All collaboration within the centre is based on the principle of annual topics. These topics do not correspond to separate fields of research nor to individual specialist subjects. Rather, they are intended as a point of departure for the fellows and the artists in residence in their joint efforts at understanding the key term. The question of the various manifestations of natural and social/cultural forces concerns natural scientists and scholars of culture, art, and literature equally.
The centre’s projects in art history, literature, and history of science explore the historicity of the terms in their respective media and disciplines. In particular, they focus on the continuities and transformations of concepts, especially in the context of epoch-making events and transitions.