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Suggested projects of the 2nd phase (2021/22-2025)


Ph.D. students should pursue one of the topics (showcases) suggested by the members of the faculty as listed below. Further proposals developed by applicants for research projects that fit the framework of “Resonant Self–World Relations” in the above named disciplines are welcome.


In Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer (Old Testament Studies)

The impact of power-relations on resonance: Does it matter whose texts became part of the canon?

The impact of repetition on cultural memory in Ancient Israel

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Gärtner
(Classical Philology)

Templum de marmore ponam – Poetic Sacred Places in Imperial Epic as Manifestation of Mute and Resonant Self—World Relations

Sonuere tactae. Ancient Fable Collections as Resonant Narratives

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph
Heil (NewTestament Studies)

• The Resonance of Eating and Drinking in Early Christianity and its Ancient Contexts

The Resonance of Praying in Early Christianity and its Ancient Contexts

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Moebius (Sociology)

Repressing the Reality of Death and Burial Ritual in Modernity

Processes of Sacralisation in Late Modernity

Univ.-Prof. Dr Laerke Recht
(Early Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology)

The archaeology of private religion in ancient Mesopotamia

The cult of cattle in Bronze Age Cyprus: Base Ring ‘bull’ rhyta in context

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Scherrer (Archaeology)

Privatisation of salvation: Religious communities as axes of resonance in the Roman Imperial period

Living in paradies – late antique imagery as reflections of life and afterlife

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann (Ancient History)

Local tradition and re-formation of (sacred) space: border sanctuaries as centres of resonance

Worshiping Women in the Roman Empire: Ritual and cult

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz Winter (Religious Studies)

Somatic dimensions in the ritual practice of the new religious movement Terra Sagrada. An analysis with reference to Rosa’s theory of ‘resonance’

Sacred texts’ as resources of world-orientation and self-optimisation. A case study in the modern reception of the Indian Upanishads.

Coordination Erfurt

Dr. Elisabeth Begemann


Coordination Graz

Dr. Anna-Katharina Rieger

Phone:+43 316 380 - +43 (0)316 380 - 2391

Doctoral positions are open for the study year 2023/24. Deadline extended (end of April. For further information on the call see here.

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