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A Great Chinese Wall of Ants

In the forests of Southeast China, Freiburg ecologists discovered a new species of wasps that protects its offspring with dead ants. Probably the dead animals' smell wards off predators and parasites.

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Dr. Sigrid G. Köhler

Universität Münster

Field

Linguistics/Literature

Academic discipline

Arts and Humanities/Social sciences/Cultural studies

Area of specialisation

German Literature / General Literary Studies

Research interests

Law and Literature Concepts of Matter / Gender Studies Postcolonial Studies/Race Theory/National Identities Mediality and Poetics/Aesthetics of Culture


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Dr. Brigitte Adriaensen


Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Area of specialisation

Hispanic Literature

Research interests

Representation of violence in literature The functions of irony in literary texts Crime novel Drug novel Postdictatorial novel Borges studies

Prof. Dr. Andrea Albrecht


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Area of specialisation

Literary studies, recent German literature, cultural studies

Prof. Elizabeth Amann


UGent

Area of specialisation

comparative literature, Literature of Romance languages, Literary studies, cultural history, nineteenth-century studies

Research interests

nineteenth-century European novel impact of the French Revolution in literature and culture dandyism, fashion and self-fashioning representations of the nineteenth-century urban experience influence and imitation across borders literature and the law

Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Baldauf


Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

Languages and cultures of Central Asia

Research interests

Dialectology of Afghan Uzbek Narrative research (oral history and folklore) Sociocultural change in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras

PD Dr. Ines Beilke-Voigt


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

Pre- and early history (metal ages to the early middle ages)

Research interests

Ritual and sacrifice Burial practices Ethnology Custom / symbolism Rock art

Prof. Dr. Regina Bendix


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Area of specialisation

cultural anthropology/ European ethnology

Research interests

Knowledge and scientific history of the ethnological disciplines (Folklore, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology) Culture - politics - economy (tourism, cultural heritage, cultural property) Ethnography of the senses, cultural expression of the senses Communication and folktale studies, narratology Ritual, custom and theater Culinary Studies School culture

Prof. Dr. Josine Blok


Universiteit Utrecht

Area of specialisation

Ancient History, Archaic and classical Greece, Classical civilization

Prof. Dr. Anke Bosse


Université de Namur

Area of specialisation

German Literature (18th century to 21th century), General and Comparative Literature, Culture and Literature

Research interests

Literature and Culture of the "Goethezeit" (18th/19th century) Edition, 'critique génétique', texutal scholarship, analysis of writing processes Mediality of Literature Intermediality Inter- and Transculturality Intertextuality Orientalism, mutual influences Orient-Occident Literature and Theatre of Modernism and of the Avant-gardes

Prof. Dr. Christina Brandt


Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Area of specialisation

History of science, science studies

Research interests

History of the biological sciences, cloning research and reproduction research Literature and science Historical epistemology

Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau


Universität Duisburg-Essen

Area of specialisation

North American Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies

Research interests

literary and cultural history of North America politics and poetics of multicultural literature theories of knowledge uses of literature religious typology ethnic and racial stereotyping: sounds, sights, verbal features Inter-American studies

Dr. Sabrina Corbellini


University of Groningen

Area of specialisation

Medieval and Early Modern Cultural History; History of Books; History of Reading

Research interests

Late Medieval and Early Modern Reading Culture Religious Reading Cultural Translation in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Prof. Dr. Robin Michelle Curtis


Universität Düsseldorf

Area of specialisation

Media Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Studies, Bildwissenschaft, Kulturwissenschaft

Research interests

The Nature of Abstraction, Theories of Immersion, Affect and the Moving Image, the History of Filmic Avant-garde within the Context of Art History, Expanded Cinema as a precursor to contemporary Installation Art, Einfühlung, Empathy and Neuroscientific Aesthetics.

