Collaborative Research Study Centre (SFB) ‘Practices of Comparing’ extended


IMAGE: SFB representative Teacher Dr Angelika Epple, Bielefeld University ‘Contrasts are common – in the SFB we are examining how the world modifications when we compare.’
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Credit: Picture: Bielefeld University/S. Jonek

The German Research Study Structure (DFG) is moneying Bielefeld University’s Collaborative Research study Centre ‘Practices of comparing: buying and altering the world’ (SFB 1288) for another 4 years since January 2021. On Friday, 27 November, the DFG revealed that it will be extending the interdisciplinary research study network for an extra duration.

11.9 million euros have actually been authorized for the 2nd financing duration. This is a fantastic success which acknowledges the work of the SFB members over the previous 4 years,’ states Teacher Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Rector of Bielefeld University.

The SFB, which was established in January 2017, is studying the traditionally variable practices of comparing. ‘The significance of the Collaborative Research study Centre’s work has actually ended up being really clear in current months,’ states Sagerer. ‘After all, anybody who has actually been following the conversations about the Covid 19 pandemic and the United States elections understands how common contrasts remain in the general public arena.’

Making contrasts is a daily practice and similarly a clinical technique in nearly all disciplines. Comparing is by no indicates an innocent or perhaps neutral activity. ‘When comparing, we expose what typically stays surprise, however this is what makes comparing an extremely interesting, efficient, and often harmful activity,’ states SFB representative Teacher Dr Angelika Epple. ‘We evaluate what stars do when they make items similar and put them in a relative, typically evaluative relationship. Our spectrum varies from the research study of racist relative practices to relative practices at the Nobel Reward award event by the Swedish Academy, from antiquity to today.’

The SFB 1288 is an interdisciplinary research study network of about 50 scientists from the fields of history, German research studies, art history, Love research studies, viewpoint, law, government and inter-American research studies. The long-lasting research study objective is to make the practices of contrast specifically describable, along with the buying and altering power of contrast, however likewise the different barriers that make contrasts hard.

With the approval of the DFG, research study can now be carried out at Bielefeld University for an additional 4 years on the subject of ‘Practices of comparing’. ‘In the brand-new financing stage, we would likewise like to start a brand-new method of considering history, societies, and historic modification with our research study and therefore continue what we have actually been doing because 2017,’ states Epple. ‘Our objective is to produce awareness for the truth that the practice of comparing is just apparently unbiased or innocent. After all, on what basis do we make our relative worth judgements? How neutral can contrast truly be?’

4 Collaborative Research Study Centres at Bielefeld University

.(* )The extension of the SFB ‘Practices of comparing: buying and altering the world’ indicates that there are now still 4 Collaborative Research study Centres at Bielefeld University. SFB 1283 is taking a look at possibility from a mathematical viewpoint. The physicists in the Transregional Collaborative Research Study Centre (SFB-TRR) 211 are studying the interactions of matter under severe conditions (partnership with the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Technical University of Darmstadt). The SFB/TRR 212 is taking a look at why animals each select their own distinct specific niche in the community.

Collaborative Research Study Centres (SFBs) are long-lasting research study centers at universities in which academics work together as part of an interdisciplinary research study program. They are funded by the DFG and allow difficult, complicated, and long-lasting research study jobs to be performed. Preferably, financing will run for twelve years, with a financing duration lasting 4 years.


More details: .(* )DFG news release on the extension of the Collaborative Research Study Centre:


Site of the SFB 1288: .

Podcast (in German)” Praktisch Theoretisch” on the work of the SFB:

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