At the heart of the Excellence Cluster Topoi stands the interplay of space and knowledge in the formation and transformation of ancient cultures and societies.


There are twenty-three “research groups” working in four areas. Each research group has an overarching problem, and each project within the group investigates individual aspects of this problem. The goal is to pose interdisciplinary research questions that can be explored in individual projects with the aid of field-specific expertise. Networking between the areas is facilitated by two formats: the Key Topics and the Topoi Lab.


Given the methodological diversity and richness of the different research areas, there is an enormous potential for mutual catalyzation and networking in Topoi. There are three graduated types of cross-group interaction: (1) Key Topics, (2) Topoi Lab, and (3) Forums …

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