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.


In the second funding phase of the Excellence Cluster Topoi (2012 – 2017) twenty-three “research groups” worked in four areas. Each research group had an overarching problem, and each project within the group investigated individual aspects of this problem. The goal was to pose interdisciplinary research questions that can be explored in individual projects with the aid of field-specific expertise. Networking between the areas was facilitated by two formats: the Key Topics and the Topoi Lab.
In the project period November 2017 to December 2018, Topoi focuses on topics that have emerged in the first two funding phases of the Cluster (2007-2017) and have opened up new perspectives and potential for further research. Within the scope of short projects, partial aspects of these topics will be examined in more detail on the basis of previous research.


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

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