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December

New Release | Olmo Gölz and Cornelia Brink "Gewalt und Heldentum"

by Olmo Gölz und Cornelia Brink:
Gewalt und Heldentum, Helden - Heroisierungen - Heroismen, Vol. 16

Heroic tales recount violence, which can be defined as a deliberate assault on the body of another against their will. The act of violence is a culmination of courage, determination, contempt for rules and the power to act; violence appears as a paradigmatic test of the individual. Violence forces those involved to position themselves in relation to it – perpetrators as well as victims, participants as well as bystanders, contemporaries as well as descendants. In this volume, three perspectives on the heroization, endurance and avoidance of violence structure different literary, historical, cultural and sociological approaches to identifying the relationship between the heroic and physical violence. An introductory essay identifies theoretical intersections between violence and heroism.

Further information on the SFB Publications page.

New Release | Olmo Gölz and Cornelia Brink "Gewalt und Heldentum"

September

New Release | Christiane Hadamitzky "Heroism in Victorian Periodicals 1850–1900"

by Christiane Hadamitzky:

Heroism in Victorian Periodicals 1850–1900. Chambers’s Journal – Leisure Hour – Fraser’s Magazine, Helden - Heroisierungen - Heroismen, Vol. 15

Nineteenth century Britain was an age of rapid technological, political and societal change. This was also reflected in the media: Industrially-produced print media opened a mass market with publications for almost any (niche-) interest one could think of. The societal changes also resulted in a growing need for orientation which in many publications was answered using the semantics of the heroic. As guiding figures, heroes were supposed to offer role models for a variety different readerships. By analysing Chambers’s Journal, Fraser’s Magazine and Leisure Hour, this study analyses different conceptions of the heroic on the Victorian print market and shows how the heroic was used for different didactic, social and political purposes in addressing different readerships within the context of changing power structures.

New Release | Christiane Hadamitzky "Heroism in Victorian Periodicals 1850–1900"

August

New Release | Zhuangying Chen and Achim Aurnhammer "Deutsch-chinesische Helden und Anti-Helden"

 by Zhuangying Chen and Achim Aurnhammer:

Deutsch-chinesische Helden und Anti-Helden. Strategien der Heroisierung und Deheroisierung in interkultureller Perspektive, Helden - Heroisierungen - Heroismen, Vol. 13

This volume elucidates the changing relationship between heroization and othering in a German-Chinese cultural comparison. Intercultural case studies illustrate which representatives of German culture and history were subjected to a process of heroization or were disparaged as negative anti-heroes in Chinese culture. Vice versa, Chinese figures who adopted a corresponding heroic or antiheroic function within the German-speaking world are also examined. This German-Chinese dialogue, in which cultural scientists from Germany and China participate, is guided by the assumption that processes of heroization and de-heroization represent paradigmatic focal points in the economics of intercultural transfer. The relationship between individual and collective heroism and the meaning of alienness - be it of Chinese or German characteristics - when importing heroes offer new perspectives insofar as these importations prove to be complex and inconsistent.

Further information on the SFB Publications page.

New Release | Zhuangying Chen and Achim Aurnhammer "Deutsch-chinesische Helden und Anti-Helden"

July

New Release | Barbara Beßlich, Nicolas Detering, Hanna Klessinger, Dieter Martin, Mario Zanucchi "Geistesheld und Heldengeist"

by Barbara Beßlich, Nicolas Detering, Hanna Klessinger, Dieter Martin, Mario Zanucchi:

Geistesheld und Heldengeist, Studien zum Verhältnis von Intellekt und Heroismus, Helden - Heroisierungen - Heroismen, Vol. 14

Heroic spirit and heroic action can be connected in many ways – when intellect and heroism compete, when poet and ruler complement each other or when spirit and act are synthesized to form one heroic character. Drawing on recent concepts of heroism and agency, this volume brings together articles from various disciplines. They shed light on the long history and broad intercultural relevance of the topic in order to determine its potential for future cultural studies.

Further information on the SFB Publications page

New Release | Barbara Beßlich, Nicolas Detering, Hanna Klessinger, Dieter Martin, Mario Zanucchi "Geistesheld und Heldengeist"

June

New Release | Andreas J. Haller "Mythische Räume der Gesetzlosigkeit in..."

