Research Forum

With the Research Forum, the WBKolleg provides open platforms for the scientific exchange between researchers at the faculty working on related topics. It is to be understood as a “Market Place of Ideas” with a laboratory atmosphere, a low level of institutionalization, and great voluntary commitment. Its aim is the development of innovative fields and the facilitation of “bottom-up” research.

Currently, there are seven research platforms:

Migration: Pooling expertise – providing impetus – setting basics since 2016

Auto-Bio-Graphy – Historiographic Perspectives on Ego Documents/Personal Testimonies in Literature and the Visual and Performative Arts since 2017

Silicon Mountains since 2019

EthnoKino since 2020

Mediating the Ecological Imperative: Formats and Modes of Engagement since 2020

The long-term effects of industrial palm oil production on population and environment in tropical regions of Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia since 2020

Urbane und rurale Räume: ein transphilologischer Dialog since 2020 (only in German, please switch language)

Former platforms:

The Latin Flavius Josephus in his Christian an Jewish Perception: Existing from 2016 until 2019, the platform was rewarded a Sinergia grant from the SNSF in 2018. Information about the new project “Lege Iosephum!” Reading Josephus in the Latin Middle Ages can be found at or

Original – Copy: Techniques and Aesthetics of Reproduction (2016-2019)

Visualizing 'Diversity' in Higher Education: Looking Beyond the Image (2017-2019)