The members

The department members belong to different disciplines of the University of Rostock. They get together for joint interdisciplinary work. An overview on the current members is provided below.

Prof. Dr. Rafael Arnold

Prof. Dr. Rafael Arnold

PHF / Institute of Roman Language and Literature

Current interdisciplinary projects:

  • • DFG project: Diccionario del Español Medieval electrónico (DEMel) – Digitization and publication of the data archive of the Diccionario del Español Medieval (DEM) in the form of a semantically pre-structured online database in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Jutta Langenbacher-Liebgott (University of Paderborn) and Rostock’s university library, Director Robert Zepf (additional information on the project are provided here)

Potential cooperation partners:

  • German language and literature
  • English language and literature
  • Informatics
  • History
Prof. Dr. Gerald Braun (em.)

Prof. Dr. Gerald Braun (em.)

Hanseatic Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

Current interdisciplinary projects:

  • Gathering knowledge and competence profiles and the life plans of refugees

Potential cooperation partners:

  • Institute for General Pedagogy and Social Education
  • Chair for International Politics

Interdisciplinary projects which have been implemented so far:

  • ROXI for Refugees (Rostockean Start-up Initiative for Refugees)
  • Promoting Innovative and Entrepreneurial Higher Education Institutes Country Project Bulgaria (Cooperation partner Prof. Dr. Maria Nazare, University of Aveiro (Portugal); OECD (Paris), EU (Brussels)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Creuzberger

Prof. Dr. Stefan Creuzberger

PHF / Historical Institute

Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt

Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt

JUF

Current interdisciplinary projects:

  •  Own academic degrees in law, sociology, philosphy and religion sciences
  •  Each of the about 110 third-party funded projects of the research unit Sustainability and Climate Policy for public and non-profit clients has had interdisciplinary character (Core of the work: Questions related to governance , law, ethics and transformation/ behaviour conditions of sustainability, particularly in the fields energy/climate and land use, but also basic issues)

Potential cooperation partners (Fachbereich/Institut nennen):

  • Research unit Sustainability and Climate Policy is joint in persons from Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Geography, Economics, Political Sciences, International Relations, Environmental Sciences, Ethnology
  • Furthermore the long-term habit of cooperating with various other natural sciences and generally all institutions which are interested in sustainability issues or in the basic explanation and controlling of human behaviour (or related normative questions)

Interdisciplinary projects which have been implemented so far:

  • The research unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has implemented about 50 interdisciplinary projects on sustainability issues from its foundation in early 2009 on and since the end of 2002 as antecedent institution
Prof. Dr. Ursula Götz

Prof. Dr. Ursula Götz

PHF / Institute of German language and literature

Currently no interdisciplinary projects.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike von Hirschhausen

Prof. Dr. Ulrike von Hirschhausen

PHF / Historical Institute

PD Dr. Gert Hofmann

PD Dr. Gert Hofmann

German language and literature, University College Cork (Ireland)

Current interdisciplinary projects:

  • Poetics/Cultural Aesthetics of the Body. Literary and Cultural Anthropology
    In the latter half of the 20th century, a range of new literary approaches develops: approaches to the deconstruction of the Subject, the death of the Author, the end of Literature. This “complex” – in both senses of the word – is not restricted to literature and its theory but rather indicative of a far broader cultural and social problem, one affecting mentalities and their histories. The “Poetics/Cultural Aesthetics of the Body” is a theoretical approach to working through this complex in contemporary literary and cultural criticism, laying ground for the discourse on a cross-disciplinary – literary, visual, performative – Cultural Aesthetics of the Body.
    A debate about new definitions and delimitations of the subject, alternative concepts of authorship and an extended theory of literature and art that called into question earlier certainties and traditions has been set in train. The boundaries of the ‘person’ are redrawn; fundamental aspects of its conditiohumana, as well as of its ‘animality’, become visible, aspects which had hitherto been concealed beneath reflection – either because no language had as yet been found for them or because they had simply not become visible in the conflict of discourses. The central question: “What aesthetic configuration of human subjectivity is possible in the space between annihilation and self-assertion?” requires a ‘cultural aesthetics of the body’ that has not yet been written. In response, we will examine the phenomenon of corporeality, defining it (within aesthetic parameters) as a ‘recessive’ form of subjectivity – that is, one that is still asserted in the process of its contestation; a form of subjectivity that critiques, relativises and supplements observations upon the disappearance of the subject.
  • Post-deconstructivist and Buddhist Aesthetics. The Formation of Inter-cultural Aesthetics
    This project is originally connected with a Research Fellowship which I was awarded by the Japan Foundation for 2006 (postponed) for research at the Graduate Centre of Osaka University (in cooperation with the Japanese philosopher Ryosuke Ohashi). The aim is to explore the ‘aesthetics of non-power’ and the concept of syncopic subjectivity in the context of Japanese Zen-Buddhist traditions of aesthetic awareness and philosophical thought – especially the School of Kyoto and their concept of dis-symmetry – and to establish principles of an inter-cultural aesthetics discourse in order to re-ignite the debate about inter-cultural philosophy.

