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Ines-Jacqueline Werkner (Ed.)

Stimmen zum Krieg in der Ukraine: Reaktionen jenseits der westlichen Welt

In its first resolution, the United Nations General Assembly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine by a clear majority just a few days after the war began and called on Moscow to end its aggression. What at first glance looks like a worldwide condemnation of the Russian war does not stand up to a differentiated view. A closer look shows that it is not the international community of states that disapproves of the Russian aggression, but primarily the West. The volume focuses on the positions of the BRICS states, the MENA region, the post-Soviet space, and various regional organizations.

Mark Fischer

Empirische Evidenz und epistemische Praxis: Vorschlag einer pragmatischen Synthese von Realismus, Pluralismus und Relativismus in der Wissenschaftstheorie

One of the main questions of philosophy of science is the problem of the status of scientific knowledge as epistemically justified. In this book recent debates about the justification problem and related consequences are re-accessed from a perspective of empirical evidence and epistemic praxis. However severe, debates between realism, empiricism, and relativism in the twentieth and early twenty-first century point to a synthetic solution of the justification problem. This way of argumentation is already presented by John Dewey’s pragmatism but has been ignored in most debates of the past decades. Here, Dewey’s pragmatic stance is used to formulate a synthetic solution of the justification problem based on recent debates.


Detlef Junker, Styles Sass

Germany and the USA 1871–2021

Germany and the USA 1871–2021 is the first comprehensive look at 150 years of German-American relations. It traces this dramatic story in all its complexity from the founding of the German nation state in 1871 to World War I, the Weimar Republic, Hitler and Nazi Germany, the Cold War and its demise, and the revolution of 9/11. The book also scrutinizes the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump on one side of the Atlantic, as well as the tenure of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the other side.

This book comprises earlier publications of the author and closes with a new chapter on “Obama, Trump, the decline of an imperial democracy and American-German relations 2009–2021.”


“This rich collection of scholarly essays on GermanAmerican relations offers the first-ever assessment of this crucial transatlantic partnership over the long term, since the founding of the German nation in 1871, through the turbulent 20th century, and into the Biden Administration. Preeminent historian, Dr. Detlef Junker, draws on decades of deep study to bring us, in lively and lucid prose, his analysis of the changing political relationship that shaped both countries as well as the world. With his signature wit and insight, and delivered in the style of an accomplished journalist, Junker has created a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the changing relationship of Germany and the United States.”

Kirsten Fischer, Professor of History, University of Minnesota

“One of Germany’s most eminent contemporary historians has provided us with an enlightening and stimulating account of German–American relations in the 20th and 21st centuries. Selecting from his manifold writings during a long and distinguished career, Detlef Junker gives us an eye-opening account of the many challenges with which German–American relations continue to be confronted in our world of turmoil and instability. Junker’s highly informative book should be essential reading for anyone interested in both the past and the future of America’s relations with Germany—still Europe’s most important political and economic power.”

Klaus Larres, Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Here is an authoritative overview of the mostly friendly, at times dramatic relations between the United States and Germany that have shaped much of transatlantic history since 1871. Detlef Junker succeeds in balancing his critical insights into America’s ascent as a world power and its recent challenges with those of Germany’s rise, fall, and rise as a European power. Thoroughly researched and well written, the volume has much to offer to both scholars and students.”

Frank Trommler, Professor of German em., University of Pennsylvania

Petra Eggensperger, Ingo Kleiber, Rafael Klöber, Stefanie Maria Lorenz, Anne Schindel

Virtuelle Hochschullehre: Ein Handbuch in 50 Fragen und Antworten

The volume Virtuelle Hochschullehre tackles 50 key questions about teaching and learning in the virtual space inspired by our experience advising educators. The handbook provides sound and applicable answers for teachers who are engaged in teaching their students virtually. The book aims to be a pragmatic guidebook, a concise reference work, and a versatile source for inspiration.

In addition to didactic principles, the focus is on the following topics

  • Technology, tools and their role
  • Event formats
  • Assessment
  • Classroom management, learning materials and accessibility
  • Collaboration, communication and understanding of roles
  • Participation and motivation
Ines-Jacqueline Werkner, Lotta Mayer, Madlen Krüger (Eds.)

Wege aus dem Krieg in der Ukraine: Szenarien - Chancen - Risiken

Based on six scenarios sketching various forms and ways of a possible end to the war in Ukraine, this volume examines the chances and risks connected with them. The authors discuss questions related to military victory, defeat and a negotiated settlement, approaching the various scenarios from the perspectives of international law, peace ethics, and legal ethics. Moreover, the volume focuses on the societal dimension of the war, covering Russian civil society, the role of the churches in the war zone and peace policy questions related to possible future rapprochement and reconciliation.

Frederike van Oorschot, Selina Fucker (Eds.)

Framing KI: Narrative, Metaphern und Frames in Debatten über Künstliche Intelligenz

In social, political and media debates, "artificial intelligence" is described as a savior, extension or threat to humans. These descriptions construct social imaginations that frame individual and societal discourse about AI. The volume combines case studies of these frames, narratives and metaphors with a reflection on the associated ethical questions under the task of imagination-sensitive ethics. It thus offers the first interdisciplinary introduction to the imagination of artificial intelligence from media studies, communication studies, linguistics, film studies and media ethics.

