About Johanna Mestorf Academy

A new sustainable institution, the Johanna Mestorf Academy (JMA), has been founded as a central institution of Kiel University in December 2011. It is named after Johanna Mestorf (1828-1909), who conducted archaeological and ethnographic research in Kiel and was the first female museum director (1891) and professor (1899) in Germany/Prussia. The JMA promotes research and education pertaining to the field of ‘Societal, Environmental, Cultural Change’ (Kiel SECC), which is one of the four research foci of CAU.

The Graduate School ‘Human Development in Landscapes’ is at the core of both Johanna Mestorf Academy and Kiel SECC. The most important partner of the Graduate School is the ‘Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology’ (ZBSA) of Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, which is involved in the founding of the JMA. This longstanding cooperation is regulated by an official cooperation agreement, which is reinforced by the JMA and reflected directly in the organisational structure.

Objectives

Members of the JMA will carry out research within all disciplines related to aspects of Social-Environmental Change and Landscape Archaeology listed below:

Archaeoinformatics; Archaeozoology; Archaeobotany; Historical Geobotany; Plant Ecology; Ecosystem Research; Landscape Ecology; Geoinformation; Soil Science; Mineralogy; Microanalysis of Materials; Materials Science; Geophysics; Physical Geography; Isotope Research; Palaeoclimatology; Prehistoric Archaeology; Historic Archaeology; Classical Archaeology; Ancient History; Social and Economic History; Regional History; Economic Regional Research; Classical Philology; Social Psychology; Medicine; Human Biology; Molecular Biology; Psychology; Medieval and Modern Church History; European Ethnology; Environmental History; Environmental Archaeology; Environmental Anthropology; Multimedia Information Processing.

The aims of the JMA

  • to strengthen interdisciplinary research within the CAU and with national and international partners;
  • to develop joint projects;
  • to enhance cooperation between university and non-university research;
  • to focus on research and education competence;
  • to develop and further research orientated academic training for young researchers;
  • to support PhD students, including career advice;
  • to develop, setup and maintain research infrastructure and technical platforms;
  • to gather mutual information on research projects and results;
  • to promote knowledge transfer and public outreach.

CAU employs a sophisticated infrastructural scheme where resources and expertise supporting research are organised in platforms and governed by the research foci. The new JMA will therefore provide the governance for the further development of the infrastructures and the GS in a long-term perspective.

The Johanna Mestorf Academy was established at the plenary meeting of the Graduate School on December 1st, 2011, and installed as a central institution by the Senate of Kiel University on December 14th. The academic members of the Graduate School voted in favour of being first members of the JMA. They appointed the newly elected Executive Board of the Graduate School as the first Executive Board of the JMA. Furthermore, they appointed the first Directors of the JMA – Johannes Müller as speaker of the GS and Claus von Carnap-Bornheim as Director of the Foundation for State Museums of Schleswig-Holstein at Schloss Gottorf.

Structure

The Johanna-Mestorf-Academy joins expertise from a wide range of disciplines, as represented by 16 institutes from five CAU Faculties, the Schloss Gottorf Archaeological State Museum, and the Center of Baltic and Scnadinavian Archaeology (ZBSA).
Currently the staff of the JMA consists of 25 Principal Investigators, an additional 22 Investigators, 14 scientists and a substantial number of non-scientific members of the participating institutes, three Junior Professors, a Scientific Coordinator, and three postdoctoral fellows. The School’s organisational structure ensures cross-institutional and autonomous decisions while being fully embedded within the existing university structures.

Directors:

Prof. Dr. Claus von Carnap-Bornheim (ZBSA)
Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller (JMA; acting director)

Executive Commitee Members:

Directors: Prof. Dr. J. Müller; Prof. Dr. Claus von Carnap-Bornheim
Cluster 1: Prof. Dr. Annette Haug (Deputy: Prof. Dr. Lutz Käppel)
Cluster 2: PD Dr. Oliver Nakoinz (Deputy: PD Dr. Mara Weinelt)
Cluster 3: Prof. Dr. Cheryl Makarewicz (Deputy: Prof. Dr. Almut Nebel)
Platform 1: Dr. Walter Dörfler (Deputy: PD Dr. Mara Weinelt)
Platform 2: Prof. Dr. Wiebke Kirleis (Deputy: Prof. Dr. Ben Krause-Kyora)
Platform 3: Prof. Dr. Lutz Käppel (Deputy: t.b.a.)

Advisory Board:

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Bichler, Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altorientalistik der Universität Innsbruck.
Dr. Simon Haberle, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University
Prof. Dr. Andreas Lang, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool
Prof. Dr. Pierre Monnet, Institut Français d’Histoire en Allemagne, Frankfurt/ Main
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Parzinger, Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Prof. Dr. Stephen Shennan, Institute of Archaeology, University College of London
Prof. Dr. Helle Vandkilde, Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics, University of Aarhus

News

  • March 29, 2019

    Visit Advisory Board CRC 1266

     The Scientific Advisory Board visits the CRC 1266

    March 25, 2019

    2019 International Workshop

     2019 International Open Workshop

    March 26, 2019

    Arte Docu

     Experimental crop cultivation by CRC 1266 members staged in a new documentary

    March 25, 2019

    MN V-Workshop Results

     The international MN V-Workshop 2019 resulted in a new understanding of the Store-Valby phenomenon

    March 22, 2019

    Haug_Portrait

     2019 Wissenschaftspreis awarded to classical archaeologist Annette Haug

    March 6, 2019

    Honorary Medal Poznan University

     Honorary Medal of the Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań awarded to CRC speaker Johannes Müller

    February 21, 2019

    EPHA

     EPHA - European Prehistoric and Historic Atlas

    February 11, 2019

    MN V-Workshop

     MN V-Workshop: The Store-Valley Phenomenon

    January 16, 2019

    Cover_Schultrich

     Launch of CRC Book Series: STPAS

     

    November 13, 2018

    Open Workshop

     International Open Workshop "The Creation of Landscapes VI": Call for Papers extended until 30 Nov!

