• Hybrid regimes of knowlegde: Blurring of boundaries between science and society

  • Sub-project B6 “Living Together with Separate Budgets: The Limits of Individualization in Couple Relationships"

  • Family biographies

  • Whitehead-Forschungsgruppe Augsburg:Zeit und Kosmologie

  • Integration from the Bottom – a new Challenge for industrial Production Prof. Dr. Fritz Böhle (Sozioökonomie der Arbeits- und Berufswelt)
    Integrunt is a joint project for developing an integrated modernisation concept which focuses on the preconditions and opportunities of a process-related dynamic integration from staff on low levels of hierarchy. In dynamic and flexible companies decentralization and planning ist not sufficiently: furthermore process-related communication and knowledge transfer between different hierarchical levels, which expires not seperately from current work processes but directly linked with them is necessary. The integrated modernisation concept is focussed on a cooperation of staff in current work processes, as well as the interplay between coordination in formal meetings and informal cooperation and communication.

  • Biologisation of the social or new forms of bio sociality? Prof. Dr. Christoph Lau (Soziologie)
    The behavioral practices of individuals living in modern societies are steered by the reference to distinctions like illness/health, therapy/enhancement, body/mind, natural/artificial; these concepts shape people's daily routines in fields like health, images of and the relationship with one's body as well as (health) education. However, it seems that current medicalization trends and related technological progress question these distinctions that are deeply embedded in our everyday routines. Hence, project A2 focuses on the shifting boundaries between health and illness, body and mind, therapy and enhancement, the natural and the artificial, or to put it more abstractly: between "nature" and "society". With an emphasis on the aspects of power, knowledge and inequality, our research focus is mostly dedicated to the discursive as well as to material forms and processses related to the above-mentioned boundary shift. Moreover, we examine their interaction with the emerging practices and interpretative frames that shape people's ordinary routines. Four case-studies (ADHS : attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome; aesthetic surgery; genetic diagnosis & anti-aging) have been selected to examine four distinctive – although interrelated – dynamics determining the processes of boundary shaping currently underway: i.e. medicalization, the pluralization of therapies, the "detemporalization" of illness and the enhancement of the human body. A central question is whether and why a possible "biologization of the social" (Paul Rabinow) – a trend many scholars recognize – might bring about new forms of power and domination as well as social inequality. Promoting and establishing norms for the "perfect body", unlimited performance, inconspicuous behavior (normalization) or potential genetic discrimination are just a few prominent examples of such developments. In contrast with the question of domination posed before, we will also be exploring whether or not boundary work processes may present options for new forms of bio-sociality, i.e. social communities and collective forms of interest articulation based upon a nature that is both culturally reflected and designed.

  • Economisation of knowledge? Prof. Dr. Christoph Lau (Soziologie)
    The project focuses on the new overlaps and intertwinements of scientifically and economically rational behaviors. There is some evidence that the distinction between established scientific and economic patterns of action, which was typical of modern processes of rationalization and differentiation, has become increasingly ambiguous. This seems not only true for the process of knowledge production (e.g. the increasing number of frauds in science – the most prominent among them being the Hwang Woo Suk case), but also pertains to the communication of results (e.g. an increase in studies that are designed with questionable criteria or are unaccountably secretive in terms of research results). Another case in point is the debate centered on the public accountability of scientific knowledge. Hence the empirical focus of the project is on three conflict prone dimensions: * the uses of knowledge (in conflicts over property rights in the fields of gene technology or software development); * the communication of knowledge (in terms of secrecy or a certain slackening of validity standards, e.g. in the field of bio-medicine); * increased public access to scientific research (e.g. patient associations or open-source networks). On the one hand, we focus on current public debates fuelled by the above-mentioned conflicts. On the other, we also tackle the shift towards new forms of boundary management between science and economics as institutional fields. This last aspect begs the question of how side effects can be regulated and future conflicts managed. Thus, our central concern is whether or not science has undergone a radical change in terms of its "social role" and whether it is motivated and steered by new imperatives.

  • Christian Peace Ethics – a Project of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Prof. Dr. Bernd Oberdorfer (Evangelische Theologie mit Schwerpunkt Systematische Theologie und theologische Gegenwartsfragen)
    The ecumenical project is based on the project “Protestant Peace Ethics” on which Prof. Dr. Oberdorfer, together with a student assistant, has been working since the beginning of 2004. It is funded by Type A-funding of Augsburg University. In this new and larger project a scientific assistant can be employed. Prof. Oberdorfer, who in 2005 returned from his research term at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, aims at maintaining and intensifying contacts in peace research, for example with the Lutheran World Federation, the Ecumenical Council of Churches, theological institutes for peace research in the USA, and on an interdisciplinary level with catholic theology, politology, sociology, European history of civilisation and communication science. An Initiative for Peace and Conflict Research (IFK) has existed at Augsburg University since 2001. It counts among its members scientists from all university faculties.