Johannes Bosch, Jakob Fesenbeckh, Katja Patzel-Mattern (Eds.)

Studienbuch Körpergeschichte

The body has a history: this realization constitutes the starting point for a history of the body, with several related approaches emerging in the 1970s in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. This pioneering research on the subject forms the basis for a variety of studies in recent decades.

This book presents six theoretical approaches that conceive of the body as a historical and cultural object. After an introduction to the theory and methodology of each of them, an exemplary source analysis demonstrates that a theoretically informed approach can be used to create perspectives on the body in history that differ from its commonplace understandings. The book is aimed at advanced students and researchers with an interest in the history of the body and who are looking for a practical introduction to theory-guided work. 

Benjamin Held, Thomas Kirchhoff, Frederike van Oorschot, Philipp Stoellger, Ines-Jacqueline Werkner (Eds.)


"In the beginning was the rupture" – and it didn't stop at just one. The social, political, psychological, legal, ethical, economic, religious and ecclesiastical consequences of Corona will continue to affect living and future generations for years, if not decades. The scientific, literary, aesthetic and simply discursive everyday processing of this re-experience, a "collective trauma," will take time. Against this background, the authors in this volume - following on from the first FEST kompakt volume – take a look at the complex topic of corona impact assessment from different disciplinary perspectives.

Ines-Jacqueline Werkner, Madlen Krüger, Lotta Mayer (Eds.)

Krieg in der Ukraine: Hintergründe - Positionen - Reaktionen

Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine poses the biggest threat to peace in Europe since the end of World War II. Moreover, the armed invasion on February 24, 2022 marks a turning point for the European peace and security system: Putin aims not only to extend his influence in eastern Europe but also to establish a new world order. The authors of this edited volume examine the background of the war in Ukraine and the constellation of conflict parties. Furthermore, they analyze positions based on ethics of peace as well as those of the church, and highlight Western reactions to the war.

Vincent Heuveline, Nina Bisheh (Eds.)

E-Science-Tage 2021: Share Your Research Data

By sharing research data, scientists can benefit on all fronts: existing data sets can be reused and scientific progress can become more efficient. Data exchange creates more transparency, makes collaborations efficient and can be viewed as a quality assurance measure.

Throughout the E-Science-Tage 2021, the importance, risks and benefits of sharing research data was addressed. This conference proceeding book is a collection of presentations and posters on “Share Your Research data”.

Lisa Horstmann

Ikonographie in Bewegung: Die Überlieferungsgeschichte der Bilder des ›Welschen Gastes‹

How are medieval books transmitted with pictures and text and how do these change in the course of copying processes? This book explores this question and examines the transmission of pictures of the 'Welsche Gast' from an art historical perspective with the help of philological approaches. The 'Welsche Gast' is a Middle High German didactic poem written in 1215/1216 by the Italian cleric Thomasin von Zerklaere. Today, 24 copies of the manuscript have been preserved and large parts of them have been illuminated with a picture cycle. This book analyses the structure and genesis of the picture cycle as well as the changes within the 250-year transmission.

Ulrich Blanché (Ed.)

Stencil Stories: A Stencil History of Street Art / Geschichte des Schablonen-Graffiti

Banksy is one of the most famous artists today. The origins of his preferred technique, stencil graffiti, have so far remained largely unexplored. “Stencil Stories” tells their story. Beginning in 1870, a line is drawn from stencils for use, through propaganda and resistance stencils before 1945, protest stencils from May 1968, Pop Art and Conceptual Art stencils, from punk stencils and pochoirists to street art stencils and Banksy. Featuring Blek Le Rat, John Fekner, David Wojnarowicz, Vhils, Alex Vallauri, C215, Banksy or punk bands like CRASS and The Clash. Students from the university and the PH Heidelberg contributed texts.

Anastasia Eckert, Felicitas Julia Hübner, Fabienne Kathrin Knittel, Rüdiger Thomsen-Fürst (Eds.)

Valses de l’université de Heidelberg für Klavier zu zwei Händen

The Valses de l'université de Heidelberg for piano two hands are the work of the piano dealer F. C. Kohlenberger (1814‒1895), who worked in Geneva. In addition to his main profession, Kohlenberger composed and self-published his works. Besides the musical text, the volume also contains extensive commentaries devoted to the composer's biography, the history of the waltz in the 19th century, and the dance in the academic context of the University of Heidelberg.

Stephan Nicolussi-Köhler (Ed.)

Change and Transformation of Premodern Credit Markets: The Importance of Small-Scale Credits

This book explores the development of credit markets to mobilize large amounts of capital in the medieval and early modern period. The everyday financial dealings of craftsmen, farmers and townsmen actually represent the credit transactions of almost the entire historical population and are therefore of special importance. The studies presented in this book focus on the small-scale credit dealings in different regions (England, Wales, Tirol, Northern Italy, Germany, Low Countries). The contributions in the book discuss how the financial needs of the people involved, and the transformation of institutions during the Middle Ages and early modern period, affected access to capital markets and the practice of money lending.

