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Spannungsfeld A

Spannungsfeld A_englischThe projects located in Spannungsfeld A are devoted to the tension between rulers, elites and the ruled, which oscillates between these two poles. All projects examine strategies that have served to legitimise and stabilise existing configurations of power and domination in the long term. Sacral strategies of legitimation will be examined on the basis of the Imperium Romanum, Mughal India or Tibet between the 16th and 19th centuries. Self-assurance in ritual is shown in the ruler's communication with subordinates or outsiders. Despite all strategies of legitimation, however, the stability of power and rule is always endangered, making it necessary to adapt to changing conditions time and again.

Plakat_Tagung_Spannungsfeld A



The international conference on Spannungsfeld A, "Vormoderne Herrschaften zwischen Konflikt und Konsens – Stabilität und Instabilität" / "Premodern Rulers between Conflict and Consensus – The Potential for (In)Stability", took place from November 7 to 9, 2018. The conference contributions will soon be published in the CRC publication series ʻMacht und Herrschaftʼ.

Click here for the follow-up report (in German)

Click here for the conference report on H-Soz-Kult (external link, in German)






Coordination of the Spannungsfeld:

Prof. Dr. Konrad Vössing


PI: Prof. Dr. Peter Schwieger (Tibetan Studies)

PIs: Prof. Dr. Matthias Becher/Dr. Linda Dohmen (Medieval History)

PI: Prof. Dr. Eva Orthmann (Islamic Studies)

PI: Dr. des. Timo Bremer (Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology)

PI: Prof. Dr. Stephan Conermann (Islamic Studies)

PI: Prof. Dr. Konrad Vössing (Ancient History)

PI: Prof. Dr. Ralph Kauz (Chinese Studies)

PI: Prof. Dr. Christian Schwermann (Chinese Studies)

PI: Prof. Dr. Jan Bemmann (Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology)

PI: PD Dr. Alheydis Plassmann (Medieval History)

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