Breaking the Mould

The research group Breaking the Mould studies the interaction between the governed and those who govern from ancient history to the present. Our researchers develop concepts and strategies to analyse the perspectives of subalterns, broader socio-political movements and political institutions. In particular, the focus on non-institutional and non-singular actors requires new and creative research methods. In addition, we explore the wide range of (historical) sources available to reconstruct the interaction between formal and informal politics. In doing so, we reflect on the issue of representativity and encourage interdisciplinary cooperation, in particular between history, literature, political science and political philosophy.

repertoires of representation


Our researchers work on several research projects. For information about the projects we are currently working on and our completed projects, please click on the link below.


An overview of our publications can be found via the link below.


For information about our researchers, have a look at our members page.