Maria Effinger, Cornelia Logemann, Ulrich Pfisterer (Eds.)

Götterbilder und Götzendiener in der Frühen Neuzeit: Europas Blick auf fremde Religionen : eine Ausstellung der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, der Nachwuchsgruppe "Prinzip Personifikation", Transcultural Studies der Universität Heidelberg und des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

In the early modern period, Europe's view of the world's religions oscillated between attraction and repulsion, between fear of the unknown and simultaneous fascination. In addition to the conflicts over the various inner-European faiths, the confrontation with foreign religions became increasingly important from the 16th century onward: These were not only to be found in Asia, Africa and America, but also in the past of the Old World. The broadening of the European view in geographical as well as chronological terms led at the same time to a deepened consciousness of the identity of one's own culture and its historical conditions. From the beginning, images, mostly book illustrations, played a central role in the formation of these ideas alongside texts. The present volume presents the most effective graphic imprints, the most important texts and traditions on pagan beliefs, gods and cults against the background of the religious, historical-antiquarian and ethnographic interests of the early modern period and illuminates the functions of images and texts on foreign religions for a cultural comparison between science, fiction and polemics.

Adrian Kuhl, Silke Leopold, Dorothea Redepenning (Eds.)

Über das Marionettentheater (hinaus): Musik und Puppen

Based on a symposium, the volume discusses in various contributions the relationship between music and puppet theatre, which has a long and varied history. On the one hand, it focuses on the performance of opera with puppets in the 18th century and musicalised puppet theatre in the middle of the 20th century; on the other hand, the volume takes a look at the integration of puppet themes in the subject, aesthetics and staging of opera with real singers. This focus is complemented by a historical tour of the relationship between puppets and music and a look at the institutionalisation of puppetry in international organisations, using UNIMA and UNESCO as examples.

Benjamin Held, Frederike van Oorschot (Eds.)

Digitalisierung: Neue Technik – neue Ethik: Interdisziplinäre Auseinandersetzung mit den Folgen der digitalen Transformation

New Technologies - new Ethics? The volume, produced in interdisciplinary research at FEST, discusses what is "new" in and through digital technologies in different fields of science and society: What is truly new? Do novel objects, tools, forms of perception, means of cognition, questions, actors, and/or forms of communication emerge? Is something "new" recognizable or do existing questions continue in other medial forms?

The contributions are linked to one another by lines of arguments and fields, which - similar to hashtags - weave together individual statements into threads and thus enable mapping the debate around different concepts or phenomena. Throughout the volume, one can follow these threads:

- #predictability #surveillance #control #freedom #democracy

- #media change #perception #hermeneutics

- #anthropology #ethics #theology

This volume contributes to the necessary debate about the ethical shaping of the digital transformation and wants to stimulate further reflection, research, and discussion about new technologies and new ethics in the context of digitalization.

Susan Richter (Ed.)

Amo te solo: Briefe der Kurfürstin Elisabeth Augusta an den Herzog Clemens Franz in Bayern 1743–1770

The year 2021 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Elisabeth Augusta of the Palatinate (1721–1794). As the eldest granddaughter of Elector Carl Philipp, she was married to the heir to the electoral dignity, Carl Theodor, on her 21st birthday in Mannheim Castle. Her younger sister, Maria Anna, was married on the same day to Clemens Franz von Paula, Duke of Bavaria. Elisabeth Augusta and Clemens Franz had fallen in love with each other in the run-up to the marriages and maintained a close, intimate and also erotic relationship for many years. Their correspondence reflects their close relationship, their duties and limits, their boredom and hopes, their occasional weariness with court life and their understanding of their princely role. It is not an exchange of scholarly content or serious commentary on political developments, but a glimpse into the prince's everyday life, a piece of normality. Nevertheless, it is precisely this that appears all the more exciting, as the private scope of action of princely persons and the hidden language of love and passions are also revealed here.   

Klaus Lieberz, Lucie Adamek, Bertram Krumm (Eds.)

Die Richtlinien-Psychotherapie: Expeditionen in einem dunklen Kontinent

The book deals with the still unresolved questions of therapist selection, psychosomatic-psychotherapeutic/psychiatric diagnostics, indication and differential indication with regard to various psychotherapeutic procedures, assessment of disease severity and prognostic prospects under the naturalistic conditions of psychotherapeutic practice within the framework of guideline psychotherapy. The book particularly touches the interests of medical and psychological psychotherapists. The linkage of psychotherapeutic practice and research involves the question of the nature and extent of quality assurance in this field.

Susanna Werger

Le Caractère destructeur dans l'art: Poétique, musique et performance des mouvements d'avant-garde autour de la première guerre mondiale

La destruction est un angle de vue capable d'englober un grand nombre d'auteurs et de compositeurs différents. Ce travail propose de rechercher les répétitions au cours de l'histoire littéraire, de trouver les moments de continuité ou de rupture. Le dénominateur commun du caractère destructeur sert à détecter une facette du style de l'époque. L'intérêt de contempler plusieurs domaines dans l'art des mouvements d'avant-garde réside dans la pratique artistique qui connaît de plus en plus d'échanges et de synergies entre les différents domaines ; les formes d'expression s'entre-influencent, s'entrechoquent et communiquent. L'ouverture des genres et des frontières linguistiques, pour les études comparatives, rend cette démarche d'autant plus indispensable : cela implique l'étude des grands travaux qui unissent toutes les formes d'expression. Il est donc souhaitable que l'on puisse comprendre et visualiser les réciprocités entre la littérature, la musique et la performance. Le slogan captivant du caractère destructeur synthétise une base créative de l'art d'avant-garde et touche à son paradoxe inévitable : la destruction implique en effet des aspects créatifs ; l'espace libéré sera rempli aussitôt.

