The Research Unit »Politics« focuses on the modern political history of the Jews. The horizon of problems it centers on extends from questions of the pre-modern corporate estate-based society, at whose demise the legal status of the Jews was renegotiated, to the history of the impact of the Holocaust, reverberating on down into the present. Exemplified in the history of the Jews, concrete questions of belonging, migration and political organization are investigated, as well as the historical changes in former expectations of modernity. Approaches based on the theory of memory are employed, along with a range of methodological perspectives grounded on the sociology of culture, social history and the history of everyday life.
Head: PD Dr. Jan Gerber