Society and Culture in Motion
Diffusion – Experiment – Institution
Matthias Kaufmann - Em defesa dos direitos humanos: Considerações históricas e de princípio (São Leopoldo, RS: UNISINO 2013)
Matthias Kaufmann reconstrói nesta obra de raro rigor e erudição a trajetória conceitual dos direitos humanos no pensamento social e político desde o século XII, apresentando suas teses sobre questões contemporâneas cruciais em debate com os mais influentes pensadores... [Link to the publisher's page ]
The research cluster (RC) and graduate school “Society and Culture in Motion” (SCM) emerged out of the graduate center „Asia and Africa in Global Reference Systems“ in 2008. Since that time the research cluster has evolved from the initially represented regional studies into the systematic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences as well as their global networking. SCM is now the research focal point of three university faculties. Here, the social sciences, humanities, law, as well as economy and regional studies come together in a fruitful exchange and jointly develop inter- and trans-disciplinary applications for research projects. Formative for the RC is the fact that it is a joint endeavor with the MPI for ethnological research.
At the center of the research is the analysis of movement – and thus also the persistence – of people, ideas, artifacts and models in both international contemporary and historical contexts. Movement as the diffusion of elements of epistemic, ontological, normative, and material orders are investigated with respect to their meaning for changing social figurations. People translate circulating elements in their own contexts, experiment with them, and in some cases even contribute to the creation or emergence of new institutions.
The graduate school serves to cultivate excellent young researchers. It is oriented toward the increasing demand both for regional specific expertise and the development of interculturally linked perspectives. The individual perspectives of the participating subjects have come together to form shared interdisciplinary research interests. Methodologically philological, cultural-historic, philosophical, and historical subjects work hand in hand with disciplines, which work in a social scientific empirical manner. The respective research projects are integrated into the field of tension encompassing regionally oriented competencies and worldwide interconnected idea complexes. As such, both the research cluster and graduate school take into consideration the growing internationalization of scientific discourses and intend to actively contribution to this process of internationalization.