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Accompanying Volume to the Exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute“

Sep 08, 2014

An accompanying volume to the exhibition “Von Atlantis bis heute –  Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe” has been co-edited by Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Gerrit J. Schenk from Project "Images of Disasters". The richly illustrated volume portrays how human beings have responded to extreme natural events over the last 3.500 years.

From the volcanic eruption on Santorin in the Bronze Age through the earthquakes in Lisbon (1755) and San Francisco (1906) to the tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan (2011): natural phenomena had shaped culture and society for ages. In some regions, they are still influential for people’s daily life nowadays. Extreme natural events always pose new questions to the human communities including questions about the responsibility for environment, the correct aid and precaution measures and evaluations of these sudden and violent experiences.

The volume includes articles on various natural disasters written by scholars from different disciplines, such as Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos from classical archaeology, Prof. Peter Rothe from geology and Prof. Beat Wyss from art studies and media philosophy.

The volume accompanies the exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute", which takes place from September 7, 2014, to March 1, 2015. It is edited by Prof. Gerrit J. Schenk and Prof. Monica Juneja from the Cluster, Prof. Alfried Wieczorek and Dr. Christoph Lind from the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums. The volume has been published in German by Schnell + Steiner in September 2014.

The exhibition is based on results of research Project D17 “Images of Disasters” coordinated by Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Gerrit J. Schenk. The exhibition is a cooperation of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums Mannheim with the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" at Heidelberg University and the TU Darmstadt.


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  • Cover of the accompanying volume