Upcoming Events

Please also check the calenders of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS  and of the Collaborative Research Centre Scales of Transformation


Early career symposium "Homo homini lupus est? Menschenbilder und das Fremde: Interaktion und Wahrnehmung"

Sep 17, 2021 to Sep 18, 2021

online / virtual event

Time schedule: tba

For more information and details please contact:
Sascha Boelcke sboelcke@roots.uni-kiel.de, Catharina Müller-Liedtke cmuellerliedtke@roots.uni-kiel.de, Gido Lukas glukas@roots.uni-kiel.de, Lisa Pannek pannek@muthesius.de, or Dana Zentgraf dzentgraf@root.uni-kiel.de

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International Colloquium: Built Ritual Space

Oct 21, 2021 to Oct 23, 2021


The Use and Perception of Religious Cult Buildings in Ancient (City/Polis) Sanctuaries
This interdisciplinary colloquium explores the utilisation of enclosed roofed cult buildings (temples, churches) in ancient societies and their significance in the context of ritual and social practices in urban contexts.

The main focus will be on the Mediterranean area and the neighbouring regions and chronologically ranging from Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The geographical and chronological framework is intentionally wide to grasp the specific problem of dealing with enclosed cult buildings, usually called temples, in all their diversity.

The exact time schedule is yet to be announced.

Philipp Kobusch kobusch@klassarch.uni-kiel.de and Jan-Henrik Hartung hartung.janhenrik@gmail.com

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Conference: "The Dynamics of Neighbourhoods and Urban Quarters"

Nov 10, 2021 12:00 AM to Nov 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Conference: "The Dynamics of Neighbourhoods and Urban Quarters"


Organised by Annette Haug and Christian Beck.
More information and the program will follow.

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18-20 November / Conference: "Medical Knowledge and its 'Sitz im Leben': Body and Horror in Antiquity"

Nov 18, 2021 to Nov 20, 2021

This conference explores ancient and modern concepts of horror with reference to the human body. The aim is to examine how the body processes, affectively as well as cognitively, horrifying experiences and how it can turn itself into a source of horror, e.g. in contexts of sickness and death. While we are firmly aware of the fact that 'horror' as a largely post-Romantic concept is not unproblematic when applied to Greek and Latin texts, we will try to show that its classical antecedents and roots must be considered as they might shed light on the ways in which the horrific, as a category that shapes our encounter with various forms of art but also with life itself, is understood today.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Noel Carroll (Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA)
  • Giulia Maria Chesi (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany) 
  • Greg Eghigian (Penn State University)
  • Debbie Felton (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) 
  • Maria Gerolemou (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Lutz Alexander Graumann (University Hospital, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany)
  • Lutz Käppel (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany)
  • George Kazantzidis (University of Patras, Greece)
  • Dunstan Lowe (Kent University, UK)
  • Nick Lowe (Royal Holloway University of London, UK) 
  • Glenn Most (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy / Chicago, USA)
  • Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Rodrigo Sigala (independent, Germany)
  • Evina Sistakou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Dimos Spatharas (University of Crete, Greece)
  • Chiara Thumiger (Cluster of Excellence ROOTS, Kiel University, Germany)


Date:18-20 November 2021
Venue: The conference will take place as a hybrid meeting in Kiel (venue tba) and on zoom.

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Georgios Kazantzidis und Chiara Thumiger

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1 December / Conference: Inequalities in Supra-Regional Eurasian Exchange Networks (8000 - 2000 BP)

Dec 01, 2021

More details will follow in due time.

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