Two Cultures

The Research Group

In modernity, it is a basic assumption about science that it is divided into “two cultures” – facing one another almost speechless: the humanities and the (natural) sciences. What is not commonly reflected upon, however, is the fact that this division has arisen rather recently – it dates back only to the nineteenth century. Moreover, it is arguably much less self-evident in the scientific practice itself than otherwise suggested by outward appearances.


The RG Two Cultures concerns itself with the history and present of the “two cultures”. It investigates how the distinction is affecting the self-image of the actors involved, which social and field-strategic functions it fulfills and in what relationship it stands to the scientific practice. In this way, the RG also contributes to a more thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary endeavor. In the face of the ubiquitous call for interdisciplinary research, a discussion of its foundations seems highly desirable. What kind of challenges do different disciplinary constellations imply? Is it more difficult to find a common language for collaboration when scientists from both the humanities and natural sciences are involved? Such questions are critically reflected here and discussed in various forms of dialogue.



  • Fabian Krämer


    Fabian Krämer
    History of Science
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
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  • Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor

    Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor
    Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor more
  • Eva Buddeberg

    Eva Buddeberg
    Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
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  • Miriam Akkermann

    Miriam Akkermann
    Musicology/Sound Art
    Universität Bayreuth
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  • Angelika Riemer

    Angelika Riemer
    Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Heidelberg
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  • Veronika Lipphardt

    Veronika Lipphardt
    History of Science
    University College Freiburg
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  • Florian Meinel

    Florian Meinel
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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  • Christian Stein

    Christian Stein
    Literature, Linguistics and Informatics
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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  • Viktoria Tkaczyk

    Viktoria Tkaczyk
    Cultural Studies / Science History
    Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
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  • Kai Wiegandt

    Kai Wiegandt
    English language and literature
    Freie Universität Berlin
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  • Silja Klepp

    Silja Klepp
    Ethnology, Human Geography
    Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
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  • Christoph Lundgreen

    Christoph Lundgreen
    Ancient History
    Technische Universität Dresden
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  • Anuscheh Farahat

    Anuscheh Farahat
    Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht
    Anuscheh Farahat more
  • Simon Lentner

    Simon Lentner
    Mathematics / Theoretical Physics
    Universität Hamburg
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  • Lena Henningsen

    Lena Henningsen
    Chinese Studies
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
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  • Chris Thomale

    Chris Thomale
    Universität Heidelberg
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  • Sebastian Matzner

    Sebastian Matzner
    Classics/Comparative Literature
    King’s College London (UK)
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  • Marco F. H. Schmidt

    Marco F. H. Schmidt
    Universität Bremen
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  • Michael Bies

    Michael Bies
    German Literature
    Freie Universität Berlin
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  • Ricarda Winkelmann

    Ricarda Winkelmann
    Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
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