Destruction is a perspective that encompasses a large number of different authors and composers. This work seeks patterns of repetition throughout literary history, to find moments of continuity or rupture. The common denominator of destructiveness is used to detect a facet of the style of the time. The interest in contemplating several fields in the art of avant-garde movements lies in artistic practice, which is experiencing more and more exchanges and synergies between the different fields of literature, music and performance; forms of expression influence each other, clash and communicate. The opening up of genres and linguistic borders for comparative studies makes this approach all the more essential: this necessitates the study of the major works that unite all forms of expression. It is therefore desirable to be able to understand and visualize the reciprocity between the above fields. The captivating slogan of destructive character synthesises a creative basis of avant-garde art and touches upon its inevitable paradox: destruction actually implies creative aspects; the space freed up is immediately filled again.

Klaus-Peter Schroeder

Die Heidelberger Universität auf dem Weg in das „Dritte Reich“: Arnold Paul Ruge, Philipp Lenard – Emil Julius Gumbel

“Fellow students – the wind of pestilence that is the Jewish Rule is blowing against you!” – These words formed the headline of a leaflet published in 1920, penned by the Heidelberg lecturer Arnold Ruge. Ruge, as well as Philipp Lenard, Heidelberg University's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, are exemplary of a not insignificant circle of academic “fire-starters”, who already in the early years of the Weimar Republic unleashed a storm of antisemitism. One of the victims of this persecution, which was widely received amongst Heidelberg students of the time and supported by both Lenard and Ruge, was Emil Julius Gumbel. The hounding of Gumbel, which was organised by the National Socialist German Students' League, resulted in in the withdrawal of his venia legendi. Gumbel was prominently featured on a list of thirty-four Germans who were “expatriated” on August 23, 1933. Against the backdrop of these events, the impact of which was felt far beyond Heidelberg, this work illustrates the path of the Ruperto Carola into the catastrophe which was the Third Reich.

Detlef Junker

Deutschland und die USA 1871–2021

Deutschland und die USA 1871-2021 (Germany and the United States 1871–2021) is the first comprehensive look at 150 years of German-American relations. It traces this dramatic story in all its complexity from the founding of the German nation state in 1871 to World War I, the Weimar Republic, Hitler and Nazi Germany, the Cold War and its demise, and the revolution of 9/11. The book also scrutinizes the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump on one side of the Atlantic, as well as the tenure of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the other side.

This book comprises earlier publications of the author and closes with a new chapter on “Obama, Trump, der Niedergang einer imperialen Demokratie und die amerikanisch-deutschen Beziehungen 2009–2021 – Ein Essay.” (“Obama, Trump, the decline of an imperial democracy and American-German relations 2009–2021.”)

Dietrich Harth

José Rizals Kampf um Leben und Tod: Facetten einer kolonialismuskritischen Biografie

José Rizal (1861-1896) studied medicine in Manila and Madrid, completed a special training as an ophthalmologist in Paris, Heidelberg and Berlin, wrote poems and socially critical novels, and attacked with a pointed pen the arbitrary colonial rule of the Spaniards over his Filipino-Tagalog homeland. Although he was a partisan of non-violent decolonization, he was sentenced to death by a Spanish military tribunal for incitement to riot and executed. Dietrich Harth’s biography approaches the life and work of the Filipino intellectual in four steps. In the first part, he sums up the most important phases of the more than 300 years of colonial rule of the Spanish crown and outlines the changes that followed the American regime, with particular emphasis on the idolization of Rizal as a national hero. The second part chronicles the history of the family background, the education and the persecution of Rizal, while the third part is devoted to his diverse, scholarly inspired research interests, which he treated in numerous essays, and not least to his closely related polemics against the colonial regime. The last part deals with the politically as well as literary remarkable novels Noli me tángere and El Filibusterismo, which established Rizal's fame in the Southeast Asian world and which is part of government-ordered reading in all educational institutions in the Philippines. The present biography is the first comprehensive presentation in German that seeks to approach Rizal's way of thinking in a direct way, i.e. by translating it from Filipino Spanish into German.

Sarah Jäger

Jenseits des Patriarchats: Ansätze feministischer Theologie

"If God is male, then the male is God" – this is how the American feminist theologian Mary Daly put it in 1973. Much has happened since then: Different concepts of feminist theology have rethought the central contexts of Christian theology and have dreamed of a more just world for men and women.

This book presents the central course of development of feminist theologies from their beginnings to the present day. At the same time, it outlines an own approach that explores the chances of a contemporary queer gender-conscious theology.