Andreas J. Haller
"Mythische Räume der Gesetzlosigkeit in Erzählungen über Robin Hood, Klaus Störtebeker und Jesse James"


 

Dieses Buch widmet sich den Erzähltraditionen um drei gesetzlose Helden, die in England, Deutschland und Nordamerika ansässig waren: Robin Hood, Klaus Störtebeker und Jesse James üben eine bis heute anhaltende Faszination aus. Im Mythos des Gesetzlosen finden gesellschaftliche Diskurse um Recht und Gerechtigkeit, um Herrschaft und Widerstand, um Souveränität und Legitimität einen narrativen Ausdruck. Erzählungen, in denen Räuber, Piraten oder Banditen zu Rebellen und schließlich zu Helden avancieren, gestalten die Widersprüche innerhalb rechtlich geordneter Gesellschaften literarisch. Rechtsordnungen besitzen einen sozialen und einen territorialen Aspekt. In der narrativen Darstellung historischer Raumkonstellationen wird die Vorstellung vom Recht als konstituierendem gesellschaftlichem Faktor anschaulich. Die vorliegende Studie eröffnet eine neue Perspektive auf die Bedeutung der heroischen Gesetzlosigkeit als einem Phänomen der sozialen und räumlichen Transgression.

New Release | Andreas J. Haller "Mythische Räume der Gesetzlosigkeit in..."

June

Third Funding Phase for CRC / SFB 948 granted

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) is granting the final third funding phase to CRC / SFB 948 (2020-2024)

The senate committee for CRC (Collaborative Research Centres; SFB) by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) has granted to extend the funding of CRC / SFB 948 at May 28th.

This provides the CRC / SFB 948 the opportunity to finish the research program at the final last funding period.

More informations :

...about the third funding phase

...the press release of the University of Freiburg

...the press release of the German Research Foundation (DFG) (german only)

Third Funding Phase for CRC / SFB 948 granted

February

New Release | "Handlungsportraet und Herrscherbild"

Die Zuschreibung heroischer Tatkraft und die Mythisierung der Tat praegen die antiken Handlungsportraets Alexanders des Großen bis in die roemische Kaiserzeit.
Dass Herrscher wie Helden inszeniert werden, ist eine gaengige Praxis. Alexander der Große (356-323 v. Chr.) gehoerte zu den revolutionaeren Herrschern der Antike. Sein Image wurde - bis weit in die Neuzeit - umgestaltet und neu modelliert. Beispielhaft dafuer sind seine bildlichen Darstellungen aus der griechisch-roemischen Antike. Sie folgten weniger historischer Faktizitaet als den Vorstellungen ihrer Produzenten und Betrachter. Dabei vermittelten die Handlungsportraets Alexanders das Bild eines durch sein Handeln - und nicht nur durch Qualitaeten oder koenigliches Charisma - ausgezeichneten Herrschers. Vom spaeten 4. Jh. v. Chr. bis in die roemische Kaiserzeit lassen sich dabei Formen der visuellen Heroisierung Alexanders, ja der Mythisierung seiner Taten beobachten. Die Handlungsportraets des Eroberers sind damit Beispielfaelle fuer die Zuschreibung heroischer Tatkraft an einen antiken Herrscher und fuer die Mythisierung seiner Erfolge im Bild.

New Release | "Handlungsportraet und Herrscherbild"

January

New Release | "Held - Märtyrer - Usurpator"

The 11th volume in the SFB 948 series "Helden – Heroisierung – Heroismen" (Ergon-Verlag, Würzburg) has been released: "Held - Märtyrer - Usurpator. Der europäische Napoleonismus im Vergleich (1821-1869)", by Benjamin Marquart.

In the beginning there was Napoleon’s death. It marked a fissure for the contemporary discourses on the heroic of the 19th century. In the imagination of european societies, more than ever, the departed hero lived on as the homme du siècle as which he had tried to represent himself in his lifetime. By talking about him contemporaries were simultaneously arguing about the fundamental challenges of a postrevolutionary era in constant motion. This study analyses contemporary discourse about the hero Napoleon in France, Great Britain and Germany between 1821 and 1869. It shows how he, as an exceptional figure that oscillated between the heroic, the sacred and the demonic, functioned as a versatile symbolic figure on the spectrum between politics of legitimacy and politics of history.

Further information on the SFB Publications page and the publishing house's website.

New Release | "Held - Märtyrer - Usurpator"

January

New E-Journal Special Issue 6 (2019)

Special Issue 6 (2019) of the SFB 948 e-journal helden. heroes. héros. has been published. Download it here.

New E-Journal Special Issue 6 (2019)

August

New Release | "Helden müssen sterben"

The 10th volume in the SFB 948 series "Helden – Heroisierung – Heroismen" (Ergon-Verlag, Würzburg) has been released: "Helden müssen sterben. Von Sinn und Fragwürdigkeit des heroischen Todes", edited by Cornelia Brink, Nicole Falkenhayner and Ralf von den Hof.

Further information on the SFB Publications page and the publishing house's website.

New Release | "Helden müssen sterben"