The SFB short film:

About property in transition and the work of the SFB.

This film is the work of Catharina Göldner and Katharina Hamann.

The members of the Collaborative Research Centre in summer 2023

Image: Marlen van den Ecker

Welcome to the website of the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 294 "Structural Change of Property"!

The Collaborative Research Centre pursues the goal of investigating the fundamental structural change of property that could be observed at the latest since 1989.  The Collaborative Research Centre contains a total of 23 subprojects at five locations in Germany: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Sprecher*innenhochschule), Universität Erfurt, Freie Universität BerlinCarl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Technische Universität Darmstadt.

While private property has gained in importance worldwide since 1989 under conditions of increasing concentration and deregulation, the resulting property system has proved to be both crisis-prone and highly controversial in the face of new economic, political and technological challenges. It isn´t challenged only by the global financial and economic crises, but also by political conflicts over the appropriation, distribution and containment of private property, as well as by the dynamics of the knowledge and bio-economies, which are linked to alternative concepts of common property, shared use and free access to resources.


New publication!

Silke van Dyk (C04) writes about private property as a privilege in her new publication in the journal Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ). Private property feigns individual merit and thus conceals the fact that many have contributed to it. The SFB co-spokesperson sees more public infrastructure as a solution.

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The SFB in the media

Marlen van den Ecker (C05) was a guest on Radio Frei and spoke about artificial intelligence and intellectual property.

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New podcast episode Appropriate!

In the new podcast episode of the SFB podcast Appropriate, Clara Salazar talks about the history and concept of ejidos (collective forms of land ownership), which were introduced by the Mexican Revolution in 1917. This episode is the forth part of “The Urban Lives of Property Series”.

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The SFB in the media

Deutsche Welle reports on Stefan Schmalz's (JRT02) research on the differences in Internet regulation between the USA and China, which are based on different world views.

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Job advertisement

In the subproject C02, there is a vacancy for a student assistant for a limited period from 15.07. until 31.12.2024. The application deadline is 30.06.2024. For further information, please see the following link.


JenTower; Jena

Workshop: Private property and public commons – narrowing the gap

Workshop with Mercator-Fellow Klaus Bosselmann

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Kino am Markt; Jena

Film series “Property in View”

Film presentation of Bajo la Sal (Argentina/Austria 2021) with introduction of Anne Tittor

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Stadtlab; Jena

Wealth in the ecological crisis: no right life in the wrong property

Lecture by Prof. Sighard Neckel (University of Hamburg), followed by a discussion with Prof. Silke van Dyk (FSU Jena)

Wealth plays a major role in causing climate change. Not only because of massive overconsumption, but above all because of the investments made by the wealthy upper classes in a fossil fuel economy, which has caused climate change on the planet in the first place. This raises the question of a property system that would be suitable for protecting the ecological foundations of life and could be based on the consent of broad sections of the population. No fact illustrates the limits of private property rights as dramatically as the threat to the Earth system.

JenTower; Jena

Author's workshop: Neoliberalism’s Playground? Post-Socialist Transformations in Central European Context

The workshop will take place from 10 am to 6 pm in the SFB seminar room in the JenTower. For further information and registration please contact Florian Peters.