Start of a New Graduate School in Cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Historians Investigate Changes in the Moral Economies of Modern Societies

№ 358/2013 from Nov 21, 2013

An inauguration ceremony marked the start of the PhD program of the IMPRS Moral Economies on Wednesday evening at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. The first cohort of six PhD students joined the International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies (IMPRS Moral Economies) this fall. The research school is a joint international PhD program in History in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin. The IMPRS Moral Economies offers six PhD scholarships per year to qualified applicants from Germany and abroad. The current call for applications ends on December 1st, 2013.

The IMPRS Moral Economies offers a structured four-year PhD program for projects researching the values, emotions, and habits that inform and inspire social formations. The focus lies on moral economies that emerged from the 18th to the 20th century in Europe, North America, and South Asia.

The research school’s program is rounded out by international summer schools and workshops. Ute Frevert, spokeswoman for the IMPRS Moral Economies and Director of the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, states, “We aim to foster a group of inquisitive and enthusiastic researchers in order to help prepare them for a career in the international research community. We thus provide a stimulating and supportive environment for PhD students with excellent conditions for peer learning and a close professor-student relationship – all in Berlin, a city renowned for its productive intellectual climate and vibrant cultural scene.”

Faculty of the IMPRS Moral Economies

  • Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert and Prof. Dr. Margrit Pernau, MPI for Human Development, Center for the History of Emotions
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad and Prof. Dr. Paul Nolte, Freie Universität Berlin, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Friedrich Meinecke Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Aschmann and Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of History
  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Technische Universität Berlin, Center for Research on Anti-Semitism

Further Information

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Press and Public Relatons, Kerstin Skork, Tel.: +49 30 82406-211, Email: skork@mpib-berlin.mpg.de; Nicole Siller, Tel.: +49 30 82406-284, Email: siller@mpib-berlin.mpg.de