IMPRS Moral Economies of Modern Societies
HumanitiesHistory and archaeology

The International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies offers an international, English-language PhD program in History, jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin.

The IMPRS Moral Economies aims to create a supportive and intellectually stimulating research environment geared towards the needs of young scholars. Intensive contact with advising professors, close exchange with other doctoral students, and encouragement of independent study are at the core of the PhD program. The IMPRS Moral Economies offers seminars, workshops, guest lectures and also supports research stays at our partner universities (University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley).


The PhD program of the IMPRS Moral Economies supports research projects investigating the values, emotions, and habits that informed and inspired modern social formations from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. The relationship between modern history of emotions and the development, consolidation and transformation of morals stands at the center of the research focus.

The projects of the doctoral candidates trace and analyze the origins of moral values and the sources on which they draw in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres. Research on modern moral economies also focusses on the ways in which values and emotions reinforce or contradict each other in modern societies. This complex relationship is studied on the level of major ideas and concepts, as well as on the level of social interaction and institutional settings.

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert
Dr. Julia Wambach
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 82406 642
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