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P1 - Experiencing Places and Moments of Otium in Contemporary European City Tourism

Prof. Dr. Tim Freytag

The main aim of project P1 is to conceptualise Muße in the context of city tourism and to consider Muße as an urban phenomenon. Firstly, we will focus on three major European urban tourist destinations (Barcelona, Florence and Paris) and compile a linguistic corpus of nine German travel guide books which will be the subject of content and discourse analysis. Taking into account travel blogs and tourism statistics we will, secondly, carry out field work (including 20-30 semi-structured interviews with German speaking travellers) in each of the three cities. An analysis of the field work's results will also be conducted.

Clara Sofie Kramer


P2 - Worship and Otium. Religiosity in Everyday Life and the Experience of Church Services in Namibia

Prof. Dr. Gregor Dobler

The project embeds the analysis of Muße in the anthropology of religion. Using the categories developed in the CRC to analyse Muße, we will describe two different forms of religious services in Northern Namibia and ask what commonalities and differences between ritual practice and practices of Muße emerge. To do so, we compare the predictable sequences of ritual in an Anglican historic mission church with the more lively services in charismatic churches marked by inspiration and cathartic experiences.

Yannick van den Berg


P3 - Otium in the hospital? A Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Resident Physicians

Prof. Dr. Anja Göritz,
Prof. Dr. phil. Stefan Schmidt

The project is a follow up of project A4 Muße in School. It focuses on the question to what extent the practice of mindfulness enables Muße. We will conduct a randomized controlled trial with 176 assistant physicians in several hospitals. Participants will either attend a mindfulness-based and Muße-oriented intervention or will be able to do whatever they want in the same amount of working. The project has the overarching objective to strengthen humanistic aspects of medical practice by providing certain mental and psychological skills.

Vanessa Aeschbach
Johannes Fendel


P4 - Machiavellian Otium: Strategies of Retreat in Niccolò Machiavelli’s Letters from 1512 to 1527

Prof. Dr. Judith Frömmer

Coming soon.