Global Eurasia

COMPARISON AND CONNECTIVITY

"Global Eurasia - Comparison and Connectivity" is a joint project of the ÖAW institutes located in Hollandstraße. In 2019-2022, three international and interdisciplinary conferences will take place, at which various key topics will be addressed from an interdisciplinary-comparative perspective. The development of these topics and issues will be carried out in small groups consisting of staff members from several institutes. The focus is on the further development of the topics and the elaboration of comparative viewpoints, through which connections can be drawn between the research projects currently underway at the ÖAW and which will enable the development of future lines of research and project proposals in this area.

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Goals

Goals

The goals of this platform were formulated in the development plan of the ÖAW as follows:

Um vorhandene Stärken, insbesondere in den Bereichen Archäologie und Altertumswissenschaften, Mittelalterforschung und Byzantinistik, Iranistik, Asienforschung, Sozialanthropologie und Neuzeit‐ und Zeitgeschichtsforschung zu verknüpfen, soll eine ÖAW-interne, kompetitive Forschungskooperation mit dem Schwerpunkt „Global Eurasia – Comparison and Connectivity“ initiiert werden. Dabei sollen inhaltlich Verbindungen und Vergleiche zwischen verschiedenen Kulturräumen in Asien und Europa in der Vergangenheit und ihre Bedeutung für die Gegenwart im Mittelpunkt stehen.

Weiters sollen übergreifende Themenplattformen etabliert werden, die zwischen Instituten und auch Mitgliedern die Verknüpfung einer Reihe von Projekten und Schwerpunkten im GSK-Bereich ermöglichen, beispielsweise:

  • „Naturwissenschaften und Archäologie“

  •  „Wirtschaft, Religion und Politik von der Antike bis heute im euro‐asiatischen Raum, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des religiösen Pluralismus und der Menschenrechte“

  • „Wissen als Kategorie und im Kontext. Funktion, Zirkulation, Transformation“

In allen Fällen gilt, dass die ÖAW auch ihre internen Kooperationen stets mit dem Augenmerk auf Möglichkeiten der Kooperation mit externen Partnerinstitutionen entwickelt.

 

The following topics have emerged as focal points for the three conferences:

An interdisciplinary thematic working group ('discourse group') will be formed for each of the topics of the conferences, consisting mainly of staff members of the participating institutes, whereby not least junior researchers should be represented. The WGs are in principle open, but should have a reasonably balanced disciplinary composition. Guests may be invited for consultation. The working groups should gain an overview of the research that is ongoing at the ÖAW in the area of the respective topic, and from this gain comparative or linking points of view. In cooperation with the core team (= the heads of the institutes), the working groups develop the conception of the content of the workshops, make suggestions for international guests to be invited, and select preparatory materials. Contributions to the conferences should also come from the working group. It is also the task of the working groups to examine the potential of the topic for further projects or project proposals.