Historical Regimes of Normativity – Method

The Department’s researchers investigate regimes of normativity in the European Middle Ages and the early modern and modern periods. Our work is based on a broad conception of normativity, and we understand the history of law and of other normative regimes (for example, religious ones) as a continuous process of the translation of normative knowledge. We see the theoretically informed reconstruction of these processes as a particular challenge of current legal historical research that critically develops its national and transnational traditions. A focus on ‘regimes’ of normativity permits us to analyse historical constellations of norms, institutions and practices in their dynamic interaction and in a way that is open to global historical perspectives. Many projects make use of the possibilities offered by the Digital Humanities. Some are carried out in cooperation with other institutions in Germany and abroad.

Our research on historical regimes of normativity builds on the findings of the earlier research foci on ‘Multinormativity’, ‘Translation’ and ‘Legal Spaces’, on research projects studying historical regulatory regimes and, last but not least, on the reflections regarding legal histories in global historical and knowledge historical perspectives that have been developed at the Institute in recent years.

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Legal History as a History of Knowledge of Normativity

Global Legal History

Historical Regimes of Normativity

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