Research in Topoi I (2007–2012)
knowledge about space
The exhaustively surveying of the two dimensions of space and knowledge in Topoi required a continual oscillation between space-driven analyses of knowledge and knowledge-driven analyses of space. In the first funding phase of Topoi, space represented the central category and thematic nexus in our considerations of knowledge. The topic was knowledge about space.
During the first funding period (2007-2012) the cluster was subdivided into five research areas. Four of them concentrated on the time from the prehistoric to late antiquity. Beside these four areas, there was the central Area Transformations (E), which studied the processing of ancient ideas of space, spatial orders and spatial cognition in later cultures down to the present day.
‘Cultural theory and its genealogies’, ‘The spread of knowledge through culture’, ‘Museums’ and ‘Space and collective identities’ were the topics of cross sectional groups. They investigated, for example, how ancient concepts of space are presented in the museums …