Welcome to the website of the DFG Research Training Group 2227 “Identity and Heritage”. The Research Training Group is a joint institution of the Bauhaus University Weimar, the Technical University Berlin, the Hochschule Anhalt Dessau (University of Applied Sciences) and the Fachhochschule Erfurt (University of Applied Sciences). The Universität der Künste Berlin is a partner of the Research Training Group.

The Research Training Group offers 14 doctoral students and up to 8 associated students funded by third parties the opportunity to do their doctorate in an outstanding and unique interdisciplinary environment, under the joint supervision of researchers from Berlin, Weimar, Dessau and Erfurt as well as the support by important cooperation partners. The team also includes a post-doctoral researcher, who primarily strengthens the sociological focus of the research programme.

This research training group seeks to promote the critical study of constructions of identity and heritage based on architectural structures, historical sites, and other, primarily material, cultural legacies. Interdisciplinary analyses in cultural theory are combined in the research training group with the close observation and interpretation of the form and material constitution of the respective objects. The goal of research is to strengthen theoretical points of access to a democratic understanding of cultural heritage.

The subjects involved are Architecture, Sociology of Planning and Architecture, Archival and Literary Studies, Conservation and History of Architecture, European Cities and Urban Heritage, History, Cultural Studies, History of Art, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Planning Theory and History of Urbanism.