Past Worlds and Modern Questions - Cultures Across Time and Space

The TRA Present Pasts takes an interdisciplinary approach to the research of past cultural, political, social and economic constellations embedded in a broad geographical context and historical depth. Its work focuses on the interaction of contemporary challenges and processes and comparable phenomena in the past. The knowledge about the functioning of cultures generated by such a historical-comparative approach can lead to a better understanding of the present.

The interdisciplinary approach of the TRA Present Pasts and its research fields heritage and communication seek to combine the different traditions and structures of the various cultures of research present at the University of Bonn. In particular, it seeks to effect the networking of the "minor subjects". The holdings of the university collections function as a research infrastructure, integrating the various disciplinary approaches involved in TRA 5 in historical and contemporary contexts and processes.

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Organisation, goals, team

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Research

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Network

Members, partners

Our members are professors, postdoc researchers and PhD students of all Faculties and of central scientific research institutions.

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Our transdisciplinary Professorships in the Global Heritage Lab

The Global Heritage Lab emerges as a central hub for heritage and museum-related research and operates as a transdisciplinary laboratory hosted by the TRA Present Pasts.

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Critical Museum and Heritage Studies Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Binter

Julia Binter joins the Global Heritage Lab. Her transcultural research opens new collaborations to the natural sciences and theologies.

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Humboldt-Fellow Prof. Dr. Sophia Labadi

Sophia Labadi is Professor of Heritage at the University of Kent and is extending the GHL for one year with a Humboldt Fellowship.

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"The other is always part of the self"

By invitation of the Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, more than 300 interested visitors embarked on an exciting journey into their own identity and the relationship between themselves and others. Under the title "ME and the OTHERS - individual, group and social community", renowned researchers provided insights into current scientific findings and explored the question of what this "me" actually is.

News

TRAnsDigital Workshop: Digitalization of the Humanities and Social Sciences

On 26 April 2024, the TRA-spanning workshop was dedicated to the question of the potentials and challenges associated with the digitalisation of research in the humanities and social sciences (including economics). In addition to the exchange of knowledge and best practice experiences in workshop sessions on various cross-disciplinary fields of application, the event offered the opportunity to make interesting contacts across disciplines and TRAs.

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Have an event overview with our digital 'notice board'.

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Press releases
A Transdisciplinary Win

A team of University of Bonn researchers wins a funding competition conducted by the Life and Health transdisciplinary research area.

Was Human Height in the Neolithic Period Influenced by Cultural Factors?

Body size differences between females and males in northern Europe during the early Neolithic period (6,000 to 8,000 years ago) may reflect cultural factors in play. The findings of an international research project led by the University of Pennsylvania (USA) suggest that differences in stature during that period cannot be explained solely by genetics and diet. Eva Rosenstock of the University of Bonn is involved in the study, the results of which have now been published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. 

Experience Digs Virtually

How do you explore an excavation site without being there in person? The Classical Archaeology team and the Bonn Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Bonn want to use new digital tools such as 3D technologies and virtual reality in their research and teaching. Their researchers are collaborating with the Universities of Amsterdam and Oslo and the Open University of the Netherlands in an international project entitled “Virtual Worlds in Teaching Archaeology.” The European Union is co-financing the project to the tune of some €400,000 over the next three years.

Colonial entanglements of museums

How can we make the formation of knowledge in museums and cultural heritage more sustainable and equitable? As the new Argelander Professor at the University of Bonn, Jun-Prof. Dr. Julia Binter is not only carrying out research into cultural, political and economic entanglements past and present but also seeking to reshape them in collaborative film and exhibition projects. In the transdisciplinary research area “Present Pasts,” the social and cultural anthropologist is currently co-leading the collaborative research, curation and restitution project “Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures” for collections from Namibia together with research partners from Germany and Namibia.

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Dr. Kim Alings

Strategic Development and Quality Assurance

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Matthias Becher

Department of History

Prof. Dr. Karoline Noack

Department of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology

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