“Global knowledge transfer and translocal paradoxes“

Religion and Migration
GK&TP Summer School

Globalisation is generally seen as both a cause and a consequence of increasing spatial mobility. This mobility involves the transfer of knowledge and norms in socio-cultural life as well as science and technology. The aim of the project is to analyse such global exchange processes. It will examine their conditions and consequences as well as the actors involved, in current and historical terms, from a conceptual as well as empirical perspective. The main focus is on the manifold tensions and paradoxes associated with cultural and regional differentiation on the one hand, and global connectedness on the other. Two types of paradoxes will figure centrally: (i) those that arise as a result of the (often asymmetrical) exchange processes between regional and cultural spaces; and (ii) those that arise within such spaces or societies as a result of said processes.

PhD group

Junior researchers from five faculties (Faculty of Theology, Faculty 
of Philosophy, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of 
Chemistry and Geosciences, and Faculty of Economics) of the FSU Jena 
participate in the Kolleg. The interdisciplinary work in the Kolleg 
focuses on the various research projects in their relation to the 
guiding theme of the development area 'Global Knowledge Transfers and 
Translocal Paradoxes' of the university profile line Liberty.

Contact person for questions concerning the Kolleg is Prof. Dr. Michael Wermke. de

PhD students

Franziska Sandkühler Expand entry
Fahed Al-Janabi Expand entry
Martina Buratti Expand entry

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Minseok Kang Expand entry
Sungsoo Hong Expand entry
Manchul Kim Expand entry


Alexandra Stang Expand entry

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Mareike Wöllhaf Expand entry


Linda Bracke Expand entry


Lidiia Melnyk Expand entry


Stefan Van Der Hoek Expand entry

The sub-projects in detail:

Goods and technologies Expand entry

Prof. Dr. Matthias Menter (Jun.Prof.), Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation and Economic Change

Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner, Microeconomics
Dr. Maximilian Göthner, Microeconomics
Prof. Dr. Daniela Gröschke, Intercultural Personnel and Organisational Development
Prof. Dr. Anika Klafki (Jun.Prof.), Public Law, esp. Transnational Administrative Law
Prof. Dr. Edward Schramm, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Commercial Criminal Law, European and International Criminal Law
Prof. Dr. Stefan Strohschneider, Intercultural Business Communication
Prof. Dr. Silke Übelmesser, Finance

This sub-project will investigate paradoxes and inequalities between economies that are induced and reinforced by global knowledge flows. We will analyse regional disparities in the access to, and use of, globally available stocks of information and knowledge and develop efficient measures and mechanisms to address these disparities and enhance participation. We will combine and compare economic and legal as well as cultural approaches and perspectives.

Culture and religion Expand entry

Prof. Dr. Michael Wermke de,  Center for Religious Education Studies

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bolten, Intercultural Business Communication
Prof. Dr. Valeska Bopp-Filimónov (Jun.-Prof.), Romanian Studies
Prof. Dr. Christina Brandt, History of Science
Prof. Dr. Juliane v. Fircks, Art History
Prof. Dr. Miriam Rose de, Systematic Theology
Prof. Dr. Thomas Scharinger de (Jun.-Prof.), Romance Linguistics
Prof. Dr. Kim Siebenhüner, History of the Early Modern Period, History Seminar

This sub-project focuses on cultural and religious ambivalences that are created by the transfer of texts, media and discourses, attitudes and habits as well as strategies of their group specific and societal handling. It will deal with topics such as culturalistic practices of majority societies in dealing with the cultural and religious claims to self-determination made by minorities.

People and society Expand entry

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Henn de, Economic Geography

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Hiß de, Sociology of Markets, Organizations and Governance
Prof. Dr. Thomas Kessler, Social Psychology
Prof. Dr. Franz Neyer, Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostics
Prof. Dr. Christoph Ohler de, Public Law, European Law, International Law and International Commercial Law
Prof. Dr. Marion Reiser de, Political System of the Federal Republic of Germany
Prof. Dr. Simon Runkel (Jun.-Prof.), Social Geography

This sub-project deals with the transfer of knowledge and practices associated with cross-border mobility of individuals (e.g. migrants, sales agents, businesspeople) and their collectives (e.g. ethnic groups), their application in various social contexts and (global) paradoxes and synergies resulting from them.

Language and communication Expand entry

Prof. Dr. Diana Forker, Caucasus Studies

Prof. Dr. Holger Dießel, English/American Studies
Prof. Dr. Volker Gast, English/American Studies
Prof. Dr. Julia Kuhn de, Romance Studies
Prof. Martin Kümmel, Indo-European Studies
Prof. Dr. Ruprecht von Waldenfels, Slavic Linguistics

This sub-project deals with asymmetries and potentials for transfer in language technology (e.g. NLP and automatic translation). We envisage transfer projects from high-resource languages to low-resource languages in which resources and technologies that have been developed for major languages will be transferred to minor languages. We will carry out case studies on topics such as 'digitalization', 'liberty/freedom' and 'pandemic management', using methods such as topic modeling and sentiment analysis.

Methodology Expand entry

Dr. Maximilian Göthner, Microeconomics

Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner, Microeconomics
Prof. Dr. Volker Gast, English/American Studies
Prof. Dr. Kai Lawonn (Jun.-Prof.), Visualization and Explorative Data Analysis

This sub-project will develop and analyse appropriate indicators for the observation of information and knowledge flows, and of technological spheres and knowledge spaces and their development. We will take a multidimensional perspective on the notion of 'knowledge' which allows for the measurement of technological, cultural and linguistic knowledge.