The core of the Humanities faculty’s research can be found both in the textual and material products of culture, as well as in the interdependency of nature and culture. By virtue of the broad range of subjects, academic focus is placed equally on engagement with the literature and languages of Europe, the Near East and the Americas, and on topics of (cultural) history and geography. This means that the academic analyses being made in the Humanities faculty represent a significant contribution to the University of Bamberg’s overall research profile – particularly in the university-wide areas of Languages and Cultures and The Individual and Society, but also in Education and Life Planning and Business and Markets.
Our faculty members’ projects are interrelated in manifold ways, and these often come together in shared areas of research interest that are continually being pursued in interdisciplinary cooperation:
• Archaeological, historical, conservationist and art historical studies dealing with the development and preservation of cultural assets.
• An engagement with migration and other processes of societal transformation based on aspects of linguistics, the fine arts and geography.
• Studies initiated by individual language groups that nonetheless incorporate similar research interests into the diachronic and synchronic examination of linguistic change.
• The relationship between literature and media (from literary, media and communications studies perspectives)
• General studies in linguistics, literature and art that are not only historically rooted, but that also operate on the interdisciplinary level of cultural studies.
• An engagement with ethical topics informed by history and the present.
These content-based and methodological points of contact regularly yield interdisciplinary publications and research projects. One possible contact platform for these kinds of projects is represented by the active, interdisciplinary but also primarily humanities faculty-led research centres like the Centre for Medieval Studies (ZEMAS) and the Centre for Interreligious Studies (ZIS). The German Research Foundation’s PhD programme in “Generational Awareness and Generational Conflicts in Antiquity and the Middle Ages,” as well as further graduate schools for historical studies, literature and media, medieval studies, languages and linguistics, and Near Eastern religions and cultures, are all committed to the promotion and support of young scholars. And a number of other successfully completed graduate programmes (“Anthropological Foundations and Developments in Christianity and Islam,” “Art – Architecture – Heritage Conservation,” and “Contemporary Studies of the Orient”) have all played an important role in shaping the faculty’s research profile in recent years.