  • Politikformulierung durch Expertengremien Prof. Dr. Rainer-Olaf Schultze (Politikwissenschaft)
    Das Projekt umfasst drei mittlerweile abgeschlossene Dissertationsvorhaben, die sich vergleichend mit der Rolle politikberatender Institutionen bei der Formulierung, Gestaltung und Implementation von Politiken in ausgewählten Politikfeldern (u.a. Immigrations-, Gesundheits-, und Telekommunikationspolitik) befasst haben. Untersucht wurden hier vor allem die Bedingungen, unter denen politikberatende Institutionen in der Lage sind, die Reformfähigkeit zu verbessern. Zu diesem Projektbereich zugehörig ist ferner die für den Bertelsmann Reform Index 2007 beigesteuerte Expertise zu Kanada. Bereits erschienen:
    „Politikwandel durch Politikberatung? Die kanadische Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples und die Unabhängige Kommission "Zuwanderung" im Vergleich“ (Tanja Zinterer)
    „Gesundheitspolitik und Politikberatung. Eine vergleichende Analyse deutscher und kanadischer Erfahrungen“ (Falko Brede)

    „Unabhängige Regulierungsbehörden und Politikwandel. Eine Fallstudie am Beispiel der Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission“ i.E. (Dagmar Eberle)
    „Bertelsmann Reform Index (2007)“, Expertise Kanada (Prof. Dr. Rainer-Olaf Schultze)

  • Contributions towards the psychological research into early Christianity Prof. Dr. Petra von Gemünden (Evangelische Theologie mit Schwerpunkt Biblische Theologie)
    Early Christianity does not only reflect objective social structures but consists of subjective interpretations with the aid of predefined patterns of human conduct and experience. The project “Psychology of early Christianity” aims to explore the subjective aspect of early Christianity. The project deals with basic experiences (discrimination, suffering, death, etc), religious thought and language, as well as the ethic (envy, joy, conscience) of the first Christians.

  • Creativity in art lessons at primary schools Kooperationspartner für den Bereich Bildende Kunst: Prof. Dr. Constanze Kirchner (Kunstpädagogik)
    This study examines the entry requirements, the development of performance and personality of children with respect to their social background in the subjects German, mathematics and art. The aim of the study, which was started on 1 May, 2005 and will be conducted for 4 years, is to evaluate the success achieved at primary schools by means of a combined cross-sectional and longitudinal study. The study also examines so-called creativity schools which place their pedagogical emphasis on talent, intelligence and personality. Since features such as class composition, quality of lessons and teacher expertise are considered to be the most influential factors with respect to the success of schoolchildren, three video studies will be made to analyse whether differences between control and experimental classes can be proved. The longitudinal study will particularly look at the development of children who had unfavourable starting conditions. The project is based at the German Institute for International Pedagogical Research (DIPF, Frankfurt a. M.) and the University of Bamberg. One segment of it deals with the evaluation of art lessons. It has been developed, drafted and carried out by Prof Dr Constanze Kirchner (Augsburg University) and Prof Dr Georg Peez (University of Duisburg-Essen). Art lessons in 14 to 16 elementary school classes will be video-taped to show if and how creativity is encouraged by art classes and how this can be proved. We will analyse not only the video films but also the children’s products, notes and drawings. For the first time, the significance of art lessons in elementary schools encouraging the creative competencies of children will be acknowledged and evaluated by an extensive empirical study. Prof Dr Constanze Kirchner

  • Das Projekt „Intel® Lehren für die Zukunft – online trainieren und gemeinsam lernen“ – Evaluation und Qualitätsentwicklung Prof. Dr. Gabi Reinmann (Medienpädagogik)
    • Ein kompetenter Umgang mit den neuen Medien ist für Lehrende und Lernende in der Schule gleichermaßen ein „Muss“. Der Einsatz der neuen Medien in der Lehrerfortbildung – in Form von E-Learning und Blended Leraning – ist dann nur eine logische Konsequenz.
    • Nach der weltweiten Fortbildungsinitiative „Intel® Lehren für die Zukunft“ wird nun mit dem Aufbaukurs „Intel® Lehren für die Zukunft – online trainieren und gemeinsam lernen“ der Erfolg fortgesetzt (Internet:
    • Zugrunde liegt ein Blended-Learning-Konzept, in dem kooperative Präsenz- und Online-Phasen kombiniert werden. Zentral ist eine Lernplattform, die Anregung, Unterstützung und Austauschmöglichkeit für die Unterrichtsplanung bietet. Zusätzlich stehen ein Software-Paket und ein Handbuch zur Verfügung.
    • Ziele des Aufbaukurses sind: a) Stärkung von Methoden- und Medienkompetenz der Lehrenden. b) Förderung des Einsatzes offener Lernformen im Unterricht einschließlich Individualisierung und Differenzierung. c) Kooperatives Lernen, Aufbau von Teamfähigkeiten und Anpassung von Unterrichtsbeispielen an den eigenen Unterricht. d) Unterstützung von Schulentwicklungsprozessen.

  • Sexuality and religion Prof. Dr. G. Lämmermann (Evangelische Theologie mit Schwerpunkt Religionspädagogik und Didaktik des Religionsunterrichts)
    We are in the process of preparing a second phase with emphasis on: Firstly, a differentiated view of the sexual aspects in the five great religions of the world. Secondly, the psychological consequences of sexual hostility and methods of therapy. The project pertains to the research project “Cultural significance of protestantism” carried out by the Institute for Protestant Theology at the University of Augsburg”.

  • Ecclesiastical communication Prof. Dr. G. Lämmermann (Evangelische Theologie mit Schwerpunkt Religionspädagogik und Didaktik des Religionsunterrichts)
    Until the beginning of the 20th century religious sermons did not only have an ecclesiastical but also a general cultural and political function. However, the influence exerted by the Church on the public has drastically decreased due to the secularisation of society and the spread of mass communication. For this reason, religious broadcasts on radio and TV have been established. Since 1994 the TV-programme “Das Wort zum Sonntag” has become the epitome of religious communication. Until 1999 the programme largely imitated the classical sermon. Since 1999 programme makers have started to look for a new form and new content – which would be worth studying.