Central Institutes and Interdisciplinary Centres

Central Institutes

The following central institutes of FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg have a strong professional and / or personal reference to the Faculty Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology:

Interdisciplinary centres

Numerous interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the humanities and social sciences:

IZ Digital is committed to the promotion of digital humanities and social sciences. This is done in particular by supporting and conducting joint events and projects in the fields of research, teaching and further education. IZ Digital cooperates with relevant institutions in the region as well as with national and international institutions. A central concern of the centre is the promotion of young scientists in the field of digital humanities and social sciences.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Engineering

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Digitale Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften

The IZPH is a long-term voluntary association in which multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary insights from the health sciences, economic, social and social sciences and technology are brought together systematically. It unites the most important ‘stakeholders’ of health care under its umbrella.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Public Health

IMZ sees itself as an alliance of all media-related subjects and study courses at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg: book science, Christian journalism, Christian and Classical archeology, communication science, art history, multimediadidactics and theatre and media sciences as well as subjects in which, due to the increasing relevance of media for questions of knowledge communication and didactics, there is an interest in the integration of mediality into aspects of research and teaching, such as English, German and historical studies. At hardly any other German university, media-related institutes and study courses are represented in this broad range. Media-related studies are now one of the most widely frequented at the FAU, so that a wide cooperation in research and teaching within the framework of the IMZ also provides urgently needed impulses for questions of academic training in this still booming sector. The underlying concept of media is deliberately not limited to the technology-based media and therefore also provides a wide range of connectivity options in diachronic terms.

The joint work in the IMZ serves the systematic and didactic exchange in a media-comparative perspective, the planning and carrying out of joint research projects and events as well as the cooperation in the study offer and in the promotion of scientific advancement. The IMZ explicitly promotes its own interdisciplinary research initiatives and integrates this into joint research activities. The members of the IMZ are also involved in the internal and external initiatives of the FAU, as well as in cooperation with local and regional media and cultural institutions and their events.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

Interdisziplinäres Medienwissenschaftliches Zentrum

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Islamische Religionslehre

ICA was founded in order to strengthen the interdisciplinary cooperation within the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in the field of aging research, thus improving political counselling and the targeted representation of the concerns of the elderly in the public. The objectives of ICA are:

  • The initiation of new research projects with gerontological relevance
  • The implementation of relevant research results into practice and the public
  • The promotion of cooperation with other relevant national and international organisations
  • An institutionalisation of research co-operation and research projects at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in cooperation with corresponding regional gerontological institutions and other universities and research institutes.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering

Interdisziplinäres Centrum für Alternsforschung

The objective and task of the IZD are to promote research and teaching in the areas of dialectology, language variation and language research. One of the focal points of the IZD is the regular exchange of experiences between the linguists at FAU in the fields of dialectology, variation linguistics and research in the evolution of language.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Engineering

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Dialekte und Sprachvariation

The Interdisciplinary Centre Gender – Difference – Diversity (IZGDD) is designed to combine and advance existing research interests of participating disciplines. Its main objective is to

•    join together gender-, difference- and diversity-related interests, activities and expertise,
•    promote interdisciplinary cooperation,
•    identify and explore relevant fields of research and
•    develop a suitable methodology for their exploration.

Research combines the (primarily) analytical approaches of historical, literary and sociological disciplines with more application-oriented methods, e.g. in the legal or medical field.

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Gender Differenz Diversität

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Lexicography, Valency and Collocation aims to link and coordinate research carried out in different departments of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen/Nürnberg. It focuses on the description and analysis of words in larger linguistic chunks such as multi-word lexical units or grammatical units.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering

Interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Lexicography, Valency and Collocation

The aim of the IZEMIR is to coordinate and promote the Middle Ages and Renaissance studies in Erlangen, which traditionally form part of the university’s main focus.Erlangen Medieval Studies are characterized by a wide range of subjects, including English Studies, Christian Archeology, German Studies, History, Medieval History, Oriental Studies, Medieval History, Neologism, Philosophy, Romance Studies and Theology. IZEMIR focuses on the European culture of the Middle Ages as a process and identity-creating interaction.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Europäische Mittelalter- und Renaissancestudien

