Ethics of Textual Cultures

What we can observe in the dynamics of social development often leads to priorities that are difficult to determine. “Ethics of Textual Cultures”, as one of only a few Elite Graduate Programs from the humanities within the Bavarian Elite Network (ENB), tries to react to this situation: We offer specific modes of reflections which ought to provide orientation in a hybrid world and we are interested in the critical analysis of the conditions of the commonalities and differences of language and values. The program is open to highly motivated students, who want to reflect questions of social responsibility.

The Elite Graduate Program at a glance

DegreeMaster of Arts
Duration of studyFour semesters
Place of studyAugsburg, Erlangen
Admission requirementsBachelor’s degree (Arts)
Language of instructionGerman, partly English
Application deadlineFebruary 15th, August 1st
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Begin of studiesWinter semester, summer semester
HeadProf. Dr. Stephanie Waldow (Augsburg)
Prof. Dr. Christine Lubkoll (Erlangen)
CoordinatorDr. Julian Werlitz (Augsburg)
Contact the coordinator Dr. Eva Forrester (Erlangen)
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Further informationenWebsite Ethics of Textual Cultures

What is the Connection Between Values and Language?

The Elite Graduate Program “Ethics of Textu­al Cul­tures” is open to excel­lent students from an­ywhere who are interested in criti­cally evaluat­ing the correla­tion be­tween lan­guages, texts and cultures. This con­cerns questions of philo­sophical or theo­logical back­grounds as well as lin­guis­tics (dis­course-analysis), the media, politics and the cultures of eve­ry­day-life. Stu­dents will be inte­grated into in­terna­tional re­search.

What is important to us are theoreti­cal ap­proaches as well as historical aspects, leading to discus­sions of contem­porary life, e.g. along the borders of neu­ro­sciences, ethics and reli­gion. Further­more, we try to combine meth­odo­logical impulses from philologi­cal analy­sis with the scope of cul­tur­al stud­ies.

Individual Response

Within the broad scope of varying mod­ules,there is the oppor­tunity for students to spe­cialize them­selves fur­ther.

It is up to our mentee-program to inform and support students from the very beginning of their studies.

The students take part in various seminars, which give the op­por­tu­nity to come into contact not only with all the lecturers from both universities, but also with renowned figures from within international research.

That it seems to be quite difficult to be sure what can be called the most decisive of our values makes it plausible that we need the sort of academic reflection that is encouraged in Ethics of Textual Cultures.

Prof. Dr. Mathias Mayer

Snippets of the program

Podcast “Five to twelve”

In our podcast “Five to Twelve” we spoke with Dr. Sebastian Kubon about precarious work in science and #IchBinHanna.

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Collage of former podcast-guests with the logo „Five to twelve“

Literary Talks

Since 2018 the "Augsburg Dialogs" have been a broad forum for the discussion of literature and commitment.

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A young man stands in the middle of sitting people and animatedly speaks into a microphone.

Snippets of the research

Ethics of the loss of transcendence

Markus Wölfl explored the ethics of the loss of transcendence using the example of Pedra Calderon’s The Great Theatre of the World in his master’s thesis.

Describing the enemy

Joachim Peters explored the media coverage of hospital bugs and the mechanisms of public reception and assessment in his master’s thesis.


Nina Blagojevic examined the topic “monstrosity“ as a psychodynamic process on basis of sociological theories of identity construction.