What we do

Domains

Our researchers are working together on 7 domains led by eminent researchers in the field. We study all important domains of human civilization and have a special domain devoted to discussing issues of theory.

Domains

All Domains

Discourse & Rhetoric

Literature & Art

Philosophy & Religion

Politics, Law, Economy & the Military

Technology, Science & Material Culture

Reception of Antiquity

Theory & Methods

What to expect from the domains?

Discourse & Rhetoric

Language is arguably the most powerful anchoring device. Anchoring mechanisms in communication often disclose shared values, ambitions or knowledge.

Literature & Art

Projects on important literary and artistic innovations, the invention of new forms of literature and art, and their relation to pre-existing models.

Philosophy & Religion

Issues of authority in cultic innovations, innovations in priesthood, and foundations of civic festivals from the point of view of successful or unsuccessful anchoring.

Politics, Law, Economy & the Military

How and why did political innovation come about and how were such innovations anchored (more or less) successfully?

Technology, Science & Material Culture

Case studies of dramatic innovations in technology, science and material culture, where we can study anchoring processes and their outcomes in detail.

Reception of Antiquity

Antiquity itself can serve as an anchor in and through a long history of reception.

Theory & Methods

The team jointly strives to develop a theory of Anchoring Innovation. This group guarantees optimal collaboration between all domains and focuses on common issues of theory.