Sebastian Starystach, Kristina Höly (Eds.)

The Silence of Organizations: How Organizations Cover up Wrongdoings

Be it child abuse in the Catholic Church, manipulations of transplant lists or the current Dieselgate cases. Scandals repeatedly shake our trust in organizations. Against the backdrop of the devastation that rule-breaking in and by organizations leaves in our society, it is necessary to address how wrongdoings and crimes are regularly swept under the organizational carpet. To this end, the present anthology brings together contributions of international researchers from various disciplines to explain how organizational wrongdoing can flourish in the shadow of organizational silence despite tightening regulations, and increased efforts of compliance and prosecution.

Christine Nawa, Christoph Meinel (Eds.)

Von der Forschung gezeichnet: Instrumente und Apparaturen in Heidelberger Laboratorien, skizziert von Friedrich Veith (1817–1907)

In the heyday of the University of Heidelberg in the 19th century luminaries such as the chemist Robert Bunsen, the physicist Gustav Kirchhoff and the physiologist Hermann Helmholtz coined the University’s fame. They had their scientific instruments and experimental setups depicted by the University’s drawing teacher Friedrich Veith (1817–1907). A portfolio of some 50 of his drawings from 1856 to 1891forms a unique source for the experimental culture of that period. It also testifies to the importance of visual communication in science and to the role of the many ‘invisible hands’ on which research depends.

Ladislaus Ludescher

Vergessene Welten und blinde Flecken: Die mediale Vernachlässigung des Globalen Südens. Quantitative geografische Mediendiskursanalyse über die Berichterstattung der Tagesschau und ausgewählter Leitmedien

"How realistically do media portray the world?" is not only one of the crucial issues of media studies, but also a question that probably every viewer or reader has asked himself at some point. The long-term study Vergessene Welten und blinde Flecken (Forgotten Worlds and Blind Spots) has evaluated, among other things, about 5,100 broadcasts of the German news program Tagesschau from 1996 and from 2007 to 2019 as well as reports from selected leading media (Deutschlandfunk, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Brennpunkt, Anne Will, Hart aber Fair, Maischberger, Maybrit Illner, CBS Evening News, The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian and Le Monde). It comes to the conclusion that the countries of the global south (the so-called developing countries or Third World) are massively underrepresented in German reporting.

Gernot Burkhardt

Minor Planet Names with Ties to Heidelberg

This excerpt of the database Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (DMPN) gives 169 names of minor planets with ties to Heidelberg to date, i.e. August 2020, out of the total number of 22,129 names. It is an update to the Wissenschaftsatlas der Universität Heidelberg on the occasion of the university's 625 year anniversary in 2011 which listed 97 minor planet names.

Haut: Kultur und Geschichte

Driven by growing interest, our skin is much discussed, esteemed and occasionally also abused. Skin and skin care have changed over time from early history to today. Beauty and ugliness complement each other to create a new quality of attractiveness. In addition, some historical reminiscences are presented to confirm the great interest in our skin, its cultural and historical relevance.

Henry Keazor, Maria Effinger (Eds.)

FAKE - Fälschungen, wie sie im Buche stehen: Eine Ausstellung der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg und des Instituts für Europäische Kunstgeschichte der Universität Heidelberg

Fälschungen und Bücher haben mehr miteinander zu tun, als man gemeinhin denken könnte. Naheliegend und nicht weiter erstaunlich ist, dass Fälscher Bücher konsultieren, um daraus Vorlagen für ihre Fälschungen zu gewinnen und sich das notwendige Wissen zu deren Herstellung anzueignen.

Doch es gibt noch mehr Bezüge zwischen Fälschungen und Büchern: Denn die Fälschungen werden sodann oftmals mit Hilfe von Büchern lanciert (z.B. mittels Werkkatalogen), in denen sie von getäuschten Autoren unwissentlich als vermeintliche Originale veröffentlicht werden. Im schlimmsten Fall manipulieren Fälscher zu Täuschungszwecken sogar gleich direkt Kataloge, in denen die Fälschungen dann plötzlich als echte Werke erscheinen. Und am Ende können, wie der spektakuläre 'Galileo'-Fall kürzlich zeigte, sogar ganze historische Bücher gefälscht und als vermeintliche Preziosen verkauft werden. Bücher sind für Fälscher jedoch nicht immer nur von Vorteil, sie können ihnen auch zum Verhängnis werden: Wissenschaftliche Bücher enttarnen Fälschungen und lassen deren Schöpfer auffliegen. Entlarvt, aber dafür nun eventuell populär, vermarkten Fälscher nicht selten ihre eigene Geschichte im Rahmen von Autobiografien bzw. werden in Romanen zu literarischen Figuren.

Die Ausstellung 'FAKE: Fälschungen, wie sie im Buche stehen' thematisiert und dokumentiert diese und weitere Aspekte anhand einer Gegenüberstellung von echten Büchern und gefälschten Kunstwerken.

Benjamin Held, Thomas Kirchhoff, Frederike van Oorschot, Philipp Stoellger, Ines-Jacqueline Werkner (Eds.)

