"Institute for Social Cohesion" starts

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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchThe Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is planning to set up an "Institute for Social Cohesion". For this purpose, a network of university and research institutes has been selected. Eleven institutions from ten federal states are to jointly develop a research program and a steering structure for the decentralized institute. The decision was made in a science-led competition. "The living realities of the city and the countryside are changing and are partly drifting apart. New media are changing the communication culture. In our pluralistic society, other questions arise than before when it comes to belonging and identity. That bothers the citizens, "said Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek. "We want to talk about that in our society. The new institute will explore these questions and help to bring many debates to light. It will help us to strengthen social cohesion. "The new Institute for Social Cohesion is intended to promote research on this topic. Multi-disciplinary, researchers will work in different places. The institute is to contribute with practice-relevant suggestions to meeting social challenges. It will deal with current developments relevant to the cohesion of society and their historical roots. The selected institutions will develop a foundation concept for the institute in a one-year preliminary phase. They cover aspects such as polarization and populism, identities and regional worlds of experience, media and conflict culture as well as anti-Semitism and hate crime. The following were selected for the association: the Technical University of Berlin and the universities of Bielefeld, Bremen, Frankfurt, Halle-Wittenberg, Hanover, Constance and Leipzig also the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen, the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research Hamburg and the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society Jena (see list of institutions). "The selected institutions have prevailed in scientific competition with their concepts. They bring different perspectives and expertise ", says Karliczek. "It is now necessary to bundle. I wish that scientific analysis, practical knowledge and concrete options for action go hand in hand. "

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