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; E-Mail: K.Rieck [at]

The twenty-four-month project “The Quest for a ‘Good Life’: Livelihood Strategies in Iran and Germany” is a continuation of the project “The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Resources: Iranian and German Perspectives” from 2018. The current project aims at long-term and sustainable cooperation in research, teaching and supervision between the following Iranian and German universities and research institutions:

  • Department of Sociology at the University of Isfahan (UI),
  • Department of English Language and Literature, and Department of Sociology at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM).
  • Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO)
  • Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt (GU),
  • Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt (GU).


The project will enable these institutions to bring together their respective expertise in the training of students and early career researchers (ECRs) and to integrate new teaching formats into the graduate curriculum.

The project consists of a joint preparatory seminar and two field studies, which will strengthen research-based learning (RBL) and cultural exchange. In addition, a master class for academic writing and publishing will be held to highlight the specifics of the challenges of international academic publishing in the German and Iranian contexts. A “research incubator” will support the development of successful funding proposals and thus achieve the medium and long-term sustainability of the infrastructures created in this project.

All these activities are carried out under the main theme “The Quest for a ‘Good Life”, which concentrates on three specific thematic areas:   

- Ecological foundations of life in the anthropocene: reconfiguration of human-nature relationships in the face of environmental destruction,

- Alternative lifestyles: Norms and strategies in changing socio-cultural relationships and

- Aesthetic practices and the search for better livelihoods.