Inge Kroppenberg (Göttingen/Bonn): The Art of Procedure. Logic and aesthetics of the development of law in modernity


The premise for this project is the thesis of the structural kinship between judicial procedure in the European ius commune tradition and its modern development narrative that was formative in varied areas from the late 18th Century, even becoming the dominant form of thought for an entire epoch in the shape of historicism, e.g. in the historical disciplines. A discursive analysis of legal developmental thought as propagated by jurists from the early 19th Century onwards is not only intended to illuminate the aesthetic-functional relationship between narrative and legal procedure and thereby the legal foundations of the “narrative grammar of modernity” (“Erzählgrammatik der Moderne”, Albrecht Koschorke). The project also intends to offer explanations for why, not only in Germany, legal studies are still closer to neo-historical schools of thought than to offers of meaning produced by the cultural and social sciences. The project will elaborate the foundations of a legal aesthetics that examines legal developmental thought narratologically, procedure theoretically as well as from a history of science and ideas perspective and criticizes its monopolistic position in the legal discourse of modernity.

Prof. Dr. Inge Kroppenberg


Curriculum Vitae

Inge Kroppenberg studied law in Mainz. She obtained her doctorate degree there in 2000 and completed her habilitation in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, she held interim professorships in Leipzig and Frankfurt. From 2007, she held the Chair in Private Law, Roman Legal History and Modern Private Law History at the University of Regensburg’s Faculty of Law. Since 2013, Inge Kroppenberg holds the Chair for Roman Law, Private Law and Modern Private Law History at the University of Göttingen’s Faculty of Law, where she heads the Department for Roman Law and Ius Commune at the Institute for Legal History, Philosophy of Law and Comparative Law. Her research interests lie in Estate Law, Family Law as well as Cultural History of Law. Since October 2014, Prof. Kroppenberg is fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.