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 researching and mediating cultural institutions. To this end, the Research Unit 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 academics.
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 Section 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:
Forschungsprojekt "Mesalliancen im Pietismus"
Ausgehend von der Beobachtung einer besonderen Häufung unstandegmäßer Eheverbindungen bei dem Pietismus nahestehenden Personen geht Thomas Grunewald in seinem Post-Doc Projekt den Fragen nach den Hintergründen und theologischen Rechtfertigungen dieser Verbindungen nach. Ziel ist zunächst die Erarbeitung eines Antrages für eine Finanzierung durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
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.
Hidden Collections. Topographies of Early Modern Collections (Halle, Leipzig, Dresden)
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.
The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization
The Francke Foundations are secondment partners in the EU project / ITN »The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization« (2016-2019), in which scientists from the universities of Aarhus, Halle, Milan, Münster, Prague and Reading work together.
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.
The order of things.Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities as Teaching and Learning Facilities in the Early Modern Era
The research project is dedicated to a facet of early modern collection culture that has received comparatively little attention to date: the didactic moment in the creation of Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities.