Interconnecting platform H: Cultural Ambiguity

The interconnecting platform H proceeds from the thesis that cultures differ essentially in the ways in which they deal with multivalence, vagueness, contingency, and contradiction – that is, with ambiguity. Members of the interconnecting platform want to hone the concept of tolerance of ambiguity and make this phenomenon as well as its conditions and consequences a shared central aspect of the research.

In the Cluster of Excellence’s first period from 2007 to 2012, the differing ways approaching ambiguity and the consequences of this were examined using the examples of Islam and the confessional ambiguity of early modern Europe. In the second period from 2012 to 2017, these analyses of various ways of dealing with ambiguity will now be undertaken and expanded in a systematic way, cutting across eras and disciplines. The goal is to acquire elements for a comprehensive theory of cultural ambiguity.