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June

New Release | Andreas J. Haller "Mythische Räume der Gesetzlosigkeit in..."

Andreas J. Haller
"Mythische Räume der Gesetzlosigkeit in Erzählungen über Robin Hood, Klaus Störtebeker und Jesse James"


 

Dieses Buch widmet sich den Erzähltraditionen um drei gesetzlose Helden, die in England, Deutschland und Nordamerika ansässig waren: Robin Hood, Klaus Störtebeker und Jesse James üben eine bis heute anhaltende Faszination aus. Im Mythos des Gesetzlosen finden gesellschaftliche Diskurse um Recht und Gerechtigkeit, um Herrschaft und Widerstand, um Souveränität und Legitimität einen narrativen Ausdruck. Erzählungen, in denen Räuber, Piraten oder Banditen zu Rebellen und schließlich zu Helden avancieren, gestalten die Widersprüche innerhalb rechtlich geordneter Gesellschaften literarisch. Rechtsordnungen besitzen einen sozialen und einen territorialen Aspekt. In der narrativen Darstellung historischer Raumkonstellationen wird die Vorstellung vom Recht als konstituierendem gesellschaftlichem Faktor anschaulich. Die vorliegende Studie eröffnet eine neue Perspektive auf die Bedeutung der heroischen Gesetzlosigkeit als einem Phänomen der sozialen und räumlichen Transgression.

New Release | Andreas J. Haller "Mythische Räume der Gesetzlosigkeit in..."

June

Third Funding Phase for CRC / SFB 948 granted

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) is granting the final third funding phase to CRC / SFB 948 (2020-2024)

The senate committee for CRC (Collaborative Research Centres; SFB) by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) has granted to extend the funding of CRC / SFB 948 at May 28th.

This provides the CRC / SFB 948 the opportunity to finish the research program at the final last funding period.

More informations :

...about the third funding phase

...the press release of the University of Freiburg

...the press release of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (german only)

Third Funding Phase for CRC / SFB 948 granted

February

New Release | "Handlungsportraet und Herrscherbild"

Die Zuschreibung heroischer Tatkraft und die Mythisierung der Tat praegen die antiken Handlungsportraets Alexanders des Großen bis in die roemische Kaiserzeit.
Dass Herrscher wie Helden inszeniert werden, ist eine gaengige Praxis. Alexander der Große (356-323 v. Chr.) gehoerte zu den revolutionaeren Herrschern der Antike. Sein Image wurde - bis weit in die Neuzeit - umgestaltet und neu modelliert. Beispielhaft dafuer sind seine bildlichen Darstellungen aus der griechisch-roemischen Antike. Sie folgten weniger historischer Faktizitaet als den Vorstellungen ihrer Produzenten und Betrachter. Dabei vermittelten die Handlungsportraets Alexanders das Bild eines durch sein Handeln - und nicht nur durch Qualitaeten oder koenigliches Charisma - ausgezeichneten Herrschers. Vom spaeten 4. Jh. v. Chr. bis in die roemische Kaiserzeit lassen sich dabei Formen der visuellen Heroisierung Alexanders, ja der Mythisierung seiner Taten beobachten. Die Handlungsportraets des Eroberers sind damit Beispielfaelle fuer die Zuschreibung heroischer Tatkraft an einen antiken Herrscher und fuer die Mythisierung seiner Erfolge im Bild.

New Release | "Handlungsportraet und Herrscherbild"

January

New Release | "Held - Märtyrer - Usurpator"

The 11th volume in the SFB 948 series "Helden – Heroisierung – Heroismen" (Ergon-Verlag, Würzburg) has been released: "Held - Märtyrer - Usurpator. Der europäische Napoleonismus im Vergleich (1821-1869)", by Benjamin Marquart.

In the beginning there was Napoleon’s death. It marked a fissure for the contemporary discourses on the heroic of the 19th century. In the imagination of european societies, more than ever, the departed hero lived on as the homme du siècle as which he had tried to represent himself in his lifetime. By talking about him contemporaries were simultaneously arguing about the fundamental challenges of a postrevolutionary era in constant motion. This study analyses contemporary discourse about the hero Napoleon in France, Great Britain and Germany between 1821 and 1869. It shows how he, as an exceptional figure that oscillated between the heroic, the sacred and the demonic, functioned as a versatile symbolic figure on the spectrum between politics of legitimacy and politics of history.

