Erring Helps

The Research Group

The research group Erring Helps was active from 2001 until 2005 and was concerned with the transfer and translation of "material cultures" – words, texts or cultural practices – and their circulation among different societal, cultural or national contexts. It was interested in misunderstandings, 'mis-readings' and erring occurring in these processes to contribute to a genealogy of cultural globalisation.

Activities of the RG


The research group published two anthologies, translated Georges Bataille's Dictionnaire Critique and published several articles.


In March 2003 the RG Erring Helps, together with BBAW-member (The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of the Sciences and Humanities) Jürgen Osterhammel, organised a workshop entitled "The Transnational German Empire. Germany in the World 1871-1914".


The volume "Das Irrsal hilft" was reviewed in various papers.



  • Sebastian Conrad


    Sebastian Conrad
    History / Japanology
    Freie Universität Berlin
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  • Rainer Maria Kiesow

    Rainer Maria Kiesow
    L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris (Frankreich)
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  • Henning Schmidgen

    Henning Schmidgen
    History of Science
    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
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