State of Hesse promotes "ConTrust" project

Success for the cluster initiative ConTrust: Trust in Conflict. Political Coexistence under Conditions of Uncertainty

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The state of Hesse is funding six innovative research projects at Hessian universities with a total of 40 million euros - including the "ConTrust" project, which PRIF is implementing together with Goethe University Frankfurt. 

"The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt is pleased that the cluster initiative ConTrust was successful in the competition and thus the cooperation between Goethe University and PRIF will be further advanced." The spokespersons of the initiative, Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff and Prof. Rainer Forst, expressed their delight about the successful application to the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art's funding line Cluster Projects in Preparation for the Next Round of the Excellence Strategy: "We can hardly wait to start working on this innovative project and thank the State of Hesse and our university for the trust they have placed in us."

ConTrust will be funded with almost 10 million euros over the next five years, almost half of which will come from the state of Hesse, with the other half contributed by Goethe University, PRIF, and (by one quarter) the participating researchers with their own funds. The project will be carried out at the Goethe University's Research Center Normative Orders and will aim for synergies with other networks located there, such as the Research Institute for Social Cohesion.

About the project: Conflicts are inevitable in the societal context. But where do we find the certainty that they will not escalate, that the opposing side will abide by the rules, that institutions will protect us against transgressions, and that the social world as a whole is sufficiently stable for us to orient our actions within it in a meaningful way? One of the secrets of social coexistence is trust, which has been challenged not only by the Corona pandemic. The ConTrust research project aims to draw practical conclusions for shaping conflicts in such a way that trust can be formed and stabilized; in doing so, dialogue with society will be an integral part of the project.