Research Center (IGK)
: International Students
International Research Center (IGK) conducts research into work with
a special focus on work as a concept and on its performativity.
- Although the end of the work society has occasionally been proclaimed
in western industrial societies, it takes nothing more than a glimpse
at these societies to realise that this claim is simply based on a
narrow definition of work as wage labour.
- Trans-cultural perspectives
and definitions that go beyond purely instrumental descriptions of
the concept of work confirm its high social, cultural and economic
value as well as the large variety of categories with which it is
possible to approach the subject.
at the IGK is based on a comparative, interdisciplinary perspective
which is deployed as a means of studying the ways in which different
societies throughout the world at different times have embodied the
term ‘work’ with meaning; and how different concepts of work are
linked to each other by the various ways in which the actual
performance of work is expressed.
- The conceptual discourse on what
can meaningfully meant by ‘work’ and the meanings which are
embodied within the concept of work itself are central to research at
- These aspects first need to be clarified before any robust
statements with regards to history, social theory or interpretations
of the present can be made.
- In addition, the IGK deploys a global and
far-reaching chronological perspective to study the diversity of
industrial and non-industrial, as well as capitalist and
international research center „IGK Work and Human Lifecycle in
Global History“ invites scholars to apply for 10 to 15
international research fellowships for the 2013–2014 academic year.
deadline: 31 August 2012.
applications sent in after that date cannot be considered.
information , Please visit
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