Topoi Feature — Spotlight on Topoi Research

Topoi-Topic offers brief insights into current research questions and Topoi projects selected at random. You can find a complete overview of topics and research areas as well as detailed project descriptions in the Research section.

Topoi in der Schule
Das Projekt "Altertum in der Schule" zielt auf ein besseres gegenseitiges Verständnis zwischen Schule und Universität und entwickelt zugleich praxistaugliche Formate der Vermittlung …
Neue Horizonte
Summer School “Opening the Landscape. Methods in Landscape Archaeology” des Berliner Antike-Kollegs, 29.8.-3.9.2016
Rückblick: Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2016
... von prähistorischer Schmiedetechnik über eine archäologische Grabung bis hin zu römischer Kochkunst — auch diese Jahr gab es bei der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften im Topoi Haus Dahlem einiges zu erleben …
Berlin — Hauptstadt der Antike
Institutionenübergreifende Großforschungsprojekte in den Altertumswissenschaften gab es in Berlin bereits im 19. Jahrhundert – Hermann Parzinger, Präsident der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, zeichnet die Geschichte Berlins als Hauptstadt der Antike nach …
The Soul is an Octopus
Wo ist ihr Sitz im Körper? Was geschieht, wenn ein Mensch krank wird, und was trägt zu seiner Heilung bei? Antike Mediziner und Philosophen stellten sich Fragen wie diese, um zu verstehen, was der Mensch ist und wie er funktioniert…
A Bookshelf for Data
In the Edition Topoi, research data can be published for long-term accessability …
Wenn Archäologen anfangen, von Innovationen zu reden, kommen sie irgendwann zum Wollschaf. Das Wollschaf ... ?
Edition Topoi
Die Publikationsreihe von Topoi als Forum zum Austausch für Forscherinnen und Forscher – on- und offline …
Ein Forschungsprojekt zur Geschichte des Museumsinselwettbewerbs von 1883 und seiner vielen Schwestern …
Afterlife of Antiquity
The focus of the research project "Books and space in the (early) Middle Ages" is to analyse connections between the illuminated book and real, imagined and metaphorical spaces ...
Upside Down
New location: The touring exhibition Auf den Kopf gestellt | Welt-Bilder – Bild-Welten is moving again and will be shown in Bonn from 14th June 2nd August 2013 at Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn, Ahrstr. 45, 53175 Bonn. Open from Monday to Friday: 8 am – 19 pm.
Mathematical Astronomy
Within the research project "Mathematical astronomy in Babylonia" (D-1-1) Emily Villey investigates how the sky and the earth are represented in astronomical texts written during Late Antiquity.
The project "Archaeotopia" (C-3-5) investigates the production, appropriation and consumption of archaeological heritage spaces and their role in the formation of collective identities.
The Partition of the Soul
Where is the soul located? Plato and Aristotle considered the soul to be the ability possessed by beings that enables them to do the things they usually do.
Excellent co-operation: DRS Fellowship COFUND
Two international fellows have taken up their scientific work at Topoi co-funded by the Marie Curie COFUND program of the European Commission and the the Dahlem Research School (DRS). The goal of the fellowship program, established in 2011, is the promotion and career advancement of young international researchers.
Living in a museum – Space for identity?
Within the research group Space & Collective Identities (E-CSG-V) Monica Hanna and Gemma E. Tully explore the relationships between communities and archaeology in Egypt. Both collaborate in a cross-disciplinary project - together with Topoi.
The City as Site of Discourse
In one of its sub-projects, Group C-IV (Topoi 1) spotlights the city space as the site of public discourse in a political, as well as a cultural and religious, dimension. The project focuses on the unique character of three metropolises of late antiquity – Antioch on the Orontes, Milan and Rome – in the transition period between traditional paganism and increasingly influential Christendom at the end of the 4th century.
Spatial Prepositions in Hieroglyphic Ancient Egyptian and nine other languages
Languages differ in respect to the linguistic devices they use to encode simple static spatial relations. Many languages use prepositions for that purpose. They divide the cognitive space of possible spatial relations into different subspaces. In this project, Daniel Werning investigated the corresponding semantic maps of simple spatial relations in Hieroglyphic Ancient Egyptian, Akkadian, Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
Mobility, Migration and Innovation
Spatially oriented and spatially effective innovations like wagons and draft animals, early herding and nomadism have influenced the demographic, social historical, and cultural historical development of antiquity.
Kathryn Piquette's research examines some of the world’s first writing (c.3100-c.2500 BCE), including proto-cuneiform from southern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and Egyptian hieroglyphic and hieratic from the lower Nile Valley, as well as contemporary artistic evidence from both regions.
Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum
The editing and translation project Corpus Agrimensorum Romanorum revives the texts of the Roman gromatics, which were named after the most popular surveying instrument, the `groma`.
Rückblick auf Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften im Jahr 2011
Mit über 1500 Besuchern war die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften im Topoi-Haus Dahlem auch im Jahr 2011 ein großer Erfolg. Mit Vortragsreihen und Aktionen präsentierten sich das Cluster, befreundete Institute der Freien Universität und das Deutsche Archäologische Institut.
Cosmos and Earth. Ancient and Modern Maps
Maps document how certain societies inhabit, control or explore space. Therefore, they are of a central importance in the external representation of spatial knowledge.
Exhibition: “Antike Welten”
Greek coinage is more than only an antique currency: They display the reproduction of spaces and places. The Berliner Antikensammlung is showing its newly conceived Greek art exhibition on the main floor of the Altes Museum...