GRK 2041/1

The research training group ‘Romanticism as a Model’ is creating a new foundation for interdisciplinary and international research into the reception of Romanticism in Europe and across the Atlantic. Specifically, we account for the visibility of the terms ‘Romanticism’ and ‘Romantic’ as well as the remarkable persistence of the ideas and practices associated with them by assuming that ‘model creation processes’ have taken place since the foundation of early Romanticism in Jena around 1800. These processes continue to enable the productive adoption of Romantic modes of interpreting phenomena, creating art, reflecting on the self and experiencing the world. Using current model theories, we are shedding new light on the reception and ‘model effect’ of Romanticism in various cultural and national contexts, and at the interfaces between different social and epistemic areas. Among other things, these model theories provide a methodological framework for innovatively linking research in the humanities and social sciences. The research training group includes academics from a range of disciplines, including musicology, theology, history, computational linguistics, sociology and language studies (German, Romance-languages, and British and English studies).

The production of quality PhD theses is encouraged by a study programme that guarantees communication across the group while also supporting the development of autonomous research profiles. Courses in cultural journalism and municipal marketing along with practical training at writers’ retreats, foundations and museums all help PhD students to disseminate their ideas, ensure broad-based skills and prepare for careers both within and outside academia.

Funding for the group has been approved for the period 1 October 2015 to 31 March 2020 by the German Research Foundation. There are currently 14 PhD students studying in the group.

The second group of PhD students will take up work on October 10. At the moment there are 14 PhD positions announced.