About us

The TRA Present Pasts seeks to foster interdisciplinary cooperation between researchers from all faculties of the University of Bonn. The common goal is the development of innovative research topics and methods as well as the construction of research networks. The TRA Present Pasts is funded by the German Excellence Strategy.

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The Steering Committee forms the Board of Directors and is responsible for developing the research profile of the TRA and for coordinating its activities with the Rectorate and the faculties involved. It takes all decisions regarding start-up financing for innovative research projects and establishes measures for the advancement of early-career researchers. The TRA is led by two speakers. The TRA-Management supports them administratively and will be happy to answer all your questions about the TRA Present Pasts.

Members and Cooperation Partners

The TRA Present Pasts integrates existing structures and institutions from all faculties of the University of Bonn in its two core areas communication and heritage. In particular, it serves the networking of the "minor subjects". Within the university, TRA cooperates with the Cluster of Excellence "Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies" (BCDSS), the university museum collections, the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Graduate school "Gegenwart/Literatur", the Center for Historical Peace Research (ZHF) and others. In addition, the cooperation with non-university institutions with various museums in Bonn, the Franz Josef Dölger Institute and other renowned scholars and institutions is a fundamental factor of the TRA Present Pasts network.


  • The development of innovative approaches in the potential areas of research
  • The promotion of interdisciplinary collaborative research within the University of Bonn and with external cooperation partners
  • The networking of the potential areas with the Cluster of Excellence "Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies" and other collaborative research projects
  • The establishment and expansion of internal as well as national and international research networks
  • The organization of meetings and conferences for scientific networking as well as for the further development of transdisciplinary research at the University of Bonn
  • The promotion of the internationalization of research (and teaching)
  • The promotion of young scientists, especially within the framework of the postdoc phase

Find out more about the goals and potential areas!

Prof. Dr. Karoline Noack (Department of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Arts)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Becher (Department of History, Faculty of Arts)

The Steering Committee consists of the TRA-Speakers, the deans of the faculties associated with the TRA, one speaker of the Cluster of Excellence 'Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies', additional professorial members representing the research areas within the TRA, and representatives of the university status groups. Other advisory members include the founding members of TRA Present Pasts.

Steering Committee Members:

Alternate Steering Committee Members:

Steering Committee Advisory Members:

Dr. Kim Alings, Manager

Strategic Development and Quality Assurance

Vice Rectorate for Research and Early-Career Researchers

Dechenstraße 3-11
53115 Bonn

E-Mail: tra5@uni-bonn.de
Tel. +49 151 464 767 44

Student Assistant: Christian Huth

Within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, TRA Present Pasts is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW).

TRA is closely associated with three faculties of the University of Bonn:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Protestant Theology
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology

The deans of these faculties are members of the TRA-Steering Committee.

All important information about the structure and legal basis can be found in our statute.

Discover More about the TRA Present Pasts

Our Research

Research Profile, Topics, Projects

Our Offers

Events, Funding Offers

Our Network

Members, Cooperation Partners

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