Interdisciplinary research into the history of the Francke Foundations from the 17th to the 20th century is part of the mission and self-image of the Foundations as a researching and mediating cultural institution. To this end, the Research Centre develops scientific perspective plans and acts as an interface to regional, national and international institutions and cooperation partners. In addition, concepts for the annual exhibitions are developed and conferences and workshops are held. Special attention is paid to the promotion of young scientists.
Dr. Liselotte Kirchner Scholarship Programme
Thanks to a generous foundation by Dr. Liselotte Kirchner (Offenbach), the Francke Foundations are able to award research grants. The aim of the scholarship programme is to further develop research on the history of the Francke Foundations on the basis of their rich source collections.
Teaching and Qualification Work
The Research Centre is linked to the teaching at the Institute of History of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.
At present, the Foundations support the following scholars and their research:
Conferences and Workshops
The Research Centre regularly holds conferences and workshops at the Francke Foundations in Halle. It takes part in international conferences.
Nobility and Pietism
The research area »Nobility and Pietism« has been intensively researched at the Research Centre since 2014. The special connection between noble habitus and lifestyle on the one hand and pietistic sobriety and inner worldliness on the other constituted a field of tension with numerous negotiation and transition processes, which offers interesting research desiderata in the regional, but also national and international area.
Healing body and soul. Medicine and Hygiene in the 18th Century – the Francke Foundations as a Health Topography
The annual exhibition 2021 of the Francke Foundations, curated by the Research Centre, deals with central aspects of medicine in the 18th century. The focus is on the medicine of the Pietists, especially at the Halle orphanage in the 18th century. This project was and is being worked on in collaboration with scholars from different disciplines in order to arrive at new multi-perspective research results on the topic.
Research on the Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities of the Francke Foundations
A joint project of the Centre for Science Studies of the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences and the Research Unit of the Francke Foundations for the research and systematic cataloguing of European Wunderkammer.
Participation in the current discussion about colonial art and cultural assets
Parts of our collections are to be viewed in the specific colonial context of the 18th century. However, this is not the same as the imperial colonialism of the (late) 19th and early 20th centuries. There is a great need for research and discussion here. The Francke Foundations plan to play an active role in this emerging field.
August Hermann Niemeyer (1754-1828) between authorities and institutions
The dissertation project of Paula Göbel-Lange (Halle) investigates the director of the foundation August Hermann Niemeyer in his role as a political participant. It is supported by the Landesgraduierten Stipendium Sachsen-Anhalt and supervised together with Prof. Andreas Pečar (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle Wittenberg).
The Building and Architectural History of the Francke Foundations in a Comparative Perspective
The research project combines architectural, cultural and socio-historical perspectives on the Halle orphanage. The Publisher of the Francke Foundations has published the research results in several publications.