The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Resources: Iranian and German Perspectives

Projekt im Förderprogramm "Hochschuldialog mit der Islamischen Welt" des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Förderung: Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Förderungszeitraum: Januar–Dezember 2018

Projektleitung: Prof. Dr. Roland Hardenberg; Dr. Shahnaz Nadjmabadi; in Kooperation mit Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter (Goethe-Universtität; FFGI)
Koordination: Dr. des. Katja Rieck


The Frankfurt Workshop is part of a twelve-month project that serves to promote dialog between graduate students and early career researchers from the University of Isfahan (Iran), the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran) and the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany). It is to be followed by a second workshop in Isfahan, which is to take place from 1–8 December 2018. The two workshops address an important discussion in both countries, namely the role, relevance and possible contribution of the social sciences and humanities in addressing pressing socio-political issues related to the integration of marginalized and disadvantaged groups: Migrants, ethnic and religious minorities. The exchange between project participants at the workshops as well as in the time of collaboration in between focuses on the concrete case of the allocation and use of resources and how this impacts processes of social integration and marginalization. The innovative aspect of this project is that it does not adopt the usual economic perspective on resources; instead it highlights the social and cultural dimensions of resources and their use. Another important component of the project is the explicit emphasis on a dialog that also includes practitioners, i.e. those who are directly involved in policy work or intervention, be it in governmental, non-governmental or civil society organizations. This component allows project participants to check the practical relevance and feasibility of contributions of social science and humanities research in dealing with contemporary socio-political problems.

The general aim of this endeavor is to encourage dialog between Iranian and German early career academic researchers and practitioners on socially relevant issues, and is twofold:

  1. to provide an understanding of the social dynamics in both countries and
  2. to become familiar with how governmental and non-governmental institutions or civil society organizations in the respective countries deal with these issues. The results of our exchanges on increasing the practical relevance and applicability of social science and humanities research will have consequences for curricula, teaching and professional training of students and early career researchers at the participating Iranian and German institutions.