Welcome to the website of the DFG Research Training Group 2227 “Identity and Heritage”. The Research Training Group is a joint institution of the Technical University Berlin and the BauhausUniversity Weimar. The Berlin University of the Arts, the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Dessau and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt are partners 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.


Poster der Ringvorlesung 2022

Lecture series in summer 2022

The conflicts concerning cultural heritage in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia are in the focus of this lecture series. The politics of history around architectures, monuments, urban planning and archives in the region of former Yugoslavia are shaped by the memories of the socialist heritage, its national prehistories and the interventions of NATO in the 1990s.
Furthermore, our guests will talk about the technologies of knowledge tradition, Congo's colonial past, the memory of the Holocaust in social media and the appropriation of history in re-enactments. All lectures are open to the public.

Find more information about our guests and the lecture topics.


Application procedure 2022

On 1 October 2022 the third cohort will begin its work at the Berlin and Weimar locations. We received applications on contemporary issues in cultural heritage research from Iran, Iraq, Honduras, India, Sweden, Spain, Malta, Mexico, China, Colombia, Peru, Austria, Turkey, Syria, USA, Malta, Finland, Kosovo, Italy, Poland, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Germany. We are delighted about the international interest in our college and the exciting research topics. We thank all applicants!