(Extra)Ordinary Presence. Social Configurations and Cultural RepertoiresDer dritte Band (Extra)Ordinary Presence. Social Configurations and Cultural Repertoires erscheint im August in der Reihe des Graduiertenkollegs bei transcript. Der Band wird herausgegeben von Markus Gottwald, Kay Kirchmann und Heike Paul. Weiterführende Informationen finden sich auf der Verlagsseite.

About us

The research training group investigates culturally divergent forms and functions of presence and tacit knowledge, integrating cultural studies approaches to presence with social sciences approaches to tacit knowledge. The two concepts can only be properly understood, we argue, from a perspective that acknowledges that they are intrinsically linked, if not mutually dependent: tacit knowledge becomes most tangible in experiences of presence, while such experiences, in turn, tend to result in a surplus (or sedimentation) of tacit knowledge. Most importantly, both concepts and the phenomena they describe are understood to be culturally specific and are addressed with regard to intracultural distinction and (inter)cultural difference, at times in a comparative framework. Aspects of affect, power relations, and historicity play a large role in our endeavors.


Based on a long-term, successful cooperation among the participating scholars, our program is characterized by an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and professional training. Our doctoral researchers analyze phenomena of presence (in religion, the arts, politics, or society at large) that may not be explicated or explicable in everyday discourse as indicative of tacit knowledge in its widest sense. While some projects focus on intracultural phenomena, others engage in intercultural comparison. Combining theoretical inquiry and intercultural expertise, the research training group draws on and contributes to the well-established focus on critical area studies at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.