Corona als Riss: Perspektiven für Kirche, Politik und Ökonomie

The corona pandemic has changed our everyday life, politics and economy in a way that was previously unimaginable. What was previously taken for granted no longer applies – cracks have appeared in the continuity of our worldview and way of life. Some of them have a revealing effect, others lead to ruptures or can hardly be held together. In the hope of controlling the pandemic our possibilities have been limited. Alternatives – not infrequently stopgaps – are developing into a new 'normal'. How can we react to the pandemic and the problems and dilemmas it causes? How can we embrace the emerging opportunities? The authors develop perspectives for the time with and after Corona.

Eike U. Decker

»Recessive« Information in Language: A Probabilistic Information Model as the Basis of Informational Linguistics and Systems Linguistics

This book presents a language model based on information and systems theory. Language is understood as a dynamic system that processes information. The elements of this system are connected by weighted relations. These relations and their weights are changeable and allow a probabilistic analysis of language production. This model opens up new ways of analyzing language and the development of new flexible Natural Language Processing technologies by distinguishing between linguistic information that is perceived (“linguistic phenotype”) and information that is not perceived (“recessive information) and by arguing that language has to be seen as a probabilistically organized information system.

Laura Henkelmann

Der "Kalendrier la Royne" des Wilhelm von Saint-Cloud: Edition und lexikalische Analyse

The Kalendarium Regine, composed by the French astronomer William of Saint-Cloud in 1296 for Queen Marie of Brabant and translated into old French as Kalendrier la Royne some years later, is an impressive document which illustrates the development of medieval sciences from a pure clerical culture to a lay culture. The Kalendrier reveals the significance of medieval calendars linking science and daily use not only by reflecting the state of knowledge in the field of astronomy and calendar computation around 1300 but also by a detailed didactic commentary which serves as an instruction manual.

Vincent Heuveline, Fabian Gebhart, Nina Mohammadianbisheh (Eds.)

E-Science-Tage 2019: Data to Knowledge

Digitization offers a new, efficient tool to support scientific progress. Using modern information systems, research data can be digitally archived in almost all areas and reused more easily if necessary. Nowadays, when collective knowledge has grown enormously, systematization of research data is more important than ever. The E-Science Days 2019, which led to this publication, offered the opportunity to explore new ways of research data computing and helped to enhance digital science through a lively exchange of experiences and innovations.

Sarah-Denise Fabian, Rüdiger Thomsen-Fürst (Eds.)

Oper – Südwest: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Oper an den südwestdeutschen Höfen des 18. Jahrhunderts

For Silke Leopold on the occasion of her 70th birthday presented by the staff of the research centre »History of Southwest German Court Music« of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.

»Opera – Southwest« illuminates aspects of music theatre, especially at the Southwest German courts of the eighteenth century. New possibilities for the reconstruction of the opera repertoire in Rastatt, Baron Sigismund von Rumling's Musiktheater in Zweibrücken and the special final arrangement of Niccolò Jommellis Didone abbandonata at the Württemberg court, and also the composition process of Johann Adolph Hasse's Dresden operas will be discussed. In addition, three contributions are dedicated to Franz Danzi and his discourse with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Aegidius Romanus, Volker Hartmann (Ed.)

Über die Fürstenherrschaft (ca. 1277-1279): Nach der Handschrift Rom, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, cod. borgh. 360 und unter Benutzung der Drucke Rom 1556 und Rom 1607

The mirror of princes De regimine principum, by Giles of Rome (d. 1316), was not only the most widely disseminated text of its genre, but also one of the most read of all secular writings of the Late Middle Ages . It was translated into most vernacular languages of Western Christianity. This is the first modern bilingual edition of the text, based on the contemporary manuscript Cod. Borgh. 360 of the Vatican Library, and containing all textual variants of the prints Rome 1556 and 1607, that have been used most often by recent scholarship. A short commentary provides added information about where to find the passages quoted by Giles from his sources.

Wiebke Beushausen

Dirty Skirts: Body Politics and Coming-of-Age in Feminist Fiction of the Caribbean Diaspora

The coming-of-age novel continues to be an important genre for depicting the interrelation of body, subject, and society. Women writers of the Caribbean diaspora return to this genre to describe lived experience and both social inclusion and exclusion, that either support or inhibit personal development within seemingly predetermined power structures. This study investigates and defines the Caribbean-diasporic coming-of-age novels which aim to decolonize the genre of the Bildungsroman. It offers a comparative perspective on the novels written by Angie Cruz, Edwidge Danticat, Ramabai Espinet, and Makeda Silvera, who write about adolescent, maternal, homoerotic, unruly, violated, and rebellious bodies. Close reading focuses on the fictional representations and discourses of hegemonic and subversive body politics under postcolonial and migrant conditions. The book shows how feminist, political writing makes marginalized bodies, identities, and histories visible.

The study’s focus on the body in contexts of migration is political and of high contemporary relevance. Moving bodies are certainly not a new phenomenon of our immediate present. However, the ways these bodies come to matter within the globalized world have been shifting considering  the contemporary paradox of seemingly borderless global markets and free-floating capital but increasing control of certain bodies at quite real national borders. The bodies written in the four novels thus function as social, cultural, and historical documents offering at the same time a powerful statement on political discourses of our time.

