Aim of this dissertation project is to reconstruct the “disintegration” of the Western Roman Empire and to develop a historical narrative using material instead of textual sources.
This project has investigated forms of authority and the authorization of knowledge from a perspective informed by modern sociological theory.
In four field seasons, carried out jointly with the University of Oxford, this research project investigated the development of two bathing complexes at Pompeii and their role in its urban development. The fieldwork results are contextualized within an overarching focus on the multifaceted phenomenon of cityscaping. This project contributes, beyond Pompeii and bathing culture, to current debates on the urbanization of Italy and the sociocultural, economic and political conditions, influences, and agents of this process.
Gesellschaftliche Bedingungen technologischer Entwicklungen im Neolithikum und frühen Chalkolithikum Turkmenistans (Z-BerGSAS-X-5)Dissertation
This dissertation project, based on a practice-theoretical background, is dedicated to the investigation of daily practice of the inhabitants of Neolithic and Eneolithic Monjukli Depe in Turkmenistan.
This concerted project investigates the two urban centers Petra and Gadara and their surrounding countryside using comparative formulations and methods in seeking to determine the causes of similar and dissimilar developments and phenomena. In order to gain an understanding of the importance of the interaction between environmental and social factors in the formation and historical development of the urban form, interaction between several disciplines is required (e.g. geography, topography, geology, meteorology, technical sciences, ecology, demography, sociology, building law, building economy and cultural studies).
The research objective to investigate processes by which urban spaces were actively appropriated in ancient cultures is in this project pursued through the study of Ancient Rome. The scope lies on examining the characteristic cityscaping of the lower strata. As the source material is often elitist in nature, great caution must be exercised in preparing a view “from below”. Access to these marginalized strata can nevertheless be obtained through a dedicated study of Roman satire.
This project analysing urban semantics in patristic texts dealt with the cultural horizons of early Christians, a religious, cultural and social fringe group in the Roman Empire. The special focus was on the considerable distance towards different aspects of ancient urban life of which Christians were accused by the Romans. This subject was approached from various angles, following the assumption that the complex phenomenon of Christian urban semantics and their space-shaping consequences could be studied only through investigating a combination of several factors.
Gesellschaftliche Bedingungen technologischer Entwicklungen im Neolithikum und frühen Chalkolithikum TurkmenistansDissertation
Ausgehend von einem praxistheoretischen Hintergrund ist das Dissertationsprojekt der Untersuchung der Alltagspraxis der Bewohner*innen des neolithischen und äneolithischen Monjukli Depes, Turkmenistan gewidmet.