Affect and emotion are at the core of culture and society. They enable social cohesion and solidarity but also create exclusion and isolation. We investigate the fundamental role of affect and emotion for social life in the mobile, entangled and mediatized world of the 21st century. It is our goal to establish a new understanding of societies as affective societies.
Over 70 people, scientists from ten disciplines, student employees and administrational staff, work in 17 projects to study affects from their perspectives. 7 different insitutions realize the interdisciplinary program, bringing together social-, nature-, cultural sciences and humanities. Those include the Freie Universität Berlin as speaker university, Charité Berlin, Universität Hamburg, Max Planck Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Martin-Luther-Universität in Halle (Saale), Ethnologisches Museum zu Berlin and Botanischer Garten Berlin.
Aletta Diefenbach: Between purpose of life, mockery and nostalgia. How Christianity unties and divides right-wing adherents
Aletta Diefenbach's (SP C04) new article is published in the Journal of Religion, Society, and Politics and explores the role of Christianity as an identity marker for the New Right.
Fabian Bernhardt on revenge in „Neugier genügt – Redezeit“
Revenge is one of the dark emotions, which is why we want to banish it from our lives as far as possible. However, author and philosopher Fabian Bernhardt (SP B05) says that the desire for retribution plays a significant role.
Elgen Sauerborn on Deutschlandfunk Nova: "That's why we talk more and more about our feelings".
Am I highly sensitive? What is toxic behavior? More and more terms from the therapeutic field are migrating into everyday life. Elgen Sauerborn (SP B06) gives an insight into the structure of our emotions on Deutschlandfunk Nova.
„Rache. Über einen blinden Fleck der Moderne“ – Fabian Bernhardt in Conversation
On Deutschlandfunk's "Büchermarkt" program, Fabian Bernhardt (TP B05) talks with Miriam Zeh about modernity's relationship to revenge and introduces his new book.
Fabian Bernhardt: "The Philosophy of Revenge" on Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Tit for tat? Revenge has no place in the modern self-image - but feelings of revenge are by no means foreign to us, says philosopher Fabian Bernhardt (SP B05). A conversation for "Sein und Streit" from Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Looted Art & Benin Bronzes: Paola Ivanov on the Restitution Debate
Things are happening in German museums: looted art is being returned, decolonisation is taking shape. Paola Ivanov (A06) on the restitution debate, colonialism and modernity in conversation with Bayern2.
TV Diskurs Interview with Margreth Lünenborg
Margreth Lünenborg, Professor of Journalism and Communication Studies (TP B02) in an interview with 'TV Diskurs' about her research on reality television formats, their affective impact and "Guilty Pleasure".
Article "Nachbarschaft" about Max Müller's research
Max Müller, religious scholar and research assistant in sub-project A02, is researching Vietnamese life in Berlin. In the article "Nachbarschaft" (Neighbourhood), the Tagesspiegel gives an insight into the life of the Vietnamese community in Lichtenberg and the work of Max Müller.
Interview with Christian von Scheve and Südwest Presse
In an interview with the Südwest Presse, sociologist Christian von Scheve (TP C04) talks about the Corona Pandemic. Is the age of the egoist dawning after the pandemic? No, says sociologist Christian von Scheve. His future scenario is quite different.
How long is "forever"?
How long is "forever"? –this special on ZDFneo investigates whether you can foresee how long a relationship will last and whether there is such a thing as eternal love. Our spokeswoman Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, cultural and social anthrolpologist, provided some answers.
Interview with Jürgen Brokoff at Deutschlandfunk
In this Jürgen Brokoff, head of project C04, talks about his study "Literatur und Bocksgesang", in which he looks at two heatedly debated essays from the early 90s to ask, why they were able to cause so much outrage.
Nach Corona: Ein Medizinethnologe erklärt, dass wir lernen müssen, mit Krisen zu leben
In an interview with DIE WELT, Hansjörg Dilger from the subproject C03 pleads for a serious discussion about how we want to live in a crisis-ridden world with Corona - instead of pretending that it all will stop at some point.