Daniela Gress (Ed.)

Minderheiten und Arbeit im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert: Aspekte einer vielschichtigen Beziehungsgeschichte

There are few topics that divide opinions in social contexts so much as "minorities" and "work". The current interdisciplinary anthology focuses on this complex history of relationships and explores processes of minority inclusion and exclusion in the history of work throughout the 19th and 20th century. The different methodological approaches developed by the junior researchers show how productive the perspective of minority research can be for explorations in the history of work.

Theresa Ruperti Repilado

La grand et la parfit overaigne de geomancie: Edition und lexikalische Analyse der ersten "Parcel" nach der Handschrift Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 398

In the Middle Ages, geomancy was an enormously popular divinatory technique whose similarity to astronomy made it a science in its own right.

One of the most important authors of a medieval geomancy is the Flemish cleric William of Moerbeke. The geomantic treatise that he composed most likely in 1269 was translated into French in the middle of the 14th century. The present work includes a critical text edition and a comprehensive lexical analysis of the first part of the Old French translation. Furthermore, additional background information concerning the text, its language and its subject matter are included to provide a deeper understanding of the text.

Orsolya Heinrich-Tamáska, Roland Prien (Eds.)

Castrum Virtuale: Rekonstruktion eines spätantiken Fundorts am Plattensee. Eine Ausstellung in Gedenken an Prof. Géza Alföldy

A fortification extending over 15 hectares was built in the 4th century AD in the Roman province of Pannonia at Keszthely-Fenékpuszta. The archaeological investigations undertaken so far on the western shore of Lake Balaton have revealed its defences and monumental buildings as well as numerous burials. Together they give us insights into the 300-year-long occupation of the site.

The publication accompanying the exhibition contains the results of the German-Hungarian excavation initiated in 2009. The potential for visualising the excavated buildings is given particular emphasis, in the shape of 3D reconstructions, evocations of daily life and models.

Annette Kämmerer, Joachim Funke (Eds.)

Seelenlandschaften: Streifzüge durch die Psychologie. 98 persönliche Positionen

Eine bunt gemischt Auswahl von 98 Professorinnen und Professoren für Psychologie aus den deutschsprachigen Ländern haben auf knappem Raum etwas ganz Persönliches dargestellt - etwas, das im Alltagsgeschäft der Psychologie keinen Platz findet, mit dem aber etwas angesprochen wird oder in dem etwas anklingt, was den speziellen Reiz der Psychologie oder des Psychologischen für sie ausmacht. Das Buch ist ein buntes Kaleidoskop geworden, es sind im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes Streifzüge durch Seelenlandschaften.

Maria Effinger, Karin Seeber (Eds.)

"Es ist schon eine wunderbare Zeit, die ich jetzt lebe": Die Heidelberger Gelehrte Marie Luise Gothein (1863–1931). Eine Ausstellung der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg

Marie Luise Gotheins "Geschichte der Gartenkunst" erschien 1914 und ist bis heute ein Standardwerk. In Preußen geboren, verdankte sie ihrem Mann, dem Nationalökonom und Kulturwissenschaftler Eberhard Gothein, ihr akademisches Leben in Karlsruhe, Bonn und Heidelberg. Früh emanzipierte sich die Mutter von vier Söhnen jedoch mit eigenen anglistischen Studien und Übersetzungen. Die Stadt am Neckar wurde der Autorin zur "dritten letzten Heimat". Briefe und Texte von Max und Marianne Weber sowie von Edgar Salin belegen Gotheins Beitrag zum "Heidelberger Geist".
Jedoch sind dies nur Facetten einer vernachlässigten Persönlichkeit der deutschen Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Neben den Gärten beschäftigten sie religions- und kulturhistorische Fragen, später wandte sie sich dem asiatischen Kulturkreis zu und lernte Sanskrit, um das indische Drama zu erforschen. Für ihre Studien reiste sie nach England, Italien, Griechenland, Indonesien, China und Japan. Der Katalog zur Ausstellung stellt Gotheins Leben, Werk und Reisen in einer Gesamtschau vor.

Sigrid Böge

Orthogonale Gruppen und der Satz von Minkowski-Siegel: Vorlesung Wintersemester 2016–2017

This manuscript arose from a course which I gave during the winter term 2016/17 at the University of Heidelberg. The attraction for me consisted in showing in detail that the formula of Minkowski-Siegel in Siegel‘s paper from 1935, is equivalent to the statement that the Tamagawa number of the orthogonal group (for a positive definite quadratic form) equals 2. Everybody knows that, but nobody has presented the calculations in detail. Furthermore, one can use the formulas to consider representations of numbers by quadratic forms. The starting point for this is taken from “Quadratic forms” by M. Kneser. Furthermore, by proving the Minkowski inequalities in orthogonal groups, I describe Siegel domains and estimate their volume.

