The Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) is a joint project undertaken by academics from various faculties and disciplines at FAU. It provides academic and practice-related contributions to research into the regional, national and international development of a human rights culture.
Two universities (Augsburg and FAU) and various disciplines (literature studies, linguistics, theology, philosophy and European cultural history, political science and media studies) are involved in the interdisciplinary Elite Master’s degree programme in the ‘Ethics of Text Cultures’, which was financed by the Bavarian Elite Network from 2006 until April 2016 and was permanently established in April 2016. It explores, from systematic and historical standpoints, the background to the ethical dimension of texts from a variety of fields and categories, the linguistic dimensions of ethics as well as the linguistic structure and vocabulary of historical and current ethical outlooks and judgements.
The degree programme director in Erlangen, Prof. Dr. Christine Lubkoll (Chair of the History of Modern German Literature) has been extensively involved in developing the INTEGRA programme.
The Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) researches and develops innovative processes in the field of lifelong learning and teaching, education and skills development from a systemic perspective and in relation to relevant social changes. The ILI is currently involved in developing an app for the orientation of refugees who would like to study.
The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Literature and Culture (IZG) is to bring together the various research projects in modern literature and culture within the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology to identify synergies and improve communication between the disciplines.
The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) is the co-ordination centre for all international matters at the University concerning studying, teaching and mobility . It acts as the coordinator, initiator and contact partner for all international activities of the university in close cooperation with the University Administration and the five FAU faculties.
The Central Institute for Anthropology of Religions (ZAR) provides an academic platform for interdisciplinary and inter-faculty research related to religion and anthropology. One of the special tasks of the ZAR is to promote collaboration between other disciplines and FAU’s ongoing research into Islamic religion, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Islamic Religious Studies (IZIR) and the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE). In addition, the ZAR is responsible for nurturing collaboration with the universities of Bamberg and Bayreuth in anthropological and religious matters.
The Centre for Area Studies (ZI) is responsible for the content and organisation of research projects associated with the various regions (North America, Ibero-America, regions in Europe, Franconia, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific). These can involve cross-regional comparisons and are sometimes funded by one or several sections. The structure of the ZI means that interdisciplinary research focus areas and groups can be recombined as required, based on the subject expertise offered by the sections.
The ZI organises interdisciplinary, cross-regional comparative conferences, symposiums and colloquiums with national and international involvement. These revolve around topics of both historical and current interest that are of relevance to all the various regions. Moreover, the ZI at FAU provides the opportunity for exchanging ideas across disciplines. On average, the 115 members of the ZI organise over 100 collaborative events.