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Suggested projects of the first phase (2017-2021/22)


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

Prof. Dr. Irmtraud Fischer (Old Testament Studies)

• On the resonance of cult sites in Ancient Israel: From the takeover of Canaanite sanctuaries by the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah to the centralisation of cults by Josiah to the construction of biblical memorials in Christian late antiquity

• On gendering resonance: Resonance and the (lacking) reception of biblical traditions of interpretation by women

Prof. Dr. Ursula Gärtner
(Classical Philology)

• Religious ritual practices in ancient epic of the Imperial period: Resonance and poetology

• Templum de marmore ponam: Poetic sacred places as manifestation of mute and resonant self–world relations

Prof. Dr. Christoph
Heil (NewTestament Studies)

• The apostle Paul’s individual conversion as the loss of old and the gain of new resonance

• Hierarchy and equality in Pauline house churches

Prof. Dr. Eveline Krummen (Classical Philology)

• Religious practices and resonance in public space: Pausanias as a source for sacred objects, monuments and spaces

• Ekphrasis and resonance: Representation and reflection of resonance within texts and images in a religious context. The example of Attic tragedy

Prof. Dr. Stephan Moebius (Sociology)

• Repressing the reality of death and burial rites in modernity

• Processes of sacralisation in late modernity

Prof. Dr. Peter Scherrer (Archaeology)

• Andronitis and gynaikonitis as spaces of resonance: Simultaneous residing and living in a public and private house

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


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spickermann (Ancient History)

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

• Holding on to the old: Pagan provincial religion and the Christian state in late antiquity

In Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Kai Brodersen (Classics, Ancient History)

• Curative stones?

• The creation of holy sites and early pilgrimage

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Martschukat
(North American History)

• Worshipping nature and the body: The personal, political, and spiritual dimension of the alternative food movement in the 1970s

• Personal testimonies and conversion experiences in the age of fitness

Prof. Dr. Dr. Georgia Petridou (Classics, Ancient Greek History)

• Resonating bodies: Anatomical votives and incubation rituals in the Asclepieion of Pergamum

• Resonating Mysteries in the Second Sophistic. An exploration of the mysteric language and iconography in Lucian’s Alexander the Pseudo-Prophet and Galen’s On the Usefulness
of the Parts

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa (Sociology)

• Rock concerts and football stadiums as ‘bowls of hysteria’

• Does the world fall silent or continue to sing? On revitalising religious ritual practices in secular contexts

Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (Religious Studies)

• Platform of encounters or a table for offerings?

• Is there somebody else out there? Polemics and counter-polemics on ancient astral religion

Prof. Dr. Markus Vinzent (History of Theology, Patristics)

• The reception of the gospels as a practice of world adaptation

• Purpose and relation of non-historicising and historicising early Christian narratives
Prof. Dr. Katharina Waldner(Religious Studies)

• Resonating presence after death? The depositio ad sanctos in late antiquity

• The body as medium in initiation rituals (teletaí) of ancient religion
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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