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The research training group 1599 has run out in September 2016.
We would like to thank the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) for their funding over 5,5 years, as well as all our cooperating partners, visiting researchers and friends of the project for their lively, fruitful and excellent cooperation.
At our research training group, which was located both at the University of Kassel and the University of Göttingen, doctoral students from different academic fields examined the interrelation of space and gender in areas covering the social studies, humanities, and cultural sciences. As fellows, they carried out research projects and took part in structured doctoral programmes that included an intensive interchange with international guest researchers. During the first funding period of the research training group, material culture emerged as a key topic in all projects, and developed increasingly as a central theme in the research taking place.
The research training group had an interdisciplinary orientation in its methods and constitution. Research areas concerned with space, gender and materiality were examined according to different perspectives and from different subject disciplines – an approach that fostered a better understanding of complex issues and an interdisciplinary exchange. This further stimulated innovative research methods. In addition to historical and literary sciences, theology, sociology, cultural anthropology, ethics and the history of medicine, additional disciplines were represented, that are to a large extent interdisciplinary in their composition.
In examining topics such as space, we were interested in global, as well as local interrelations. This research focal area was reflected in associated disciplines such as Ethnology, Arabic studies, and Ibero-roman and Ibero-american Romanism. Gender was a multidisciplinary research interest of participating researchers that played a central role in all doctoral projects. We interpreted gender not as an isolated category but instead applied an intersectional research perspective in order to analyze the interrelations of gender with other social and cultural categories.
The reciprocal relationship of space and gender we understood as a process that has to be viewed in the context of different time periods and cultures, in its historical and current development. In order to achieve an interdisciplinary approach, there were three professorships for the classical periods (History of the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries), that were involved in the work of the research training group, in addition to other professorships working in historical analyses, including Arabistic and Islamic studies, English with an emphasis on postcolonial studies, ethics and the history of medicine, German philology with an emphasis on literature and the culture of the early modern period.
The research training group supervised not only fully financed doctoral students but also associated members, that took part in the programmes activities and who were supported in writing their doctoral theses.