Dr. J. de Kruif


Universiteit Utrecht

Area of specialisation

Digital Humanities, Text Mining, Early Modern History

Research interests

Early Modern History of Europe. Usage of Digital Humanities techniques like text mining, network analysis.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel


Universität Augsburg

Area of specialisation

New religions, occultism, area studies, symbol research

Research interests

Development of revolutions and social movements Dynamics of the history of religion Encrypted ideas in figures and symbols The cultural history of the early modern period to the present Regional research Countries: Germany, France, Great Britain, USA and Canada

Prof. Dr. Faustina Doufikar-Aerts


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Area of specialisation

Cultural transfer and dissimination of literary, artistic and religious motifs from antiquity into the Islamic world, in particular the oriental Alexander tradition in the languages and cultures of the Middle East, Africa, central Asia and south-east Asia.

Research interests

Literary-historical research into the Alexander cycle in historical, religious, literary, philosophical and scientifical sources and popular epics from the Arabic and Islamic world Gog and Magog and Islamic eschatology Codicology and Paleography of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts Traditional art, calligraphy and miniaturepainting of the Islamic world De Susannah-tradition: interreligious and transcultural transmission of motifs in Jewish, Christian and Islamic sources Arabic popular epics: structure and liguisitic and paleographic features Wisdom literature

Prof. Dr. Heidrun Eichner


Universität Tübingen

Area of specialisation

Islamic Studies

Dr. Natalia Filatkina


Universität Trier

Area of specialisation

History of the German language

Research interests

Historical German linguistics Language change and theories of language change Historical grammar and lexicography Historical phraseology Metaphor theories Dialectology Interdisciplinary text/image relationships in the area of historical formulaic language Language and culture in the Middle Ages and the early modern period, in particular conversational culture

Prof. Dr. Eva Geulen


Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Area of specialisation

German literature from the 18th century to the present with particular emphasis on the narrative prose of the 19th century, philosophical aesthetics and literary theory from the 18th to the 21st century

Research interests

Educational discourse since the 18th century Goethe's Morphology and the history of its reception in the 20th century Literature and law

Prof. Nilüfer Göle


Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Area of specialisation

contemporary study of Islam and secularism, related with gender, art, space issues, private-public distinctions in Europe, as well as in Muslim-majority countries such as in Turkey

Research interests

Public Space Islam Secularism Multiple modernities

Prof. Dr. Silke Göttsch-Elten


Universität Kiel

Area of specialisation

Ethnology, European ethnology

Research interests

Popular culture in the 18th and 19th centuries Concepts of the middle-class citizenry Knowledge research Constructions of identity in border regions Popular culture

Prof. Dr. Erika Greber († 31.07.2011)


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Area of specialisation

Comparative literature, Slavic studies

Research interests

General literary theory, comparative media studies, mediality of literature, intermediality (particularly verbal & visual media) Interculturality: cultural contact, cultural transfer, translation, migration, bilingualism, imagology, intercultural communication Gender studies and feminist literary theory Narratology Lyrical traditions and lyrical analysis Genre theory and history: the sonnet, sestina, visual poetry, epistolary novel Literary combinatorics, literary games (anagrams, palindromes, ambigrams) Text beginnings Research concentration on eastern Europe, especially Germano-Slavica: literary and cultural relations, east/west discourse, translation, bilingualism, migration/exile

Prof. Ann Heirman


UGent

Area of specialisation

Buddhism; Study of regions: Asia; Cultural history

Research interests

Buddhist monastic traditions; Buddhist material culture

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Lena Henningsen


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Area of specialisation

Chinese Studies / Sinology

Research interests

Chinese Literature and Culture (20th and 21st century) Underground, semi-official and illegal literature Plagiarism Chinese Music

Prof. Dr. C.L. Hofman


Universiteit Leiden

Area of specialisation

Archaeology of the Caribbean and Amazonia

Research interests

Caribbean Archaeology Island Archaeology Mobility and Exchange Geochemical analyses Pre-colonial cosmovision Culture contact studies

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Hollender


Goethe University Frankfurt/Main

Area of specialisation

Jewish Studies

Research interests

Mediaeval Hebrew literature (in particular, liturgical poetry, liturgy, commentarial literature) Rituals and their development Interreligious contacts and their effects Judaism in the 19th centuries

