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"War and Heroism"

Winter Semester 2013/14 - About

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. In light of this occasion the Collaborative Research Center 948 “Heroes – Heroizations – Heroisms” organized the lecture series “Krieg und Heldentum” (War and Heroism) in the Winter Semester 2013/14.

Each lecture addressed heroic concepts and heroizations as they can be observed in connection with war(s). The lectures were concerned primarily with the following question: In what ways are war(s) justified or mythicized in certain historical situations by drawing on heroic figures and heroizations? In addition, those mediums (e.g. symbols, rituals, mementos) were also discussed in which societies attempt to make sense of the (inherent) experiences associated with war, such as grief and death.

The lecture series “Krieg und Heldentum” is therefore understood as part of the modern approach to military history which concerns itself with war(s) more in relation to a cultural and social history of violence. In this respect the lecture series explored new avenues by offering a combination of lectures from historiography, literary studies, sociology, religious studies, classical archaeology and art history.

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