    October 22, 2018

    ROOTS_6Bilder

     The 2018 JMA Plenary and the first ROOTS PIs Meeting

    October 20, 2018

    Hellenistic Architecture

     International Colloquium: "Hellenistic Architecture and Human Action - A case of Reciprocal Influence"

    October 12, 2018

    Blog Comics Book

     "Did you again only find some old broken stuff?" The Blog is now available as book!

    October 2, 2018

    Press release: green light for ROOTS! 

    Moldawien_stolniceni

    October 1, 2018

    Cluster of Excellence ROOTS Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity approved! 

    Stymphalos_Bohren

    September 18, 2018

    Nacht der Wissenschaft

     "Knowledge is Night" CRC 1266 at the European Researcher´s Night

    September 14, 2018

    Bornhoved

     Bornhöved excavation open to the public on Sunday

    March 12, 2018

    PhD Seminar and Workshop "Building Big" nagaland workshopPhD International Seminar and Workshop 12-14 March in Kohima, Nagaland (India)

    Februar 27, 2018

    Silvia Balatti receives Book AwardBalatti Award

    Ancient historian and GSHDL Alumna Silvia Balatti honoured with the Book Award for her work on the "Mountain Peoples in the Ancient Near East: The Case of the Zagros in the First Millennium BCE”.

    October 27, 2017

    ICE-4 named after Johanna Mestorf ICE_4The Deutsche Bahn AG Chooses the First German Female Professor of Archaeology as a Name Giver for a New      ICE-4 Train.

    October 23, 2017

    Making cultural heritage digitally accessible. Europe-wide partnership led by Kiel University for modern teaching in Classical Archaeology.

    October 23, 2017

    "Auf den Spuren bronzezeitlicher Gemeinschaften in Nord- und Mitteleuropa" - Talk by Jutta Kneisel at the AGSH, Kiel on the 25th of October 2017

    October 18, 2017

    Silk Road Workshop held in Kiel. Workshop: "The Rise and Fall: Environmental Factors in the Socio-Cultural Changes of the Ancient Silk Road Area"
Publications

  • April 11, 2019

    Di Maida Sicily

    Early seafaring: Sicily later populated as previously thought

    March 21, 2019

    Cover_Yang_et_al_2019

    Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road

    February 18, 2019

    Bronze Age People

     Bronze Age People: Newest research on population genetics, life style and culture in the Caucasus

    January 9, 2019

    Großstein

    A recent study shows numbers for the population development in Europe and the Near East from 6000 to 1000 B.C.

    January 7, 2019

    Cover_PastLandscape1

    "Past Landscapes": New edited volume by the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes"

    November 23, 2018

    Mesolithic_The Holocene

    New Publication New SFB 1266 - B2 publication in The Holocene: Early Mesolithic activities at ancient Lake Duvensee

    November 15, 2018

    Kakucs-Turján

    New Publication Archaeobotanical results from the Middle Bronze Age Carpathian Basin: Plant Economy in Kakucs-Turján

    November 15, 2018

    Step by step isotopes

    New Publication Step by step - The Neolithisation of Northern Central Europe in the light of the stable isotope analyses

    November 2, 2018

    Millet_Antiquity

    New Publication CRC1266 announces "Millet Dating Programme" in Antiquity Project Gallery

    May 14, 2018

    Stone Age Hepatitis

    New Publication Current CRC 1266 aDNA research: Stone Age hepatitis B virus decoded

    March 26, 2018

    Taylor et al 2018 - Nature Scientific Report
    New Publication Hermes T.R., Frachetti M.D., Bullion E.A., Maksudov F., Mustafokulov S., Makarewicz C.A., 2018: Urban and nomadic isotopic niches reveal dietary connectivities along Central Asia’s Silk Roads, Nature Scientific Reports, Article number: 22995. doi: 10.1038/srep 54888.

    March 21, 2018


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    Groß D., Zander A., Boethius A., Dreibrodt S., Grøn O., Hansson A., Jessen C., Koivisto S., Larsson L., Lübke H., Nilsson B., 2018: People, lakes and seashores: Studies from the Baltic Sea basin and adjacent areas in the early and Mid-Holocene, Quaternary Science Reviews 185, 27-40. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.01.021.

    January 08, 2018
    New Publication
    Examples of settlement plans in Central and Southeast Europe.
    M. Wieckowska-Lüth, S. Solheim, A. Schülke, W. Kirleis, 2018: Towards a refined understanding of the use of coastal zones in the Mesolithic: New investigations on human–environment interactions in Telemark, southeastern Norway. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 17 (2018) 839-851. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.045

    October 23, 2017

    New PublicationsMüller_2017_Bild
    Müller J., 2017: From the Neolithic to the Iron Age – Demography and Social Agglomeration. The Development of Centralized Control, in Fernández-Götz M. and Krause D. (eds.), Eurasia at the Dawn of History. Urbanization and Social Change, New York, Cambridge University Press, 106–124.

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