PP 1173/1: Integration and Disintegration of Civilisations in the European Middle Ages


In July 2005, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) established a medievalist Priority Programme called Integration and Disintegration of Civilizations in the European Middle Ages (PP 1173). The programme will be financed for a period of six years and comprehends 21 research projects in 12 different disciplines (Archaeology, Art History, Byzantine Studies, Eastern European History, German Literature and Language, History of Architecture, Islamic and Jewish Studies, Medieval History, Philosophy, Theology, and Turkish Studies) during the first two years of funding. The research projects are located at 14 different German universities but are closely linked by workshops, conferences and summer schools. The Priority Programme is coordinated by Professor Michael Borgolte (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Professor Bernd Schneidmüller (University of Heidelberg). At both universities two young scholars are working as coordinators. They take part in the Priority Programme with their own research projects. The guiding idea of the Priority Programme is the presumption that Europe has never been made up of one monolithic culture. One purpose of the research programme is not to discover or even affirm a European identity at all, but rather to ask, in a strictly scientific way, for the dialectics of integrating and disintegrating processes. Therefore, the Priority Programme cannot rely on the tradition of national historiography and restrain itself to the agenda of medieval disciplines that work separately from each other. On the contrary, the Programme needs to apply interdisciplinary and transcultural approaches. This is accounted for by linking research projects that deal with the Occident, Byzantine or Russian orthodoxy, Judaism and Islam.
The Priority Programme approaches the subject matter of integration and disintegration of civilizations in the European Middle Ages on three levels, which is reflected by the installation of three separate working sections. The first section investigates the perception of and the mental and intellectual confrontation with the other or stranger, Section B deals with real encounters between individuals and/or groups and the third section goes beyond the history of relations between civilisations and asks, by the means of transcultural comparative studies, for the reasons of difference and the opportunities to overcome them.

Principal Investigators
Borgolte, Michael Prof. Dr. phil. (Details) (Medieval History I)

Duration of Project
Start date: 07/2005
End date: 09/2007

Research Areas
Humanities and Social Sciences

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