World Knowledge – Structural Support for "Rare Subjects"
The so-called "rare subjects" ("kleine Fächer") often represent a comprehensive, significant and future-oriented canon of knowledge of high relevance for interdisciplinarity, internationality, and innovation. Their complex subject matter enable them to address issues from a multiperspectival view, thereby contributing in a crucial way towards a multi-layered exploration of the world and a holistic "world knowledge". At the same time, these knowledge domains are often characterized by precarious structures inside the universities.
For this reason, the funding offer aims at a sustainable strengthening of structurally precarious knowledge domains in research and teaching. It is intended to encourage the representatives to develop innovative ideas for structurally strengthening their fields, as well as to invite the respective university leadership to create sustainable perspectives for the said "rare subjects".
Scope of Funding
Eligible for funding are tenured professors of the "rare subjects", together with representatives of the respective university management (funding line 1), professors, post-docs, or other academic staff of institutes (funding line 2).