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Collaborative Research Centres

Collaborative Research Centres are research programs awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and funded by the federal state or government, which aim to promote and establish institutes through interdisciplinary cooperative and fundamental research within the framework of interdisciplinary.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is currently involved in 268 Collaborative Research Centres which receive up to 12 years of funding from the DFG.


CRC/Transregio 228: “Future Rural Africa: Future-making and social-ecological transformation”


Against the backdrop of rapidly advancing globalization, the CRC/Transregio 228 ‘Future in Rural Africa’ investigates how agricultural intensification processes and the expansion of nature conservation will affect rural areas of Africa. What impact do the seemingly contradictory, but often interwoven processes of increased land use by humans and the expansion of nature reserves have on socio-ecological change in rural Africa? Eight GSSC scholars are taking part in the CRC/Transregio which involves both the University of Cologne and University of Cologne and will receive approximately Euro 10 Million in funding over the next four years. The Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the University of Münster, Charité (the university hospital of Humboldt-Universität Berlin), and numerous cooperation partners in Africa such as University of Namibia, Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, ICIPE (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology), Nairobi University of Dar es Salaam, British Institute in Eastern Africa und University of Cape Town. The speaker is Professor Dr. Detlef Müller-Mahn, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Deputy Spokesperson is Professor Dr. Michael Bollig, University of Cologne.

Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Michael Bollig, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology




CRC 1252: “Prominence in Language”


The Collaborative Research Center “Prominence in Language” was established in 2017. The program currently comprises 19 projects mostly coordinated by the Department of German Language and Literature I is examining the factor of how prominence structures language.

Under the key question of how information in language is organized and structured, fudamental research  of the areas of Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics as well as Pragmatic and discourse is being undertaken.

Spokesperson: Professor Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, Department of German Language and Literature I