The German Federal Ministery of Education (Bmbf) funds a project lead by Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman and Dr. Jenny Oesterle: "The Middle Ages as seen from Arab Eyes. Medieval Collections in Museums in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates".


"Historians and Historical Research at Iraqi Universities. A Survey".
The German Federal Ministry of Education (Bmbf) funds a project by Bashar Ibrahim and Jenny Oesterle (both members of the Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
[more info]


Dr. Carsten Wergin contributed a session on 'Listening Carefully' to the Radical Hope Syllabus. The group-sourced syllabus is intended as a resource for anyone interested in environmental issues - and how we, collectively and/or individually, might respond to them [more info]


Dr. Corinna Erckenbrecht (assoziiertes Mitglied der Nachwuchsforschergruppe Das transkulturelle Erbe Nordwest-Australiens) ist seit Mai 2018 neue Leiterin der Abteilung Weltkulturen und ihre Umwelt an den rem | Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim.

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Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle und Dr. Carsten Wergin zu ihren Forschungen im Open Access Video Journal Latest Thinking:


How Can Australian Indigenous Experience Change Western Perspectives of the World?




How Does Tourism Change People and Places?



Der Ruf des Schneckenhorns
Hermann Klaatsch (1863 – 1916). Ein Heidelberger Wissenschaftler in Nordwestaustralien


[mehr info]


Russischsprachige Bevölkerung in Osteuropa – von der Titularnation zur Minderheit
Demokratische Transformation und gesellschaftliche Integration im Baltikum und in der Ukraine



[mehr info]



Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia
Epistemologies, Practices and Locales

Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia

Edited by Ravi Baghel, Lea Stepan, Joseph K.W. Hill

[more info]


Lustre: Pearling and Australia


Edited by Tanya Edwards, Sarah Yu

[more info]



Anthropology in/of Australia Past and Present

im Rahmen der Lecture Series
Introduction to Australian Studies:
(Trans-)Disciplinary Perspectives

Dr. Carsten Wergin

20 Juni 2017, University of Cologne

[more info]



The Trouble with Representation: Australian Indigenous World(view)s and the "White Magic" of Modernity

Dr. Carsten Wergin

06 April 2017, University of Western Australia

[more Info]


Curtin Indigenous Research Network Lecture Series:

Heritage, Transculturality and Collections: New Research from Germany and the Kimberley,

30 March 2017, Curtin University, Perth

[more info]


Internationaler Workshop:

"Refugee transfers in the Euro- Arab Mediterranean zone:
Tying the past with the present
Towards a transregional and transhistorical understanding in times of crises"

(10-12 April 2017 Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon)

organisiert von:

Dr. Jenny Oesterle (Research Group "Protection in Periods of Political and Religious Expansion) in cooperation with Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American
University, Byblos) und der Arab German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities


Collaborations of Biocultural Hope: Community Science Against Industrialisation in Northwest Australia


Dr. Carsten Wergin

[mehr Infos]


Expansion und Aktivitäten des Mercedarier-Ordens im Andenraum des 16. Jahrhunderts

Dr. Maret Keller

Anden Diss - Keller

​(Dissertationsschrift Universität Heidelberg 2013), URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-heidok-187295


Dancehall und Homophobie
Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf die Geschichte und Kultur Jamaikas
Patrick HelberDancehall

​05/2015, 304 Seiten, kart.
ISBN 978-3-8376-3109-8

[weitere infos]


Materialities of Tourism
Special Issue of Tourist Studies (2014, 14/3)Guest-editors Stephen Muecke and Carsten Wergin




Caribbean Food Cultures
Culinary Practices and Consumption in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas
Food Cultures Transcript

05/2014, 306 pages,
ISBN 978-3-8376-2692-6
[for more information]


Adolphs, Andreas

LitLink User


Arnold, Matthias M.A.

Metaimage, HRA



Asshauer, Karsten



Bock, Georg Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.

Director IWR


Busch, Nicolaus

LitLink, Filemaker


Busse, Jörg



Bild Georg Edit Sw
Christ, Georg Dr. des.

