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Spannungsfeld B

Spannungsfeld B_englischThe projects located in Spannungsfeld B intend to examine aspects of power and domination, which have been recently discussed primarily on the basis of European examples, on a transcultural basis, without a priori postulating a personal or transpersonal character of premodern power and domination. In so doing, we start from the observation that power and domination are always bound to persons.

But how are they made perceptible and implemented beyond the immediate environment of the individual rulers' personalities? How do we succeed in passing on these positions to other people? What happens if the ruling person is not even capable of acting?

These questions address the problems that are to be dealt with in the context of this Spannungsfeld, using, for instance, the examples of the European and Japanese Middle Ages or the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 17th century, i.e. forms of representation, succession arrangements and the phenomenon of regency. However, the tension between personality and transpersonality can also be grasped in stereotypes and ideal conceptions.




The international conference on Spannungsfeld B, "Die Macht des Herrschers – personale und transpersonale Aspekte" , took place from November 23 to 25, 2017.

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

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

Click here for the conference proceedings







Coordination of the Spannungsfeld:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Becher


PIs: Prof. Dr. Karina Kellermann/Dr. Birgit Zacke (German Medieval Studies)

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

PI: Prof. Dr. Irina A. Dumitrescu (English Medieval Studies)

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

PI: Prof. Dr. Elke Brüggen (German Medieval Studies)

PI: Prof. Dr. Mechthild Albert (Romance Studies)

PIs: PD Dr. Detlev Taranczewski/Jun.-Prof. Dr. Daniel F. Schley (Japanese Studies)

PI: Prof. Dr. Konrad Klaus (Indian Studies)

PIs: Prof. Dr. Dittmar Dahlmann/Prof. Dr. Martin Aust (Eastern European History)

PI: Prof. Dr. Andrea Stieldorf (Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Science)

PI: Prof. Dr. Ludwig D. Morenz (Egyptology)


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