Prof. Dr. Fleur Kemmers


Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Area of specialisation

Archaeology and numismatics

Research interests

Roman archaeology Antique numismatics Ancient history

Prof. Dr. Christa Kilian-Hatz


Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Area of specialisation

African studies

Research interests

Pygmy languages of Africa as a source of information on the proto-language of humanity Documenting the grammar of Khwe (a language of Namibia) Language change, linguistic typology and pedagogy in cases of reading/writing impairments

Dr. Yvonne Kleinmann


Universität Leipzig

Area of specialisation

Eastern European history

Research interests

History of religion History of law Legal anthropology Jewish history History of migration Theory of history

Dr. Silja Klepp


University of Bremen

Area of specialisation

Legal Anthropology; Political Anthropology; Mobility Studies; Migration, Political Ecology; Environmental Anthropology; Science, Technology and Society (STS)

Research interests

Migration regimes and border regimes Transnationalisation and globalisation processes Environmental migration Social and cultural effects of climate change Mediterranean region Oceania European Union

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Knörr


Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology

Area of specialisation

Political anthropology, urban anthropology, anthropology of migration, ethnolinguistics, creole studies, cognitive anthropology, ethnosociology

Research interests

Thematic interests: Integration and conflict, ethnic and cultural diversity, cultural contact, identity, migration/remigration, creoleness and creolisation, postcolonial societies, nationalism, ethnicity, transnationalism, indigenisation, ethnogenesis, diaspora, expatriate communities, urban anthropology, gender Regional interests: West Africa, Indonesia, Central Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands), Caribbean, maritime societies (Atlantic and Indian Ocean)

PD Dr. Sabine Koller


Universität Regensburg

Area of specialisation

Slavic studies and Yiddish studies

Research interests

Literary and cultural theories; intermediality; intertextuality; Russian and Yiddish literature of the 19th and 20th centuries; literature and paintings by the Jews of eastern Europe; intertextual relationships among the (eastern-European Jewish) literatures in Russian, Polish and Yiddish; cities as texts (research concentration: Russian literature)

Prof. Dr. Barbara Korte


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Area of specialisation

English literature and cultural studies

Research interests

Popular representations of history Travel literature Depictions of war in literature, film and journalism Heroism and the portrayal of heroes British literature and culture since the 19th century Postcolonial literatures

Dr. Giselinde Maniouschka Marije Kuipers


University of Amsterdam

Area of specialisation

cultural sociology; media sociology; sociology of globalization; comparative-historical sociology

Research interests

culture; globalization; humor; beauty; media; cultural industries; Europe; cross-national comparison; nation differences

Prof. Ulrike Landfester


Universität St. Gallen

Area of specialisation

German Language and Literature

Research interests

European Culture Body Poetics Johann Wolfgang Goethe The Future of the Humanities Edition philology

Prof. Dr. Verena Lepper


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Area of specialisation

Egyptology, Oriental Studies

Research interests

Egyptian and Oriental Papyri and Manuscripts Egyptian literature (particularly genre issues and methods) Relations between Egypt and the Near East Jews in Egypt (the Persian era) Religion of the Amarna period Egyptian art history Museum work History of Egyptology Egyptian-Coptic language (particularly lexicon and syntax)

Prof. Vivian Liska


University of Antwerp

Area of specialisation

German Literature (19th-20th century); Modernism, Comparative Literature; German-Jewish Literature and Thought; Literature and Philosophy

Research interests

German-Jewish Literature and Thought Modernism Literary Theory Literature and Philosophy

Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss


Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg

Area of specialisation

Jewish Studies / Judaic studies with a focus on Jewish mediaeval studies; biblical exegesis and literary theory; history of Jewish biblical interpretation in the 19th and 20th centuries

Research interests

Mediaeval Hebrew cultural and literary history

Prof. Dr. Christina Lutter


Universität Wien

Area of specialisation

Medieval and Early Modern History, Central European History, Cultural and Gender History

