The Research Initiative focuses on the following key questions: What is the relationship between the three dimensions? And how do economic, legal, cultural and political patterns and structures influence the normative and cultural dynamics observed in different spatial and temporal contexts?


To answer these questions, historical and systematic-contemporary research perspectives will be developed and connected to each other in an interdisciplinary exchange between history, literature and cultural studies, law, economics and social sciences. Empirically, the planned SFB focuses on places that have been shaped by the opening of their economic, cultural and legal exchange relations.


The Research Initiative is organized in three subgroups:

Maritime Economies (Spokespeople: Prof. Dr. Christoph Schäfer & Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gehring)

Transregional Economies (Spokespeople: Prof. Dr. Lukas Clemens & Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehmkuhl)

Interdependent Economies (Spokespeople: Prof. Dr. Xenia Matschke & Prof. Dr. Thomas Rüfner)

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