Our Research Groups

Phenomena of power and domination (Macht and Herrschaft) are currently being researched transculturally in 24 individual projects. Therefore, we understand the cultural areas studied as hybrid entities subject to multifaceted influences, that themselves provide impulses for change. The aim of our work is to reveal the interdependence of "lived", factually established order on the one hand and its perception, representation and commentary on the other. What is the significance of elites in the formation and establishment of forms and spaces of order and rule? And how did discourse and communication about power and domination function?

Mechthild Albert

Macht and Herrschaft of women in the ruler´s surroundings between private and public (Iberian Peninsula 1250–1350)

© Lisa Opp│Abteilung für Mittelalterliche Geschichte

Matthias Becher/Linda Dohmen

Pillars of Royal Rule. Queens and Princes in the Eastfrankish-German realm (9th to the beginning of the 12th century)

Jan Bemmann

Urbanity on the Mongolian Plateau in the Premodern Period

Elke Brüggen

Dynamics of Power. The Political Agency of Courtly Elites as reflected in German Literature of the 12th and 13th Centuries

Stephan Conermann

Macht and Herrschaft of Courtly Elites under the Abūʾl-Khayrids (1500–1599)

Dittmar Dahlmann

Metamorphoses of Power (Macht). Religious and secular elites in the Moscow multi-ethnic state of the 17th century

Irina Dumitrescu

Power, Networks, and Transgression in England and France, 600-1500

Matthias Haake

The Autocrat as Author. A Comparative Study of Ancient Monarchy from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity

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Hendrik Hess

Maskulinität(en) im Spätmittelalter – Konstruktionen der Männlichkeit des römisch-deutschen Herrschers im 14. Jahrhundert

Ralph Kauz

Delegated power: rise and fall of the "tusi" in Southwest China during the late imperial period

Karina Kellermann

An intellectual elite at the end of the Middle Ages: 'Publicist activity' and its impact on 'public opinion‘

Konrad Klaus

Courtly Elites in Medieval Kashmir according to the Rājataraṅgiṇīs written by Kalhaṇa, Jonarāja and Śrīvara

© Florian Saalfeld

Anna Kollatz

Power and the Elite in the Mamluk Sultanate: The Agency of awlād an-nās

Ludwig Morenz

Re-Fragmentation of the Pharaonic State. The new power of the local elite(s) at the end of the third millennium

Birgit Ulrike Münch

“Court dwarves” and court artists as actors at medieval and early modern courts.

Alheydis Plassmann

Lordships acquired by marriage. The heiress and the power of political elites in 12th-century Western Europe

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Michael Rohrschneider

Power and Rule(s) in the Electorate of Cologne in the Early Modern Period: Practices – Actors – Spaces

Daniel Schley

Ruling Myths and Historical Practices at the Japanese Court (9th-11th Century)

Christian Schwermann

Meritocracy and Dynasticism in Ancient and Medieval China

Andrea Stieldorf

Images of Imperial Princes. Representation and legitimation of imperial rule on seals and coins of the 11th to 13th century

Einigungsvertrag regionaler Eliten
© Historiographisches Institut, Universität Tokyo

Detlev Taranczweski

Endogenous and exogenous aspects in the developmental dynamics of relational networks of local and regional elites in Japan's early medieval period

Tilmann Trausch

Fostering Loyalties in the Early Delhi Sultanate: Power and Empowerment in the Textual Worlds of Northern India, c. 1196-1259

Konrad Vössing

The 'friends' of the ruler. A comparison between the Ptolemies and the Roman emperors

Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck

The house and its honour – Macht and Herrschaft in images and heraldic representations of the elites (1300-1700)

Birgit Zacke

‚Empörer‘ und der Griff nach der Macht. Zur literarischen Verhandlung von Usurpation in spätmittelalterlichem Erzählen

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