Universität Heidelberg Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg
Collaborative Research Centre 933 of the German Research Foundation
University of Heidelberg     •     College of Jewish Studies Heidelberg
Material Text Cultures
Materiality and Presence of Writing
in Non-Typographic Societies
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Sub-Projects of the Second Phase (2015-2019)

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 Working Groups

For the CRC's second funding period nine working groups were founded working on common interests of several projects or relevant core topics for all. The working groups normally consist of members from several sub-projects; thus strengthening the CRC's interdisciplinary synergies.

Hinweis: (Die Namen der Arbeitsgruppe bleiben im Englischen bestehen; aus "AG" wird "WG" und aus "Ansprechspartner/in" wird "contact person")

WG 1 Bild und Schrift

contact person: Lisa Horstmann

WG 2 Materiale Umbruchsituationen

contact person: Friederike Elias

WG 3 Form, Inhalt und Material

contact person: Stefan Holz

WG 4 Materialität und Memoria

contact person: Evelien Roels

WG 5 Schrift im Raum

contact person: Kristina Krüger

WG 6 Vernichtung von Geschriebenem

contact person: Carina Kühne

WG 7 Netzwerke

contact person: Michael Ott

WG 8 Sprechende Dinge

contact person: Nele Schneidereit

WG 9 Episteme und Text

contact person: Maximilian Haas

 Review of CRC's exhibition

Heidelberg University Museum hosted the CRC's exhibition "Material Text Cultures" between the 2nd of February and the 7th of March 2015.

By looking at script bearing artifacts as well as digital and interactive illustrations, the exhibition "LEBEN DInGE TEXTE" gave an insight into the research questions and research results of the CRC 933.

Heidelberg University press release

Heidelberg University press release


MTK-Series' "Materiale Textkulturen"

The MTK-SeriesMateriale Textkulturenis the Collaborative Research Centre's publication organ. We publish collected volumes and monographs that focus on the CRC's main research questions, meaning the materiality and presence of writing in non-typographic societies.

Soon the following volumes will be published:

  • MTK 11 Élodie Attia, The Masorah of Elijah ha-Naqdan. An Edition of Ashkenazic Micrographical Notes
  • MTK 13 Thomas E. Balke, Christina Tsouparopoulou (Hgg.), The Materiality of Writing in Early Mesopotamia
  • MTK 12 Antonia Sarri, Material Aspects of Letter Writing in the Graeco-Roman World (500 BC – AD 300)

All volumes are open access and can be found here.

All volumes are open access and can be found here.Publisher: DeGruyter


Goals & Central Ideas

The Collaborative Research Centre 933 (CRC 933) examines script-bearing artefacts: pillars, steles, portals, tombstones, potsherds, amulets, scrolls, papyri, parchment codices; to name only a few. Our main research interest focusses on the specific materiality, the evoked presence of the inscribed artefacts and the written texts themselves. The researchers involved investigate a lot of questions: How and under which circumstances were these artefacts produced? In which spacial arrangements were they located? Who had access to them? How and in which contexts were they used? The CRC's 933 main idea is that writing, script-bearing artefacts and related practices are bound by an irrevocable mutual connection, which has a huge explanatory power for the understanding of the transmitted texts and their cultural surroundings.
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