The Nature of Man in the European and Atlantic Enlightenment(s)

The interdisciplinary study of the Göttingen and European Enlightenment(s) within its wider Atlantic and Global Contexts will be the focus of the first thematic group. Göttingen is strongly associated with the Enlightenment, not only with all the cultural and scientific riches of its German manifestations, but also, thanks amongst other to the Hanoverian connections, with the Enlightenment in England, Scotland and other European and Atlantic regions and countries.

Göttingen’s library holds one of Europe’s finest Enlightenment collections. The university itself was a stronghold of the development of modern social sciences. For the period January 2014 to July 2015 the research topic will be the study of „The Nature of Man in the European and Atlantic Enlightenment(s)”.

Göttingen Scholars working in the research area are:

Dr. Hans Erich Bödeker (formerly Max-Planck-Institute for History/the History of Science, Göttingen/Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Detering (Department of German Philology)

Prof. Dr. Ruth Florack (Department of German Philology)

Prof. Dr. Marian Füssel (Department of Medieval and Modern History)

Prof. Dr. Martin Gierl (Academy of Science)

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Glaser (Department of English Philology)

Dr. Thomas Habel (Academy of Science)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Heun (Institute of General Administrative Law and Political Sciences )

Prof. Dr. Karin Hoff (Department of Scandinavian Studies)

Prof. Dr. Manfred Jakubowski-Tiessen (Department of Medieval and Modern History)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann (Faculty of Theology)

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer (Department of German Philology)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Ludwig (Department of Philosophy)

Prof. Dr. Samuel Salzborn (Department for Political Science)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Schaff (Department of English Philology)

Prof. Dr. Michael Thimann (Department of History of Art)

Prof. Dr. Martin van Gelderen (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Waczkat (Department of Musicology)