About us

Our research focuses on premodern configurations of power and domination (Macht and Herrschaft) in Asia, Europe and northern Africa. In recent years, it has become apparent that an analysis of the traditional political-social forms of organization is essential to understand the processes subsumed under the keyword "globalization". We particularly emphazise the transcultural and trans-epochal analytical categories of "Power" and "Domination"/“Rule”.

Our aim is to reveal the interdependence of "lived", actually established order on the one hand and its perception, representation and commentary on the other hand. In doing so, we want to overcome or at least level the hitherto ubiquitous Eurocentrism in the study of power and domination. To this end, the boundaries set by the academic disciplines that have emerged in the European world will be questioned. Instead, a transcultural approach to describing power and domination will be pursued. Therefore, we understand the cultural areas studied as hybrid entities subject to multifaceted influences, that themselves provide impulses for change.

The special promotion of young researchers in the humanities is of great concern to us. The center is also committed to the goals of the University of Bonn for the implementation of equality.

Über uns
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Our Members

Who are our members?

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Organization and Executive Board

How is the center structured and what committees do we have?

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Who are our cooperation partners?




Subject Areas


Research Projects

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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The former CRC 1167

The Center's predecessor, the Collaborative Research Center 1167 "Macht and Herrschaft - Premodern Configurations in Transcultural Perspective", was an interdisciplinary consortium based at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Bonn. Scientists from 15 departments investigated in premodern phenomena of power and domination in Asia, Europe and Northern Africa in 20 sub-projects, spread over a period of more than 5,000 years.

The CRC has not only brought forth two publication series, which are being continued by the center, but also its own wiki.

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