Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster
"Legal Unity and Pluralism"

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Legal Unity and Pluralism” (EViR) at the University of Münster has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research since 2021. Fellows from all over the world, together with scholars from Münster, examine the dynamic tension between legal unity and pluralism from antiquity to the present. This is the first attempt to systematically investigate the phenomenon in its entire historical depth and across disciplinary boundaries.

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Pupils explore the history of witch-hunts in Münster

Three pupils from the Gesamtschule Münster-Mitte have investigated the topic of witch-hunts in Münster. The results of their research project can now be seen in an impressive exhibition. The Käte Hamburger Kolleg provided (legal) historical expertise and also helped with the design of the posters.

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Death by ordeal: a historical topic that remains a pressing matter today

Since December 2023, at least 45 people have died in Angola after consuming a liquid substance intended to determine the validity of sorcery accusations. Anthropologist João Figueiredo explores the history of sorcery beliefs in Angola and the mbulungo ordeal responsible for the recent deaths. He also argues in favour of legal remedies informed by legal pluralism.

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New fellows in April / Welcome Day

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg warmly welcomes a new cohort of fellows in April. Seven scholars from the fields of history, law, anthropology and sociology will be researching the topic of legal unity and legal pluralism and enriching the Kolleg with their different perspectives. On "Welcome Day" (29 April), there is the opportunity to meet them.

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Two new EViR Working Papers published

The Kolleg's own series of EViR Working Papers features two new contributions dealing with the relationship between increasing social diversity and legal unity or plurality in various historical contexts.