5. Academic Culture and the Politics of Knowledge
The projects in the research field “Academic Culture and the Politics of Knoweldge” investigate the institutional conditions and practices of the production of knowledge. What factors organise the field of the production of ideas? What patterns of behaviour govern the politics of knowledge, and how are ideas and texts shaped by the practices, techniques and communication systems governing the development, processing, and distribution of knowledge? The individual projects take up these questions by looking at the political governance and self-image of the University of Halle during its early Enlightenment phase, by studying the varied practices of excerpting and their effects and evolutions from the early modern period up to the present day, as well as by investigating the mechanisms of dissemination of literature and knowledge in the eighteenth century and after. These projects are all connected by the overarching question of the role that the Enlightenment movement played as a political and scientific practice in the context of the transition of the republic of letters from traditional to modern.
Halle as Innovative University? Novelty and Innovation as Historical and as Historiographical Categories
Daniel Fulda, Andreas Pečar u.a.
The University of Halle is given a special place in the history of universities: Especially during its foundation phase around and after 1700, it is described as the place of origin of novelty.
Excerpting, Citing, Plagiarizing. Written Culture, Academic Practices and Authorship (16th–21st century)
Elisabeth Décultot, Christian Kuhlmann, Helmut Zedelmaier
This project investigates transformations in reading and writing with regard to the practices of excerpting, citing and plagiarizing from the early modern period up to the present day, across all of Europe. The C18th deserves particular attention here as a transitionary period and link between the humanistic tradition and the present day.
Book History, History of Printing and Circulation of Knowledge in the Enlightenment
The research project mainly intends to examine the specific mechanisms of the distribution of literature and knowledge in the 18th century and is connected to the currently highly active discussion about the materiality of literature and knowledge.
The Brandenburg-Prussian University Policy in the Early Phase of the University of Halle (1688–1740)
Andreas Pečar, Marianne Taatz-Jacobi
The basic question of the research project is: what "university policy" has the Prussian government pursued in the newly founded University of Halle in the first fifty years of its existence?