Diversität im Journalismus - Journalismus im Dialog
What about the diversity in German editorial offices? Do black / migrant / muslim lives really matter? Journalist Ferda Ataman from the New German Media Makers and Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg from TP B02 in the third edition of "Journalism in Dialog" by mbb.
Süßes Gefühl mit bitteren Folgen
Revenge is sweet, they say. In practice however, revenge is usually not a good idea. In the BR2 program "radioWissen", Fabian Bernhardt (TP05) gives an interview with Daniela Remus on this subject.
Der Zorn in uns
Fabian Bernhardt (project B05) published an article on fantasies of vegeance in the Philosophie Magazin, in which he discusses the difference between the self-image and the image of the other when it comes to longing for revenge.
Ein Richtungsstreit unter Sezessionisten
An article by Aletta Diefenbach and Tim Lörke (both project C04), published by FAZ, describes the struggle for interpretational sovereignity within the right-wing scene and the wrestle of the intellectual New Right with the loss of importance during the "Anti Corona measures"-demonstrations.
Der Fall Tönnies zeigt, warum wir über Scham sprechen sollten
In an interview with Bayerischer Rundfunk, sociologist Sighard Neckel explains the public constructions of avoiding shame using the meat manufacturer Tönnies as an example and explains what we can learn from our feelings of shame.
Zwischen Leichtsinn und Vorsicht Hamburg ist gespalten – in zwei Corona-Lager
Sighard Neckel, head of TP B06 and professor at the University of Hamburg in conversation with the Hamburger Morgenpost about the generation issue in dealing with corona measures and the new normal.
Le racisme, une histoire d'émotions ?
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, sociologist Yasemin Ural reports on the role of emotions in the perception of racism and in the dynamics of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jetzt steht eine Grundsatzfrage auf dem Spiel
Bilgin Ayata talks with Tobi Müller in the "Sonntagsgespräch" of the Deutsche Theater about the refugee situation in Europe during the pandemic.
Solidarität in der Krise: Warum die Suche nach Sündenböcken so schädlich ist
When an earthquake shatters a city, people tend to show solidarity. When an epidemic is going round, it seems that fear is swallowing people's empathy. Sighard Neckel, head of project B06, explains why in an interview with GEO.
"Natürlich löst das Ängste aus"
Hansjörg Dilger, head of project C03, gave Zeit Online an interview on the dealings of different cultures with diseases in general and the Coronavirus specifically.
Moralischer Universalismus in Zeiten politischer Regression
Aletta Diefenbach, research assistant at project C04, together with Claudia Czingon and Victor Kempf, conducted an interview with Jürgen Habermas, which was publushed in the Leviathan.
Trapattoni, Özdemir und jetzt Greta Thunberg: Wutreden - Gefühlsausbruch oder Rhetorik?
Jonas Bens, project A06, gave Radio Bremen an interview.
Der Siegeszug des Heimatbegriffs gefährdet die europäische Demokratie - ein Beitrag von Bilgin Ayata im Tagesspiegel
Everyone is talking about 'Heimat'. This plays into the hands of dictators like Erdogan - and obscures the real problem. Bilgin Ayata, Mercator-Fellow at the CRC, delivers the opening speech at the scientific conference of this years Herbstsalon at the Gorki Theater in Berlin. It was printed in the Tagesspiegel.
"'Heimat' is deeply engraved into our bodies"
An interview with Birgitt Röttger-Rössler on WDR 5's programme "Neugier genügt" on the 19th of April, 2018.
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„Neugier genügt – Redezeit“
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Elgen Sauerborn bei Deutschlandfunk Nova
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"Rache. Über einen blinden Fleck der Moderne"
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Uma Thurman als Racheengel in „Kill Bill“
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Der "Blaue-Reiter Pfosten", Ausstellung des Museum Fünf Kontinente in München
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TV Diskurs mit Margreth Lünenborg
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"Wie lange ist für immer?" auf ZDFneo
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Revenge: How do we cope with an affect that has been banned to the realm of the imaginary?
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Anti-Corona-Stimmung: Unter den rechten Gruppen schwelt ein Kampf um die Deutungshoheit.
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