Members

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Leppin’s main areas of research are political history of ideas in Antiquity and the history of Late Antiquity. Within his participation in the Koselleck-Project he is currently working on several articles on theoretical conceptions of Christianisation (i.e. system-theoretical approaches) on the one hand, on the other on case studies (e.g. the panegyrics for Anastasios I.). He is also working on a book on Christian ways of life in Antiquity. Hartmut Leppin is the principal investigator of the cluster of excellence „The Formation of Normative Orders“ and the international research groups „Political Communication from Antiquity to the 20th Century“ and „Theology as a Science“ and speaker of the collaborative research centre „Schwächediskurse und Ressourcenregime“. He is, moreover, a member of the advisory board of the Historische Zeitschrift, editor of Millennium Yearbook and Studies, and is a member of the advisory panels of the Antike Welt, of the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphics, of the Frobenius-Institute, of Ceraneum (Łódź), as well as of the Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum. He was awarded the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis 2015.

Marius Kalfelis M.A. is a graduate assistant at the Reinhart Koselleck-Projekt. He is currently working on his PhD thesis with the working title „Christianisation and Public Games”, exploring Christian identities in Late Antiquity. The premise being, that there is no actual Christian position in regard to the games, but, rather, that the polemic emphasis found in a number of source texts, if anything, may lead us to expect a broader spectrum of positions. For a critical reflection on the games in Christian literature Tertullian’s De spectaculis can be regarded as the earliest detailed example. This at first leads us to the contention of Christians with their pagan surroundings, both characteristic in defining their sense of identity and typical for the second and third century AD. However, Christian criticism of the spectacula by no means ends here, continuing on well into the by now Christianised empire of the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries. Nearly every ecclesiastical author tackled this issue, either extensively or at least in passing. Excluding a small number of exceptions, however, most of them fail to give any new impulses, even though the matter of the games seems to have been subject to a continuous process of development. The thesis aims at analysing the patterns of reasoning and diachronically exploring the relationship of criticism and historical developments.

Lisa Marie Wichern, Graduate assistant

Sebastian Bauer, Research assistant

Guests
Prof. Dr. Clifford Ando
(University of Chicago)
Prof. Dr. Rajko Bratož
(University of Ljubljana)
Dr. Julia Hillner
(University of Sheffield)
Dr. Meaghan McEvoy (Oxford University)
Pavel Rubtsov (University of Barnaul)
Seraina Ruprecht
(Universität Bern)
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Seelentag
(Universität Rostock)
PD Dr. Alexander Weiß
(Universität Leipzig)
Prof. Dr. Megan Williams
(San Francisco State University)
Dr. Michael Williams (Maynooth University)