VolkswagenStiftung grants an American research college for postindustrial urban development

The following north American humanities experts of the university alliance Ruhr are pleased to receive an approved application of the Foundation VolkswagenStiftung that they have submitted jointly as researchers of the Competence Field Metropolitan Research: Barbara Buchenau, Jens Martin Gurr, Josef Raab (University Duisburg-Essen); Walter Grünzweig, Randi Gunzenhäuser (Technical University Dortmund); Kornelia Freitag and Michael Wala (Ruhr-University Bochum). Within the tender „humanities, cultural studies, social sciences and professional practice in graduate education” the KoMet-researchers granted the establishment of a research college called “Scripts for Postindustrial Urban Futures: American Models, Transatlantic Interventions“. The aim of the college is to find out which imaginative strategies can help “old” American and German coal-, steel and car-oriented cities to develop new future scenarios. The VolkswagenStiftung provides funding for research colleges which enable young academics insights in different professional fields. This innovative research- and educational concept is supported with a funding amount of about 1.7 million Euros.