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Our Research Approaches

In our research projects, we engage in interdisciplinary discussions about the objects. We take a perspective that allows us to look at things in different ways: The research perspective does not describe what is looked at, but the direction in which we look at research objects.

Object Links

The Object Links research approach does not analyse the objects themselves, but the links between the objects and between objects and people. read more


The Materialities research approach addresses material culture with an increased focus on materials as matter from which artefacts are made. read more

Digital Humanities

At the IMAREAL, we use the potentials of digitisation for research and teaching in cultural studies. read more

Sensing Materiality and Virtuality

In the research perspective Sensing Materiality and Virtuality we investigate, primarily focusing on the German-language afterlife journeys of the High and Late Middle Ages, the thought form of the virtual and its interaction with the materiality and sensuality of the body and world. read more

Focus on Things

As a cultural studies research institute we focus on subjects of material culture addressing the manifold interactions between people and the material world in a historical perspective (12th to 17th century).

Grasping the Meaning of Things

Grasping the Meaning of Things

We focus on things, their contexts, and the practices in which they participate.

Seizing Materiality

Seizing Materiality

Dealing with materials reveals their properties. We study the knowledge about materials that was stored by choosing, symbolising and working on them.

Practising Interdisciplinarity

Practising Interdisciplinarity

Our research involves many disciplines connecting the different perspectives and methods from archaeology, German studies, historical science and art history.

Our Research Projects

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