Gerd Uwe Auffarth (Ed.), Frank Krogmann

Die Zukunft im Blick: 150 Jahre Universitäts-Augenklinik Heidelberg

2018 blicken wir auf eine in diesem Buch sehr unterhaltsam dargestellte 150-jährige Geschichte der Universitäts-Augenklinik zurück, lernen die Menschen kennen, die die Klinik geprägt haben, sowie ihre akademischen Ehren und Verwicklungen. Die jeweiligen gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen werden aufgezeigt, z. B. von der Einführung des Frauenstudiums („unerhört“) bis zu den ersten Assistenzärztinnen, wie ein Ordinarius berufen wird und wie viel Reichsmark ein „geheimer Hofrat“ verdiente.

Dieses Buch ist daher nicht nur für Mediziner, sondern für alle historisch Interessierten lesenswert.

Sara Springfeld

Modi di cantar sonetti: Italienische Sonettvertonungen bis ins 17. Jahrhundert

The sonnet is considered one of the most enduring forms of European poetry. Throughout its almost 800-year history, it has not only challenged the artistic exploration and experimentation of poets, but also of composers. Whilst offering a range of creative possibilities for composers when setting a sonnet to music, they also faced problems when dealing with the asymmetrical stanza form of the text. This book concentrates on Italian sonnets from Francesco Petrarca to Giambattista Marino, which became popular text sources for the frottola, the madrigal and accompanied solo song in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns: Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien

This publication introduces original and so far unknown material of the Heidelberg scholar Hermann Klaatsch (1863-1916) about the cultural heritage of Indigenous groups in Northwest Australia. Between 1904 and 1907 Klaatsch conducted extensive ethnographic research and collecting activities in Australia. The analyses of his most productive time in Northwest Australia 1905/1906 presents new approaches concerning the history, influence and dissemination of the German academic tradition, its understanding of cultures and research ethics. Thus, this book makes a crucial contribution to provenance research, repatriation and cultural heritage in a globalized world.

Immo Appenzeller, Dirk Dubbers, Hans-Georg Siebig, Albrecht Winnacker (Eds.)

Heidelberger Physiker berichten - Rückblicke auf Forschung in der Physik und Astronomie: Band 5: Vielfalt der Physik

As with the previous volumes in the series „Report’s from Heidelberg’s Physicists”, in volume 4, intended to be the penultimate volume in the series, Heidelberg lecturers not only of Physics but also of Physical Chemistry, look back on the development of their scientific careers and developments in their subjects. This volume has a special emphasis on application, as is mentioned in the title, which in the tradition of physics in Heidelberg has played more of a marginal role.  The subtitle of the volume points on the one hand towards the personal academic development of the individual lecturers, and on the other hand towards the general tendency for basic research to open itself to being applied. In the texts presented in this volume this development occurs methodically, by applying the possibilities that result from the use of highly developed methods in laser spectroscopy, modern optics and spin resonance, to pose practical questions, often of an interdisciplinary nature, in areas such as biology, medicine, process engineering and materials science.  It is precisely this interdisciplinary aspect of the research being presented that is characteristic of a trend in science today.

Immo Appenzeller, Dirk Dubbers, Hans-Georg Siebig, Albrecht Winnacker (Eds.)

Heidelberger Physiker berichten - Rückblicke auf Forschung in der Physik und Astronomie: Band 4: Von den Grundlagen zur Anwendung

As with the previous volumes in the series „Report’s from Heidelberg’s Physicists”, in volume 4, intended to be the penultimate volume in the series, Heidelberg lecturers not only of Physics but also of Physical Chemistry, look back on the development of their scientific careers and developments in their subjects. This volume has a special emphasis on application, as is mentioned in the title, which in the tradition of physics in Heidelberg has played more of a marginal role.  The subtitle of the volume points on the one hand towards the personal academic development of the individual lecturers, and on the other hand towards the general tendency for basic research to open itself to being applied. In the texts presented in this volume this development occurs methodically, by applying the possibilities that result from the use of highly developed methods in laser spectroscopy, modern optics and spin resonance, to pose practical questions, often of an interdisciplinary nature, in areas such as biology, medicine, process engineering and materials science.  It is precisely this interdisciplinary aspect of the research being presented that is characteristic of a trend in science today.


Die akademische Gerichtsbarkeit der Universität Heidelberg: Rechtsprechung, Statuten und Gerichtsorganisation von der Gründung der Universität 1386 bis zum Ende der eigenständigen Gerichtsbarkeit 1867

An academic court existed from the university’s early days on. In Heidelberg one can still find the Karzer, the University prison. The court held jurisdiction on all fields of law. The personal jurisdiction was not limited to students, as the court judged on professors, their domestic workers and certain craftsmen. In at least one case the court imposed the death penalty.

Anne Jürgens

Russischsprachige Bevölkerung in Osteuropa – von der Titularnation zur Minderheit: Demokratische Transformation und gesellschaftliche Integration im Baltikum und in der Ukraine

A large number of Russian-speakers today live in the successor states of the Soviet Union. The contemporary social position of Russian-speakers is a result of their role in the democratic transition process and is based upon the desicion-making of new political elites. Despite neither having a strong homogeneity nor acting as a political or social cohort, the group is often perceived as a minority, hence partly placed in disadvantage both juridically and socioeconomically. The aim of this study is to address this problem by comparison of the development in the Baltic States, specifically in Estonia, and in Ukraine. Additionally, the crisis in Ukraine in 2014 is exemplified as an excursus.

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