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New Collaborative Research Centre led by Markus Hilgert

07. Jun. 2011

The German Research Council (DFG) approved the funding for a large scale Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) on "Material Text Cultures". The research project has been conceptualised by Cluster member Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert.

Aim of the new Collaborative Research Centre "Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence of Writing in Non-Typographic Societies" is to develop the basis for new methodological instruments to interpret texts from culture historical perspectives. In the centre are textual artifacts from non-typographic societies with no methods for the mass production of written materials such as religious texts on recitation rolls in Ancient Egypt.

The research centre has been conceptualised by Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert. The renowned professor of Assyrology/Sumerology is one of the coordinators of the research project D2 "Materiality and Practice" at the Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context".

The Collaborative Research Centre will be located at Heidelberg University and cooperates with the School of Jewish Studies (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien). The first funding period starts in July and is for the duration of four years.

The German Research Council is the central, self-governing research funding organisation in Germany. Its mission is to fund and promote all fields of science and the humanities, such as Graduate School, Collaborative Research Centres and Clusters of Excellence.

Prof. Dr. Rudolf G. Wagner, Acting Director of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" expressed his warmest congratulations and wishes the new centre all the best in a written statement.

Further information on the DFG website and at Heidelberg University.


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