Project area E focuses on the relationship between diagnoses and the practice of coping with threats to social orders. On the one hand, this project area investigates how diagnoses of a threat can be incrementally translated into coping practices (operationalization). On the other hand, it seeks to analyze how experiences that arise during the process of operationalization impact the diagnoses themselves. The goal of component project E is to develop generalizable patterns, mechanisms, practice logics, and criteria to create a typology of Threatened Orders.
Principal investigator: Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Project E01 examines the relationship between threat diagnoses and coping practices based on the history of the Eastern Roman imperial elite during the reign of Emperor Justinian (527–565 AD). Starting from the hypothesis that the threat to the Eastern Roman imperial elite was an unintended consequence of imperial action, the first goal of the project is to more clearly identify the protagonists, scope and relevance of the threat diagnosis. Based on this, questions are then addressed about the effects of the subsequent coping practices on the hierarchy and status order. The project pays particular attention to the synchronous interdependence between the status order and the re-ordering of the monarchy that took place under Justinian.
Principal investigators: Lisa Pilar Eberle, Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Project E02 analyses the interdependence between a war-related shortage of men in the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. which led to a threat to the established order in rural areas of the Roman Empire, and the re-ordering of gender orders that occurred at the same time. In this context, particular attention is paid to the question of how the coping practices – which initially focused on the threat diagnosis of the absence of men (e.g. as heads of families) – affected the social position of women.
Principal investigators: Renate Dürr, Daniel Menning
Project E04 investigates the threat diagnosis related to the stock market crash that occurred in the second half of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the subsequent coping practices that were implemented. Special attention is paid to the relevance of diachronic interdependencies. In concrete terms, the objective is to examine how knowledge about hyper-speculation and price crashes that had been accumulated to that point influenced threat diagnoses and coping practices in the context of stock market crashes. The project thus applies the threatened orders model to achieve a better understanding of the re-ordering that occurred in the financial and economic system of order in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Principal investigator: Boris Nieswand
Project E06 investigates how synchronous interdependencies are established through threat diagnoses in unequal and ethnically heterogeneous urban districts, and what effects such interdependencies have on the re-ordering of the urban districts and their populations. Of particular interest is the question of how specific topoi of threat influence coping practices. In this context, the study focuses on demarcation and hierarchization as modes of creating synchronous interdependencies between urban districts and their populations.
Project area F investigates the influence that processes of mobilization can have on the relationship between diagnoses and practices of coping. Research focuses on the question of how actors, groups and societies are mobilized, with a particular emphasis given to the influence of power and agency on the process of mobilization.
Principal investigator: Mischa Meier
Project F01 aims to operationalise the paradigm of transformation based on an exemplary object of investigation. To this end, a diachronic analysis of the late Roman monarchy/monarchies in the period from the 5th to the 7th century is planned that will focus on specific phases of threat and re-ordering. This project will thus demonstrate the analytical potential of the CRC approach, especially with regards to questions concerning the conceptualization of epochal transitions.
Principal investigators: Anette Grabowsky, Steffen Patzold
Following preliminary work on the years around 1100 and 900, Project F02 will continue its analyses of the diachronic succession of restructuring processes in the context of the transformation of the Carolingian order. The project will now look at a period around 1000 that has already been discussed for some time under keywords such as “mutation” and “révolution féodale”, and which is said to have brought about dramatic changes in the entire system of order in Western and Central Europe. This period will be re-examined with the help of CRC concepts, and the analysis will provide a new perspective on an innovative model of the transformation of the Carolingian world and the emergence of the Latin-European Middle Ages from about 900 to 1100.
Principal investigators: Andreas Holzem, Klaus Ridder
Project F03 examines the relationship between religiously influenced threat communication and social order in a diachronic comparative study using three exemplary constellations that span different epochs. We ask questions about the connections between threat communication and a loss of trust in religious and political authorities, about the relevance of threat scenarios as possible indicators of social change, about communicative strategies of mobilization using threat scenarios, and about imagined forms of re-ordering.
Principal invesitgators: Renate Dürr, Philipp Hahn
Project F04 examines Spanish colonial rule in the 17th century as a threatened system of order from a diachronic perspective based on the example of the four Sangley revolts in the Philippines (1603, 1639, 1662, 1686). On the one hand, questions will be asked as to how the Spanish administration succeeded in mobilizing very different groups for its campaign against the Chinese-origin Sangleys, how colonial rule in Manila changed as a result of relevant threat communication, and about the re-ordering processes that were established based on such communication. On the other hand, the project will analyse the role that translation processes played in the maintenance of long-distance rule with respect to the global dimension of threat communication.
