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The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1167 "Macht and Herrschaft – Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective" is an interdisciplinary combined research project located at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bonn. Since July 1, 2016, we – 53 members and about 20 other researchers from 15 disciplines of the humanities – have been researching premodern phenomena of Macht ('power') and Herrschaft ('domination') in 20 sub-projects. We examine cases from Asia, Europe and Northern Africa, extending over a period of more than 5,000 years. The aim of our transcultural approach to research is to add a more profound dimension to our understanding of modern conditions in a globalised world, to challenge common narratives and a strict separation of 'modernity' and 'premodernity', and to overcome, or at least level out, Eurocentric ways of thinking and researching. In doing so, we are placing ourselves in the Transdisciplinary Research Area (TRA) "Past Worlds and Modern Questions. Cultures Across Time and Space" at the University of Bonn. The CRC is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


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