About the project


Philanthropy, endowments, giving and collecting play a central role in social cohesion, in orientation to the common good and the preservation of cultural heritage. The common good and cultural heritage must not be equated with social integration, but should also be viewed in terms of tension and conflict, and not only in the Western European context of our time. However, corresponding theoretical models are almost exclusively oriented to this context.

Further Information

Philanthropy, Giving & Collecting - A Timeless Cultural and Social Practice?

Public lecture series

As part of the research project, an interdisciplinary lecture series will be offered at University of Heidelberg in the summer semester of 2021. The series of lectures is open to the public and will be held in cooperation with the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar. Together with experts from the participating disciplines at University of Heidelberg and selected guests from national and international research and practice, the topic of philanthropy, donations, and collections in the longue durée will be examined from different perspectives and questions from the project context will be discussed.

Why do people in different cultures and eras donate, give and collect? For what kind of purposes and with what kind of goals? Under which social, cultural, economic and power conditions and in which forms can this happen? Is this good or bad for a society? These and other questions will be explored in an exchange between academia and practice. The guests selected for the series of events from national and international research and practice will provide insights into European and non-European cultures. The lecture series will take place in present form on the following dates.

Due to the current pandemic situation, we are pleased to welcome you again in presence in the upcoming events of the lecture series.

The events will be held in Lecture Hall 07 of the New University.


Universitätsplatz 1, 69117 Heidelberg

Lecture Hall 07

Bus stop: Universitätsplatz




Many past lectures are available online here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuRaSnb3n4kQ_61SuPHV4eTKTgo-GQhFN

You can find information about the past lectures here.






Koordinatorin Thematic Research Network

Dr. Gudrun-Christine Schimpf
E-Mail: gudrun.schimpf@csi.uni-heidelberg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 6221 54 - 119 85


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