The Lichtenberg-Kolleg’s research profile is built on the attempts of the past years to focus on a set of main themes, or “umbrellas”. Currently, four research foci that represent strong interests of the Göttingen faculties are taken up by the Kolleg.
First, the interdisciplinary study of the Göttingen and European Enlightenment(s) within its wider Atlantic and Global Contexts has become a flagship of the Kolleg, named after one of the key figures of the Enlightenment, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799). Göttingen is not only associated with the Enlightenment’s German manifestations, but also with the Enlightenment of other European and Atlantic regions and countries.
The second research umbrella, namely the study of religion will remain a strong research focus of the Kolleg as the study of religion is rich and widespread amongst the Göttingen research campus. For the period 2017 to 2019 the research topic in this field will focus on Human Rights, Constitutional Politics and Religious Diversity.
Thirdly, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg and the Göttingen Academy of Science and Humanities established a research program in Modern Jewish Studies – Cultural, Intellectual and Literary History. This builds on the ongoing research project: The Diaries of Anne-Frank: Research, Translations and Editions.
Fourthly, further interdisciplinary inquiry revolves around the divers methods and subejct matters of European Intellectual History / History of Political Thought.
For each topic a specific research team will be set up, in close cooperation with Göttingen colleagues. The composition of each research group will be a mixture of Göttingen faculty, Senior Fellows, Mid-Career Fellows and Early Career Fellows – with a strong emphasis on the development of an Early Career Fellowship programme.