Drawing on the practice turn in cultural theory, media theory and curriculum research, this research group develops an innovative approach which opens up "memory practices" as a substantive field of inquiry. By exploring how memory is enacted, the project promises to make a valuable contribution to ongoing international debates on the shaping of collective memory. The research group combines ethnographic, interview and survey approaches to explore (1) relationships among policy curricula (e.g. federal curricula), programmatic curricula (e.g. textbooks) and enacted curricula (e.g. classroom practice), and (2) interactions among official forms of remembering, other mediations of memory and family memory.
We want to establish a new research group which introduces the methods and conceptual perspectives of ethnology/social and cultural anthropology into the work of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. With their inductive approach to “other“ life-worlds and rationales and the typical focus being laid on social and cultural micro-dynamics, the ethnographic disciplines provide valuable empirical knowledge of the everyday effects of globalisation processes and promise to help determine context specific conflict solutions.
For a start, the focus of the research group is set on the ways in which globalised norms of security sector governance are received in different countries. Security Sector Reform programs have come to divert from state-centred notions of institutional reforms, and are instead placed increasingly in multi-sectored approaches with the aims of improving the delivery of security and justice, establishing effective and accountable forms of governance, and thereby contributing to development in a wide sense. However, the perceptions, interests, needs, and capabilities differ between the various stakeholders involved. The project therefore studies SSR related interactions in different settings from bottom-up and maps out the conceptualizations of security that dominate in the relevant fields of the reform discourses.
We will use cosmological hydrodynamical simulations to study the origin of the stellar components in galaxies, namely thin and thick disks, bulges, bars and stellar halos. These components are believed to have formed at different times and on different time-scales, which is reflected in their very diverse observed kinematics, structure and chemistry. The code follows the build-up of galaxies in a cosmological framework, including treatments for star formation, supernova feedback and chemical enrichment. We will use our code to systematically study the formation of the stellar components in galaxies and its relation to structure formation on the largest scales.
We intend to establish a Centre for Advanced Solar Spectro-polarimetric Data Analysis (CASSDA) within the framework of the Leibniz-Institut for Solar Physics (KIS) Spectro-polarimetry department. The steady improvement of the observational capabilities leads to the need of expert scientists who are able to link the post-focus-instrumentation, the data analysis tools and the interpretation of the data, and to provide feedback between these disciplines. The idea driving CASSDA is to create a collaborative group of researchers led by the applicant, specialised in the frame of the analysis of solar spectro-polarimetric data, and to provide to the solar physics community with the most accurate datasets from the German solar observatories.