Bamberg on the German Rectors' Conference Research Map
The Research Map
The German University Rectors' Conference (HRK) has created an interactive, bilingual database known as the Research Map for easy reference by its member universities.
In this way, the universities can use clear language to present the international public with an account of their research priorities.
The University of Bamberg on the Research Map
Cluster 1: Empirical Social Research, especially Educational Research
Cooperative research within the subject areas of Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Economics, and Political Science is particularly focused on longitudinal education research (National Educational Panel Study) and governance studies.
The National Education Panel Study (NEPS) is among the major projects supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). NEPS operates in the field of longitudinal data collection on the topics of competency development, educational processes, educational decisions and educational returns in formal and informal contexts over the course of the entire life span.
The longitudinal layout also applies to the DFG-funded BiKS research project ("educational processes, competence development and selection decisions in preschool- and school age"), as well as to the Project on Personality and Learning Development of Elementary School Children (PERLE).
In the field of economics, key research is represented by the Bamberg Economic Research Group on Government and Growth (BERG). This group encompasses all of the university’s economics departments and focuses on the role of the state in competitive market economies and market-based transformation processes.
Cooperative research efforts led to the 2010 Establishment of the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS).
Cluster 2: Medieval Studies and Cultural Heritage
Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Archaeology, Preservation and Restoration Sciences, and Art History focus on languages as well as religious, cultural, and political research of the Middle Ages and on cultural areas from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.
53 scholars from 20 different subject areas in medieval studies are currently cooperating as part of the Centre for Medieval Studies (ZEMAS). The Centre serves the interdisciplinary coordination and organisation of medieval period research, teaching and continuing education activities.
The comprehensive research activities of the Institute of Archaeology, Heritage Sciences and Art History (IADK) comprise numerous, wide-ranging projects: Excavations in Germany and abroad, monument preservation activities and restoration projects are among the highlights.
A prime example of research activity in this cluster is the DFG project "Public and Private Architecture in Bukhara – A Synopsis of Islamic Cultural History, Restoration Studies and Building and Architectural Research". As is typical for Bamberg, the research conducted by the department of Islamic Art History and Archaeology is intertwined with restoration sciences and architectural heritage preservation. Further cooperative partners are active in Bukhara itself, in Austria and at the Technical University of Munich. Three of the five sub-projects are located in Bamberg. The architecture in the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan is protected by UNESCO as one of the most important collections of historical city structures to emerge in Central Asia. It is home to a great number of individual monuments and a truly unique historical quarter. The research project is devoted to the scientific study of the city's Khoja Zayniddin quarter, where the traditional city structure has been preserved into the present day.
Cluster 3: Digital Social Sciences and Humanities
Working together with subject groups in the social sciences and humanities, scholars from disciplines in applied computer science are conducting research on methods of data management and analysis in these fields. In a complementary capacity, these scholars are also examining aspects pertaining to the design and governance of informatic technologies. Scholars from all four academic faculties are currently active in the field of digital social sciences and humanities. A summary of research findings and ongoing projects is provided by the uni.vers magazine’s issue on the digital humanities (German only)(277.0 KB).
In 2015, the Centre for Innovative Applications of Computer Science (ZIAI) was established as a hub for interdisciplinary computer science research where more than 20 working groups from all four faculties cooperate on the development of new research methods for the humanities and the social and behavioural sciences. On the computer science side, research is focused on methods used in Cultural Computing and Media Informatics, as well as in the fields of Human-computer Interaction, Cognitive Systems, Sensor-based Sociotechnical Systems and Social Networks. In the humanities, participants include scholars in the fields of English Linguistics, Jewish Studies, Communication Studies, Restoration Science and Slavic Linguistics, among others. The social sciences, economics and business administration are represented by the field of Political Science , and subject areas from the human sciences and education involved in this research cluster include General Psychology, Personality Psychology and didactics of mathematics/computer science and of the natural sciences.