Research

Research at the Einstein Center Chronoi is organized into three primary groups: the team, fellows, and explorations. As well as working to facilitate the operations of the EC-C alongside administrative staff, the team’s executive board members and research associates each also contribute their own time-related project. Research fellows, representing a broad spectrum of academic backgrounds and qualifications, are appointed yearly to participate in the EC-C research agenda both with their individual project and collaborative participation in EC-C events. Lastly, the Einstein Center Chronoi hosts several blue-sky research projects called “Explorations”. Explorations complement and expand the research agenda of the EC-C by integrating unique and groundbreaking topics.

 

The projects and researchers from these three areas are organized into the research areas of the Einstein Center Chronoi:

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Awareness of Time:

The Interplay of Perception of Time and the Sense of Time

In this research area, members will formulate a more precise description of the coherence between awareness of time and the sense of time with the help of text- and object-based research in the fields of biology, neurology, and psychology, as well as ancient studies. As a result, detailed descriptions and precise analyses of texts and objects in ancient studies will be possible to make.

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Concepts of Time and Historical Epistemology

The history of time and perception of time in ancient societies is closely connected with that of other concepts, especially with that of motion, space and causality. In this research area, members will contribute to integrate approaches from various special studies on the concept of time.

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Social Time:

Planning, Coordination, and Formation of Concepts of Time

Societies differ in how they deal with time, in the way they link “social time” to the rhythms of work, festivals, and daily life within the framework of biologically, topographically, and environmentally conditioned factors. This topic interweaves historical anthropology, developmental psychology, epistemology, and psycholinguistics and generates questions that are innovative both from a thematic and a methodological perspective.

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Object Timing – Timing Objects

Unlike theories and interpretations, artifacts and other archaeological finds, being the material foundations of archaeological research, are treated as if they were in some sense “timeless.” The simultaneity of the non-simultaneous and the presence of what is past are in a certain sense both visible and invisible in the artifact. This topic will promote research addressing several fundamental questions, such as: How can the invariable “presence” of the material record be reconciled with the unstable, multiple pasts constructed through it? In what ways are material remains being used in ancient studies in order to establish notions of time? On which epistemological premises are these processes based?

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The Temporality of Research

There are factors upon which our research depends, namely the time during which the actual research process takes place. It is primarily in the history of science that the interdependencies of “Zeitgeist” and science become visible as, among other things, the temporality of paradigm formation.

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Junior Research

 

The Einstein Center Chronoi is committed to supporting the next generation of outstanding scholars and the development of new research areas. For this reason, it proudly funds the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS), one of the world’s largest graduate schools in the field of ancient studies. BerGSAS is home to five doctoral programs located at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and cooperates closely with the non-university research facilities that constitute the Berliner Antike-Kolleg (BAK). BerGSAS was awarded the “Einstein Award for Doctoral Programs” from the Einstein Foundation Berlin in January 2017.

BerGSAS promotes interdisciplinarity research, supporting doctoral studies in fields ranging from ancient studies to geosciences and other natural science, and international networking, established through creating a culture of exchange with universities and research institutes in Germany and abroad, and encouraging doctoral candidates to participate in international colloquia, conferences and workshops in the course of their doctoral studies. 

The Einstein Center Chronoi funds the following BerGSAS doctoral candidates, whose projects are not limited to the topic of time:

Junior Researchers

Goldmann
Lukas Goldmann
Sporleder
Rolf Sporleder
Golestaneh
Hamaseh Golestaneh
Weymann
Nina Weymann
Heide
Thomas Heide
Härtel
Stefan Härtel
Klünker
Annegret Klünker