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410009 SE Colloquium of the research cluster "Archaeology and material culture" (2021W)

Parallels, comparisons, analogies as method

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German



ATTENTION: This course is intended for students of historical-cultural dissertation areas only. Registrations from students of other fields of study cannot be accepted.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Many of our interpretations in (Historical) Cultural Studies are based on parallels, comparisons and analogies. In the course for PhD students these methodological and theoretical basics (what is a parallel, what is a comparison, what is an analogy) are first discussed on the basis of relevant literature. Important are basics about homology, synchronous/diachronous, un/temporally similar, /regional/extra-regional. The different source genres also play a role: word-based sources (including participant observation, interviews, where appropriate), image-based sources, and object-based sources. It is possible that other sources may be added. It is important to include other sub-disciplines such as ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and others.
In the seminar, students will work out a presentation on the topic of their dissertation and present it for discussion.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active and constant participation, presentation of a study on the course topic from the subject area of their dissertation. Written paper (4000-5000 words).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

active and constant participation, oral presentation and submission of a written paper (4000-5000 words)

Examination topics

Literature on the course topic (see below, more will be made available via Moodle)

Reading list

Alexander Gramsch (Hrsg.): Vergleichen als historische Methode. Analogien in den Archäologien (BAR Internat. Ser 825) (Oxford 2000)

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 14.10.2021 12:09