Research interests

Medieval Religious Reform Movements Medieval Visions and Practices of Community Monastic, Urban, and Courtly Cultures in High and Late Medieval Central Europe Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Gender and Emotions Kinship and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Europe History and Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Dr. Therese Martin


Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid

Area of specialisation

History of Medieval Art and Architecture

Research interests

Women's contributions to medieval art and architecture Art of the three faiths of medieval Iberia Romanesque architecture and sculpture Spanish medieval palaces

Prof. Dr. Ethel Matala de Mazza


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

German Literature (18th century to present)

Research interests

History of the Political Imaginary, Theory and History of Genres, Interrelations between Law and Literature, Cultural Theory

Prof. Dr. Ina Merkel


Philipps-Universität Marburg

Area of specialisation

Cultural history of the GDR

Research interests

Visual anthropology Gender studies

Prof. Dr. Ruth-E. Mohrmann


Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Area of specialisation

Ethnology, European ethnology, cultural anthropology

Research interests

History of everyday life Urbanism Research into the middle class/citizenry Cultural and social history of the early modern period Research into material culture History of mentalities Visual culture Ethnology of law

Prof. Silvia Naef


Université de Genève

Area of specialisation

History of Art of the Middle East

Research interests

Modern Art of the Middle East Images and Representations in Islam

Prof. Dr. Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati


Universität Zürich

Area of specialisation

Study of Religion

Research interests

Theories and methods of the study of religion Media and religion in culture and society Image, text and visuality Film and religion Gender and religion Religion in the public space and space theories Hermeneutics in the Study of Religion History of religion in antiquity and Europe

Prof. Laura Francesca Piacentini


University of Strathclyde

Area of specialisation

Prison Sociology and Cultures of Punishment

Research interests

Prison Sociology, Russian Area Studies, cultures of punishment, rights consciousness amongst prisoners, ethnographic research in prisons and carceral spaces, penal reform, Russian prisons

Prof. Dr. Johanna Pink


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Area of specialisation

Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

Research interests

Modern history of ideas and forms of religious expressions in the Islamicate world Muslim exegesis of the Qur'an Muslims and non-Muslims Contemporary debates on Islamic law

Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria


University of Zurich (UZH)

Area of specialisation

Ethnology, sociology, anthropology, social anthropology

Research interests

Globalisation and Governance: The interplay between international institutions, subaltern states and non-state actors Anthropology of state, development, public policy: population policy and gender, privatisation of collective resources Anthropology of law, legal pluralism, transnationalisation of law Non-state institutions in the area of family law Multiple modernities and post-coloniality Civil society and social movements Research on South Asia and India

Dr. Victoria Reyes García


ICREA at Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals

Area of specialisation

Ethnoecology

Research interests

Ecological anthropology Conservation and development Indigenous peoples Protected areas and indigenous territories Ethnobotany

Dr. habil. Simone Riehl


Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Area of specialisation

Bioarchaeology, environmental archaeology

Research interests

Palaeoethnobotany The origins and evolution of agriculture Palaeoecology Environmental archaeology of the Near East Palaeoclimate models in archaeology Stable isotopes in archaeology

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl


Universität Bern

Dr. Evelyn Runge


Universität Hildesheim

Dr. Pavlína Rychterová


Institut für Mittelalterforschung der ÖAW

Area of specialisation

Bohemian studies, Slavonic studies

Research interests

Mediaeval theology and catechesis in the vernacular Hagiography History of piety Theory and methodology in history and the social sciences Eastern European history Vernacular literatures of the middle ages

Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy


Technische Universität Berlin

Area of specialisation

Art history

Research interests

Art and the transfer of culture in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries Museum and collection history Art theft and looted art