Principal investigators: Jochen von Bernstorff, Andreas Hasenclever
Project F07 examines diplomatic and international legal strategies for stabilizing national sovereignty claims in the United Nations system. Among other things, the project examines whether the inclusion of civil society actors in negotiation and decision-making processes serves rather to contain transnational demands of civil society actors and to co-opt them, or whether it is part of a deepening of global governance and thus of the re-hierarchization of political spaces. The project focuses on the policy field of "security" and international arms control initiatives within the framework of the United Nations system in order to draw possible conclusions about the overarching conflict of order on the basis of these examples.
Principal investigator: Monique Scheer
Project F08 takes a diachronic approach to the self-image and identity narrative of German society as a threatened system of order in the aftermath of the “refugee crisis”. The project analyses how actors in refugee aid programs have dealt with the threats of nationalism and racism. In particular, it focuses on the interplay between protests and aid projects as places of mobilization, on the operationalization of the ideal of solidarity in everyday life, and on the effects of experiences of success and failure on re-ordering.
Principal investigator: Jan Eckel
Project F09 addresses the emergence of the globalization discourse during the 1990s and early 2000s and takes a synchronous perspective to explore the question of how the discourse and its inherent notions of threatened orders shaped contemporary political perceptions and action in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany. The project focuses on the expansion of free trade promoted by the Clinton government and the World Trade Organization and opposed by the ‘anti-globalization movement’, as well as the reforms of social and labour market policies in both Great Britain and Germany.
Project area G deals with the interplay between reflections, diagnoses, and coping practices, and investigates the importance of identity in re-ordering. Diagnoses and coping practices impact the self-perception of actors regarding their systems of order. Accordingly this component project addresses questions of self-perception and self-reflection in different systems of order. Its goal is to identify unique elements among them as well as patterns of explanation, conceptions of order and reflexive strategies of re-ordering.
Principal investigators: Volker Henning Drecoll, Irmgard Männlein-Robert
Project G01 investigates the reciprocal threat and threat perception of two systems of order during the period of the Constantinian shift. Platonism and Christianity – previously examined in the first two funding periods using other sources – will be reconceptualised as holistic systems of order regarding the world, knowledge, and life, and the competition between these two systems will be analysed by focusing on the intellectuals Porphyrios and Eusebios as actors with far-reaching perceptions of threat.
Principal investigator: Sigrid Hirbodian
Project G02 deals with the increasing threat communication in spiritual women's communities since the middle of the 18th century. The project involves surveying groups of women from different social and religious orders about the transformation of older concepts of order and about updating older forms of threat communication.
Principal investigator: Reinhard Johler
Project G03 investigates the history of “hybridism”, a category of order first described by Austro-Hungarian researchers at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries using Istria as a model case (as described in the 2nd period of funding). In the wake of the threatening disintegration of Yugoslavia, the regional order of the multilingual and multicultural peninsula has been redefined several times with reference to older experiences. Project G03 will develop a genealogy of hybridity based on the lessons of the Istrian laboratory.
Principal investigator: Ewald Frie
In the second funding period, Project G04 addressed the reinvention of the settler colonies Australia, New Zealand and Canada as nation states following the end of the British Empire. The project now turns to the conflict-laden implementation of the re-ordering in the late 1970s, when the oil crisis, the Vietnam war, and experiences with globalization seemed to deny the hopeful nation states the self-images that had been constructed in the early 1970s.
Principal investigators: Henning Tümmers, Urban Wiesing
After dealing with AIDS (1st funding period) and antibiotic resistances (2nd funding period), Project G05 will use the third period of funding to investigate the Ebola epidemic from 2013-2016, an episode that represented a much more dramatic and more contemporary threat to medical order, particularly with regards to threat communication and time constraints. On the basis of a comparative threat analysis, the project will develop parameters for stability and change in the medical order in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Principal investigators: Astrid Franke, Nicole Hirschfelder
In the third funding period, Project G06 will continue to focus on the racial order in the U.S. by looking at imagined alternative orders in fiction and utopian communities. These visions testify to the resistance to the existing order that can inform future mobilization and threat; they also fuel continuing attempts of re-ordering by keeping up the promise of a better order.
Principal investigators: Bernd Grewe, Barbara Hanke, Reinhard Johler
Project Ö further advances the historization of crisis diagnoses – one of the CRC’s long-term goals – by anchoring the concept of transfer in the research design and research practices of the subprojects and of the CRC as a whole. In the third funding period, Project Ö will work with CRC collaborators to develop a global exhibition to be held at twelve locations worldwide, and which will integrate and expand on the existing virtual exhibition. In addition, the project is developing a digital learning platform for teachers and students that transfers the CRC model to classrooms teaching history. Finally, the project will continue to ensure intensive interaction both within and outside of the research group through innovative formats as well as classical public relations work.