IZÄB aims to raise the aesthetic dimension of education as an object of research and teaching. Through joint projects, the possibilities of aesthetic education are to be explored as specific modes of world reception, of dealing with others and of personality development. To this end, processes of aesthetic perception, design and aesthetic judgment are examined in cooperation between different faculties of different faculties. Particular attention is given to the promotion of aesthetic education in practice.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Medicine

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Ästhetische Bildung

IZG brings together the various research initiatives at the faculty, which deal with contemporary literature and culture. Interfaces can be found in almost all areas of the faculty: German Studies, Romance Studies, Slavic Studies, Islamic Studies, Sinology or Theatre and Media Studies, just to name a few.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

IZ Literatur und Kultur der Gegenwart

The Labor and Socio-Economic Research Centre (LASER) is an interdisciplinary centre composed of a variety of departments within the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg as well as from research institutions outside of the university. Its mission is to design and to promote common research, teaching, and consulting projects. LASER is a joint initiative of the University and the Institute for Employment Research at Nuremberg. Its website offers information about research projects, teaching activities, publications, and other activities.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law

Labor and Socio-Economic Research Centre

The task of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Edition Philology (IZED) is the interdisciplinary coordination and organisation of research, teaching and further education in the area of editorial studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg with a special profile through the close relation between the publication projects of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology on the one hand and the Department of Computer Science on the other. IZED also promotes cooperation with relevant institutions in the region as well as with national and international institutions.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Engineering

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Editionswissenschaften

The Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) combines researchers from various faculties and disciplines at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). Research at CHREN concerns theoretical and practical topics related to the regional, national and international development of a culture of human rights. The members of CHREN offer advise for institutions, authorities and political bodies at international, inter-state, federal, state and municipal level as well as organisations of the civil society and the economy.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, School of Law, Faculty of Medicine

Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg

With the founding of the Centre for Euro-Oriental Studies (CEOS), FAU bundles the forces of its traditionally strong oriental and Islamic disciplines. The goal is to strengthen Erlangen’s contribution to Near East research with an innovative research approach.

The CEOS unites cross-faculty experts from the Near East and Islam research in the fields of humanities and cultural sciences, medication history, law and economics, social sciences and theologies.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Sciences, School of Law

Centre for Euro-Oriental Studies

The interdisciplinary research-centre ELINAS aims at creating an institutionalized infrastructure for research, dedicated to the reciprocal transfer of knowledge between physics and literature. The centre is concerned with the importance of language and metaphors in physical research as well as with discursive and narrative modulations of scientific theories in literary texts.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Sciences

ELINAS

The Centre was founded in May 2015 by a core group of scientists across the three Faculties of Natural Sciences, Medicine and Engineering with the mission to create a platform for scientific exchange and graduate and post-graduate education around the field of biological, biomedical and technology-related research related to skeletal and heart muscle. MURCE combines expertise in musculoskeletal research, cardiac research, developmental biology and aging of the movement apparatus (“healthy aging”) and translational aspects of biomechanics from cellular to organ and organism level in the fields of life sciences, Medicine, science and technology.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering

MURCE

Whether it is the energy industry or the topic of industry 4.0: In order to deal with complex societal issues, we need the expertise of different disciplines as well as the combination of specialist expertise and problem-solving solutions. FAU’s Centre for Management, Technology and Society (CMTS) provides a platform for such an exchange at the thematic interface of business, technology and society.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law, Faculty of Engineering

CMTS

The Centre for Iraq Studies (CIS) was inaugurated in 2009 in order to provide the administrative capacities and technical facilities necessary to accomplish the goals of the academic exchange and cooperation projects of the FAU with Iraqi universities. The Centre is equipped with the human resources and infrastructure necessary to initiate and manage joint research projects between German and Iraqi academics. It provides for the development of new research proposals, the acquisition of financing from third-party funding bodies and the organisation of symposia, workshops and conferences. The Centre also serves as a host institution and meeting place for academics from Iraqi and German universities and last but not least functions as an initial point of contact and source of advice for businesses, associations and media organisations from both countries. CIS is funded by DAAD.

Participating faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

CIS