IKGF: Reflections and future opportunities (2016)

Length: 13min 26sec

Interview of the IKGF Directors (2016)

In the dialogue between Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner and Prof. Dr. Klaus Herbers, the directors of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF) talk about the collaboration in the past seven years since 2009 and the results of the first funding period. They reflect the various events, publications, and other formats established at the IKGF. Besides the review of the achievements, they discuss the adjustments of the IKGF agenda. Furthermore they talk about the planned research in the second funding period and about future projects which concerns most prominently the handbook projects and the “new materiality”.


Anyang - An Example for the History of Chinese Archeology Studies (2014)

Length: 13min 27sec

Interview with Prof. Su

An Interview by Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner with Prof. Dr. Su Rongyu and Prof. Dr. Iwo Amelung

In the conversation with Michael Lackner, Su Rongyu talks among others about his academic career at the Xi'an Jiaotong University. Furthermore he explains the development of Chinese archeology under western influence. The relationship of the Yinxu Ruins at Anyang and the Gu Jiegang's Doubting Antiquity School is a concern of Iwo Amelung as well as the importance of writing. For Michael Lackner, it was a matter to emphasize the relationship of Anyang's archeology with divination and its tradition. Another subject of the discussion is the transporting of the archeological material from Anyang to Taiwan and other parts of the world.


"Prolongatio Vitae": A Link between Sciences and Humanities (2013)

Length: 13min 44sec

Interview with Prof. Dr. Paravicini Bagliani

A dialogue between Prof. Klaus Herbers and Prof. Agostino Paravicini Bagliani

At the IKGF, Agostino Paravicini Bagliani has worked on the possibilities and methods of life prolongation at the papal court. In his interview with Klaus Herbers, he illustrates the functions and aims of his home institution, SISMEL, in Florence, and elucidates the transformation of humanities to deal with topics like alchemy, divination and astrology. Naturally, the then upcoming conference on divination and practical sciences in Arabic sources (January 2014) in cooperation with International Union of Academies is envisioned.


Fate, Freedom and Free Will: Discourses on Chinese Tragedy (2013)

Length: 8min 54sec

Interview with Prof. Dr. Natascha Gentz

An Interview by Nikola Chardonnens with Prof. Natascha Gentz

China’s encounter with the Western World, the reception of European Modernity and Chinese conceptual history – among others, these are the topics addressed in the research of the director of the Asian Studies Department of the University of Edinburgh, Natascha Gentz. In conversation with Nikola Chardonnens, she emphasizes the unique atmosphere at the Consortium, oscillating between topicality and interdisciplinarity - a combination that inspired her research greatly.


Political Prophecies in the Middle Ages (2012)

Length: 13min 08sec  |  Language: German

Interview with Dr. Möhrig by Prof. Klaus Herbers

Workshop Review with Dr. Hannes Möhring (Convenor) and Prof. Klaus Herbers, May 18, 2012

The participants in the workshop discussed inter alia the correlation between politics and prophecies, notational diminutives of prognostications and the Pseudo-Methodius. Klaus Herbers reviews the day and the results of the discussion panel in conversation with Hannes Möhring.


Different Types of Millennialism (2011)

Length: 16min 02sec

Interview with Prof. Landes about his Research on Millennialism

An Interview by Dr. Erik Niblaeus with Prof. Richard Landes

In his research on Millennialism, Richard Landes distinguishes between active and passive “sabbatical millennialism” in Christian traditions. With Erik Niblaeus, he further discusses the competitive late antique and early medieval concepts of this tradition. As an example of active, “bottom-up” Millennialism, the historian explains the “Peace-of-God” movement.