Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology

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At the Heart of the Matter - the University's Center for Reflection and Critical Thought 

The Faculty 05 is home to researchers, professors, and students of the humanities. They deal with human culture and thus produce important orientational knowledge for our increasingly complex present day.


From American to Circum-Baltic Studies

With approximately 11,000 students (as of summer semester 2019) and more than 350 employees, including about 70 professors and several hundred teaching assistants and research assistants and tutors, we are the largest department at JGU. Our portfolio of subjects is outstanding. At seven institutes and seminars, 92 interesting and future-oriented courses can be studied, ranging from American Studies, English Literature and Culture, Romance Studies, Book Studies or German Studies to Cultural Anthropology, Media Dramaturgy, or Slavic Studies.



In addition, we work on a large number of research projects that are characterized by their inherent interdisciplinarity, for which third-party funding from various institutions is successfully raised. For example, in the graduate school "Life Sciences- Life Writing", which is based in the Transnational American Studies and the University's Medical Center and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), PhD candidates from both the humanitites and life sciences conduct interdisciplinary research.


We are International

Faculty 05 is also an international faculty, as reflected by its collaborations with not only almost all European countries, but also with other countries such as the USA, Canada, Japan, China and South Korea, Nepal, or Ethiopia. Particularly close to our hearts are the close cooperation with our partner university in Dijon, the Polonicum, and the international Master's program in Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism. This lively exchange is also reflected in the high proportion of international students and researchers.









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Overcoming Boundaries, Bringing Subjects Together

Since 1988, internationally renowned American studies scholar Prof. Dr. Alfred Hornung has been researching and teaching at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). His subject has undergone several changes over the decades, culminating in the founding of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies in 2017. Hornung shares about those developments - and a glimpse of his life as well.


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Das interdisziplinäre Projekt "Romantische Ökologien" untersucht die Auseinandersetzung mit ökologischen Fragestellungen in der Romantik. (Foto: © Pixelbliss / stock.adobe.com)
(Foto: © Pixelbliss / stock.adobe.com)



When Ecologies were Invented 

With the project "Romantische Ökologien", the Rhine-Main region could become a stronghold of Romantic Studies and set accents in the young field of Environmental Humanities. The joint initiative of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), and the Technical University Darmstadt brings together scientists from a wide range of disciplines.


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