KWI – Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Intitut Essen, KWI)

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Project The Organisational History of the German Sociological Association

Principal Investigators: Prof. em. Dr. Hans-Georg Soeffner, Dr. Uwe Dörk
Associats: Maria Josefina Pequero Cubelo, Alexander Wierzock
Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Duration: 09/2016 – 12/2018

The project investigates the role that the DGS has played from when it was first set up in 1909 until 1989/90 in establishing a form of social knowledge that pursues objective, value-free insights over practical, ethical ones; moreover, it explores the structures that lay behind these developments. The researchers started from the hypothesis that a scholarly organization is a form that reacts to the problem of connectivity with this kind of theoretical, value-free scholarly social knowledge. The latter must assert its relevance not only for the “committed” knowledge of intellectuals, the Church, or mass media, but also for the practical knowledge of politics and the economy.