This project focused on repetitive plots and role patterns historians and archaeologists use to describe and explain human migration, thereby constructing landscapes of identity.


Ethnographic map of the Old World – Historical map 1893

Ethnographic map of the Old World – Historical map 1893. Click to view larger image

Wanderings and migrations have always been considered tales particularly worth telling. They figure among the most beloved themes of stories both fictional and non-fictional across the globe and throughout the ages. One critical aspect of these depictions is the way in which they connect diverse spaces in the landscape that are each linked to a particular collective identity. For this reason, they are a principal source for the analysis of spaces of identity in antiquity.

Results of the project have been presented at major international conferences  and in several publications e.g.:

Susanne Grunwald, Kerstin P. Hofmann, Daniel A. Werning and Felix Wiedemann (Eds.), Mapping Ancient Identities. Methodisch-kritische Reflexionen zu Kartierungspraktiken, Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2018

Felix Wiedemann, Kerstin P. Hofmann and Hans-Joachim Gehrke (Eds.), Vom Wandern der Völker. Migrationserzählungen in den Altertumswissenschaften, Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2017

Felix Wiedemann, “Klios Ärger mit den Söhnen Noahs. Wanderungsnarrative in den Wissenschaften vom Alten Orient und die Rolle der Völkertafel”, in: Almut-Barbara Renger and Isabel Toral-Niehoff (Eds.), Genealogie und Migrationsmythen im antiken Mittelmeerraum und auf der arabischen Halbinsel, Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2014, 59–84