Giusto Traina is a specialist of ancient history. His first studies concerned landscapes (especially marginal lands), earthquakes, and ancient technology. In the last years he was interested in Classical and Oriental (especially Armenian) history, geography and historiography. He is currently writing a book on the kingdom of Greater Armenia (188 BCE-428 CE), working at the same time on late antique conceptions of geography.
Gerd Graßhoff – Professor for History and Philosophy of Science, formerly at Bern University, now Professor for History of Ancient Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2010 Gerd Graßhoff has been director of the Excellence Cluster Topoi. His research fields cover the history of ancient science from Babylonian astronomy to Modern Times, methods of scientific discovery and philosophical models of causal reasoning.
Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum is Professor of Assyriology (Languages and History of the Ancient Near East) at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include Assyrian language, history, and culture, the edition of cuneiform texts, the economic, social and political history of Ancient Mesopotamia and adjacent regions, the perception of time and time-keeping in early societies and the “Wirkungsgeschichte”, that is tradition, impact, transformation of Ancient Near Eastern civilizations including aspects of the history of science. Furthermore, Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum is directing partner in the ANR-DFG cooperative research initiative HIGEOMES. Within Topoi, Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum is member of the Executive Board, spokesperson of Area B ‘Historical Spaces’, and member of several research groups.