Division Leibniz Competition
Leibniz Association
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10115 Berlin
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Funding Line 3: Promotion of junior researchers

Providing for life after death and the demonstration of social standing. Interdisciplinary study of Late Medieval memorial shields in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM), Nuremberg

The GNM’s collection of memorial shields from the 14th to the 17th century is the largest of any museum in the world. They number among the outstanding testimonies to urban memorial culture in the German-speaking world of the Late Middle Ages. However, as yet, little in-depth academic and scientific research has been carried out. This interdisciplinary project will register all the memorial shields in the GNM’s collection: The objects are to be examined and documented from art historical, historical and art technological perspectives and the findings subsequently published. On the basis of these art technological and scientific findings, as well as the evaluation of archival sources and research into the origin of the shields, the project will provide fundamental information for the entire genre. The results will allow us to explain who fashioned these shields and how they were made, what their ritual/liturgical context might have been and the circumstances surrounding their commissioning. The project thus makes a new, substantial contribution to the understanding of elite urban dwellers and their memorial and representational culture as well as the working practices of craft workshops in the Late Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Laufzeit: 1. June 2014 - 30. November 2017

Abschließender Sachbericht (in German only) (PDF)

International Multidisciplinary Parasitology and Vector Biology (IMPact-Vector) - Graduate School

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), Frankfurt am Main

The emergence of new epidemics and infectious diseases is favoured in our latitudes by rapidly increasing globalisation, as well as factors like climate change, population growth and biodiversity loss. Reflecting the highly divergent state of current knowledge on the global diversity of medically important organisms, key topics in this Graduate-School include, among others: identification and description of new and emerging pathogens, vectors and reservoir hosts and their present distributions, phenotypic and genetic evolution of their dispersal capabilities and climatic tolerance, investigation of factors for pathogenicity and vectorial abilities, both in laboratory experiments and in the field, and risk assessments and predictive modelling of distributions under global and regional models of climate change. The goal of the Leibniz Graduate School is to educate a new generation of highly qualified scientists in mastering essential skills in the seminal and interdisciplinary field of ”Parasitology and Vector-Biology”. IMPact-Vector is a joint program of SGN, BNITM, IZW and IGB.

Period: 1. June 2014 - 31. December 2017

Project website
Final report (in German only) (PDF)