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Project S3



Prof. Dr. Joachim Grage
Prof. (apl.) Dr. Cornelia Brink
Dr. Olmo Goelz
Dr. Andreas Plackinger

Scandinavian Seminary
Department of History
Department of Middle-Eastern Studies
Department of Art History


This project investigates masculinity as a fundamental category of the heroic and thus contributes to critical masculinity studies within the wider field of gender research. As the SFB's previous research has shown, it is men that are predominantly worshipped as heroes. Simultaneously, the heroization of men conveys ideal masculinities, around which both men and women are forced to position themselves. In this project, culturally and historically varying masculinities will be analyzed and compared from the perspectives of the studies of Islam, history, visual arts, literature and culture.