Origin and Development of the Research Initiative
The discussion group "Epigraphy and Scriptural Culture", which first met in 2007, led in 2008 to the
establishment of the Collaborative Research Centre Initiative "Material Text Cultures" under the
aegis of Markus Hilgert (Assyriology). Since then it has received financial backing from the Ministry
of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg. After several phases of internal project
evaluation and selection, in December 2009 the Collaborative Research Centre Concept Paper
was submitted to the German Research Foundation in Bonn.
The ongoing development of the centre's theoretical foundations and research programme was
performed by the working group "Material Text Cultures", as well as by part of the annual project for
2009/2010 conducted by the Altertumswissenschaftlichen Kolleg Heidelberg (Research Community
for the Study of the Ancient World) entitled "Text Praxis: Handeln an, mit und infolge von
After giving a positive assessment, the German Research Foundation agreed to the inauguration
of the Collaborative Research Centre on 23rd May 2011. The centre embarked on its mission on
1st July 2011, and Markus Hilgert was elected its spokesman for the first research period.
On 18th June 2013 Markus Hilgert was elected head of Near Eastern Museum in Berlin by the
Foundation Board of Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Prof. Dr. Ludger Lieb, Professor of ancient
German philology, was unanimously elected new spokesman of Collaborative Research Centre
933 by its members on 21st October 2013.