The Profile Area "Orders & Transformations" analyzes societal structures/orders and the upheavals that occur when existing structures can no longer cope with changed circumstances. This can be observed in many different areas, including human-induced climate change, financial crises, the Corona pandemic, growing global and national inequality and the associated resurgence of populism that is changing democratic orders, migration and the challenges it poses, as well as persistent gender inequalities. The war in Ukraine will also permanently change the international order. Research conducted in this Profile Area aims to comprehensively analyze these changes at different levels.
Hence, the Profile Area stands in the characteristic tradition of Goethe University Frankfurt. Since its founding as a “citizens' university" with the aim of pursuing science independently of conventional political and cultural constraints, the university has cultivated a specific profile characterized by the spirit of enlightenment, criticism and progressiveness. While all scientific fields flourished as a result, the impact on the development of groundbreaking research foci in the social sciences, law, economics and the humanities was especially profound, extending far beyond the "Frankfurt School," which remains internationally influential until today. This spirit, based above all else on interdisciplinary cooperation, has survived: It is reflected not only in the research profile of the university as a whole, but even more so in the Profile Area "Orders & Transformations."
The Profile Area is backed by internationally renowned, externally funded alliances and connects highly decorated scientists, honored with many awards. It comprises two established research foci and several interlinked high-potential research areas.