Additional information on the person are provided here.

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Holznagel

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Holznagel

PHF / Institute of German Language and Literature

Prof. Dr. Hans-Uwe Lammel

Prof. Dr. Hans-Uwe Lammel

University Medicine Rostock / History of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Gesa Mackenthun

Prof. Dr. Gesa Mackenthun

PHF / Institute for English Language and Literature

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Möller

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Möller

HMT/Institute of Music Sciences

Current interdisciplinary projects:

  • Rostock Song Book, Slüter project, in cooperation with Prof. Dr., Franz-Josef Holznagel
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer

PHF / Institute of Media Research

Dr. phil. Christoph Schmitt

Dr. phil. Christoph Schmitt

PHF / Institute of Ethnology

Current interdisciplinary projects:

  • Interactive online portal for village, town and city chroniclers
  • WossiDiA (Stabilization, advancement of the hypergraph scenarious and data mining, deeper indexing)
  • Crowdsourcing in digital archives
  • Digital field name atlas for Mecklenburg and Pommern (Polish-German project development stage after pre-project, workshop at the University of Greifswald in June 2017)

Potential cooperation partners:

  • Institute of Informatics (Database and information systems)
  • Institute of German Language and Literature (Low german philology, medieval studies)
  • University library (Science services, special collection)
  • Historical Institute
  • Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Geodesy and geoinformatics, settlement management and rural buildings)

Bisherige interdisziplinäre Projekte:

  • WossiDiA – The Digital Wossidlo Archive, funded by the German Research Community (DFG) (Scientific literature supply and information services) and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Desaster Relief (Cultural heritage). Funding period: 2010-2014. The project included in the DFG funding stage: Digitization and filming of the field research collection of the regional ethnographer and language collector Richard Wossidlo, review of a polyhierarchical thesaurus, transformation of the analog into a digital archive architecture. The chosen solution approach is the implementation of directed hypergraphs with their use being little known in e-humanities so far.This allows to significantly enrich the extract-like (e.g. in motives), dismembered collection of notes of the Mecklenburgean private scholar Wossidlo via contextualization and interlinking with other digital corpora (e.g. correspondences) and data repositories and to visualize hitherto unimagined relations of the inventory.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sucharowski

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sucharowski

Hanseatic Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (HIE-RO)

Current interdisciplinary projects:

  • The understanding of democracy at schools in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Communication science investigations and evaluations at schools with funding programs on political education AnStiftung Wismar

Potential cooperation partners:

  • Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Shipping Technology
  • Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Informatics and Electrical Engineering
  • University of Applied Sciences Wismar

Interdisciplinary projects which have been implemented so far:

  • Action-oriented and interdisciplinary studying of engineering sciences. Knowledge communication in the Theory-Practice-Field - BMBF Studium Optimum: Subproject in cooperation with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Shipping Technology (2012-2015)
  • Communication about conflicts in rural areas and related institutional coping strategies. Project of the MInistry of Agriculture and Environment Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Subproject in cooperation with the AUF (2012-2015)
  • Inhouse communication under new media conditions - 3D modelling and changes in communication - BMWI ETOPS: Development of a 3D-topological product coordination for optimizing the general plan draft of compex vessel types. Subproject in cooperation with the Chair for Shipping Technology (2012-2015)
  • Mobility and its communicative handling in rural areas - BMVS Inmod - Intermodale Mobility. Subproject in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Wismar (2013-2016)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen von Wensierski

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen von Wensierski

PHF / Institute of General Pedagogy and Social Pedagogy

PD Dr. Jens Wolff

PD Dr. Jens Wolff

THF / Systematic Theology and Religion Philosophy

Robert Zepf

Robert Zepf

Universitätsbibliothek

 Current interdisciplinary projects:

  • Investigation and digitization of the heritage of OlufGerhard Tychsen(1734-1815) – Sources on Jewish history and on oriental scholar networks in the age of Age of Enlightenment
  • Investigation and digitization of prints that belong to the stock of the university library of Rostock, published in the German-language area in the 18th century (VD18)
  • Investigation of Nazi loot at the university library Rostock
  • Historical church libraries in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Text recognition of handwritten historical documents
  • Diccionario del Español Medieval electrónico (DEMel). Digitization and publication of the data archive of the Diccionario del Español Medieval electrónico (DEM

Potential cooperation partners:

  • All departments and institutes who work with historical and digital resources or publish publications or research data.

Interdisciplinary projects which have been implemented so far:

  • WossiDiA-The Digitale Wossidlo Archive
  • Virtual Cultural Landscape Laboratory (VKLandLab)
  • Digital Archive on the Rostock Song Book (DARL)
  • Catalogization of the library of Uwe Johnson