Further information on the SFB Publications page and the publishing house's website.

New Release | "Held - Märtyrer - Usurpator"

January

New E-Journal Special Issue 6 (2019)

Special Issue 6 (2019) of the SFB 948 e-journal helden. heroes. héros. has been published. Download it here.

New E-Journal Special Issue 6 (2019)

August

New Release | "Helden müssen sterben"

The 10th volume in the SFB 948 series "Helden – Heroisierung – Heroismen" (Ergon-Verlag, Würzburg) has been released: "Helden müssen sterben. Von Sinn und Fragwürdigkeit des heroischen Todes", edited by Cornelia Brink, Nicole Falkenhayner and Ralf von den Hof.

Further information on the SFB Publications page and the publishing house's website.

New Release | "Helden müssen sterben"

July

New Release | "Girl Warriors"

Svenja Hohenstein, research associate at the Integrated Research Training Group (IGK) in the first phase of funding, has published her dissertation "Girl Warriors. Feminist Revisions of the Hero's Quest in Contemporary Popular Culture”. Further information can be found on the publisher's website.

Quest narratives are as old as Western culture. In stories like The Odyssey, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter, men set out on journeys, fight battles and become heroes. Women traditionally feature in such stories as damsels in need of rescue or as the prizes at the end of heroic quests. These narratives perpetuate predominant gender roles by casting men as active and women as passive. Focusing on stories in which popular teenage heroines—Buffy Summers, Katniss Everdeen and Disney's Princess Merida—embark on daring journeys, this book explores what happens when traditional gender roles and narrative patterns are subverted. The author examines representations of these characters across various media—film, television, novels, posters, merchandise, fan fiction and fan art, and online memes—that model concepts of heroism and girlhood inspired by feminist ideas.

New Release | "Girl Warriors"

April

Conference | "Christ as Hero and His Heroic Following. Imitatio Christi in the Early Modern Period"

Early Christianity and Christian antiquity already were characterized by a particular interest not only in the soteriologically motivated interpretation of the life, death and resurrection of the messiah and hero (Isa 9,5) Jesus Christ, but also in heroic discipleship. The emphasis here rests on ethical aspects and a theology of piety as well as on questions regarding the experience of faith. Through all eras of Christianity, this tension-filled dialectics has evoked highly intense readings of the heroism of Christ and inspired the development of conceptions for a heroic imitatio Christi (which by no means limit themselves to a “mysticism of suffering”).

The interdisciplinary conference explores the heroic dimensions of the imitatio Christi and exemplarily analyzes different forms of representing Christian discipleship in heterogenous media as well as intermedial constellations. The primary focus here lies on sources from the early modern period (c. 1450-1750).

The inclusion of the late antique and medieval tradition ensures a tradition-historical perspective on the respective confessionally distinct interpretations of the imitatio Christi in the early modern period as well on transconfessional phenomena of consensus and interconfessional permeabilities, which in this field are particularly numerous.

The conference is jointly organized by the GRK 2008 “Interkonfessionalität in der Frühen Neuzeit” (Hamburg) and the SFB 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms” (Freiburg).

Read more about the symposium here.

Conception: Achim Aurnhammer and Johann Anselm Steiger.

Conference | "Christ as Hero and His Heroic Following. Imitatio Christi in the Early Modern Period"

April

New Release | "Alexandres de leurs temps"

The ninth volume in the SFB 948 series "Helden – Heroisierung – Heroismen" (Ergon-Verlag, Würzburg) has been released: "Alexandres de leurs temps. Heroisierungsprozesse und politische Instrumentalisierung Alexanders des Großen im spätmittelalterlichen Burgund", edited by Luka Fischer.

Further information on the SFB Publications page and the publishing house's website.

New Release | "Alexandres de leurs temps"

April

New E-Journal Issue: 6.2 (2018)

Issue 6.2 (2018) of the SFB 948 e-journal helden. heroes. héros. has been published. Download it here.

New E-Journal Issue: 6.2 (2018)