Prof. Sabine Schmidtke


Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Area of specialisation

Islamic Studies

Research interests

Bible in Arabic, Historical Theology, Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire, Islamic Intellectual History, Islamic studies, Religions, Jewish kalam, Kalam (Islamic Theology), Islamic Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Christian kalam, Interreligious Polemics, Abrahamic Religions, Cairo Genizah, Medieval Islam, Islamic Studies, Early Modern Polemics, Conversion to Islam in the Ottoman Empire, Ibn Qutayba, History of Science, Medieval Jewish Philosophy, Zaydites, Intangible Cultural Heritage (Culture), Mutazilite Thought, Orthodox Christianity, Bible in Islam; Arabic Bible; Islam and the Bible; Biqai; Tafsir and Bible; Muslims and Bible; Tahrif; Qur'an and Bible, History of Oriental studies, Eduard Glaser, Ibn Hazm, Zahirism, Ibn Abi Jumhur al-Ahsa'i, Manuscript Studies, and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi

Prof. Dr. Angela Schottenhammer


Universität Salzburg

Area of specialisation

Sinology, East-Asia studies, history

Research interests

Economic, social and cultural history of China and East Asia China's and Asia's integration into global networks Trade and cultural exchange within Asia and between China and the West The history of China's foreign relations, in particular its overseas relations Aspects of the history of technology and science (e.g., history of medicine, water engineering projects, porcelain manufacturing and the history of their reception) Inscriptions, especially grave inscriptions, trade and commercial inscriptions Graves and burial culture in Ancient China History of the Wudai period (10th cent.), Song Dynasty (10th - 13th cent.) and the late Ming through the Qing Dynasty (17th - 19th cent.) Contemporary history (economics & politics, integration into the global market)

Prof. Dr. Tatjana Schönwälder-Kuntze


Heisenbergstipendiatin am Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt

Area of specialisation

Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Theorybuilding, Philosophy of Science

Research interests

Ethics and Economic Ethics, History of Ethical and Economic Theorybuilding, Critical Theory beyond the Frankfurt School Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Sartre, Foucault, Luhmann, Judith Butler

Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter


Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Area of specialisation

Gender studies; ethnology of religion; Southeast Asia, the Islamic world

Research interests

Islamic feminism Women's rights movements in Islamic countries Political and cultural transformations in the Islamic world Multiculturality and integration

Prof. Dr. Christiane Thompson


Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Area of specialisation

Philosophy of Ecuation Cultural Research of Education Theory and History of Bildung

Research interests

Studies in Authority and Education Processes of Bildung in Today's Society "Performance" [Leistung] as Educational Problem

Prof. Dr. C.A. van Eck


Universiteit Leiden

Area of specialisation

Early modern art and architecture; rhetoric and the arts; art and anthropology

Research interests

rhetoric and the arts; art and agency; iconoclasm, idolatry and fetishism; the sublime; architecture in London and Paris in the 17th and 18th centuries

Dr. Elisabeth Vavra


Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit der ÖAW (IMAREAL)

Area of specialisation

Realia studies

Research interests

Iconography and interpretation of images Historical study of images Gender history Study of dress

Prof. Dr. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch


Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Prof. Bettina von Jagow


Universität Erfurt

Area of specialisation

German literature of the 18th-21st centuries, Modern European Jewish literature, medicine, the arts and literature

Research interests

Poetics Aesthetics of the modern era Cultures of memory and remembrance Constructions of the self within communicative processes

PD Dr. Annette Vowinckel


Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung

Area of specialisation

Zeitgeschichte, Kulturgeschichte des Politischen, Mediengeschichte, Historische Theorie

Prof. Christine Walde


Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Area of specialisation

Classical Philology, Latiin Literature and its Reception, Psychoanalysis and Classics; Exile literature; comparative literature

Research interests

Ancient Epic, Dream, Sleep and Dream interpretaion, ancient literature of trauma, Alma Johanna Koenig's Roman novels

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Weigel


Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e.V.

Dr. Karin Wiest


Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde

Area of specialisation

Comparative urban research, social and cultural geography, migration research, housing market research

Dr. Astrid Windus


Universität Hamburg

Area of specialisation

History of Latin America

Research interests

Cultural history of Latin America (colonial history, 19th century), regional emphases on the Andes, Argentina Cultural transformation processes History of communications and the media Historical anthropology Ethnohistory Identity and nation Afro-Latin America Discourse theory


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