Coordinatior, LoKiH, LitLink cooperation HD


Franz, Kurt Dr.

ArcGIS and humanities


Geissler, Stefan

Geotwain, Orbis Latinus


Gertz, Michael Prof. Dr.

Databases and Knowledge Management


Gietz, Peter M.A.




Haber, Peter Dr.

LitLink, IT/Web and humanities


Karsten, Arne Jun.-Prof. Dr.

Requiem database


May, Jennifer M.A.

HRA, quotation finder, hyperevaluation etc. possible connections to LitLink


Mündelein, Anna

HRA, QuotationFinder


Mozzato, Andrea Dr.

Filemaker, Archives


Piersol, Geoff

E-Porte: E-Med: Early Modern Mediterranean Portal


Kilian Schultes
Schultes, Kilian



Strötgen, Jannik


Information Retrival and Text Mining (Raum, Zeit)


Winckler, Michael Dr.

IWR, Research management, scientific computing in the humanities


Zipf, Alexander Prof. Dr.




Manifesto: Redundancy and Longevity
Practical conclusions schedule for further development

For a collaborative database-system/work environment for a research group in the humanities
Very brief proceedings of the international colloquium “Litlink: A Cue Card System in a Research Environment of Collaborative Work, Online Publishing and GIS, Heidelberg 25/26 February 2010”

Gruppenbild Web



A. Introduction

The group “Linking of Knowledge in the Humanities” (LoKiH) and the Research Group “Trading Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean (1350-1450)” of Transcultural Studies Programme (TS), University of Heidelberg, hosted an international colloquium “Litlink: A Cue Card System in a Research Environment of Collaborative Work, Online Publishing and GIS” in Heidelberg on 25-26 February 2010.

On the first day, the participants discussed the Filemaker-based cue card system and bibliographical tool Litlink (LL), the software used for the “Medieval Mediterranean Diaspora Database” (MMDD) and perspectives for its further development. They also discussed complementary models of knowledge management, namely the “Heidelberg Research Architecture” (HRA). On the second day, they discussed solutions for collaborative work, online publishing, and GIS in the humanities.


It became clear that redundancy and connectivity were the key concepts all participants aim at by striving for the development of simple and pragmatic tools in fulfilment of the requirement formulated in the title: a collaborative database-system/work environment for a research group in the humanities.


B. Manifesto: Redundancy and Longevity

 The Manifesto reflects aims of the above-mentioned junior research group for the development of MMDD only and does not imply any obligation on the side of other institutions mentioned below.


    • Redundancy and longevity has to be kept in mind as the key requirement for all knowledge management systems. This has several implications:
    • Spatial redundancy: data should be kept at least in two storage places (two servers etc.) located afar from each other, possibly in different countries
    • Organisational redundancy: if one system is not working (say the core MMDD database powered by Litlink 4.0 web), other services (say GIS tools, Wikis etc., scans) should still be useable
      • Images/Scans should henceforth be stored on HeidDICON (University Library of Heidelberg
      • References in addition to LL on RefBase (HRA)
      • Litlink 4.0 web should possibly base on three fully redundant servers in Zurich, Heidelberg and, possibly, Toronto
      • Transfer and synchronisation of databases should be based on dedicated web-services
    • Interaction with middle layer: web-services would also allow for the processing of data by tools developed by computer linguists (quotationfinder, time trails, hyper-evaluation, etc.) or GIS specialists (geotwain).
    • Longevity: Long-term planning is essential; routines are needed to archive databases in different (redundant) forms: e.g. XML(cf. TEI)[1], PDF, Paper (cue/index cards). Therefore, necessary cooperation with third parties should be planed (again: for the long run), for instance with university libraries.
    • Man & Machine: We should never bypass the brain and ensure that as much of the essential data as possible must be “processed” as well in the mind of the user, because no knowledge management system, how sophisticated it might be, can replicate or replace the human brain’s synapses.
    • A database should strive for clarity: the group using it needs a common language, ontology (or at least: a map of the different ontologies of collaborators), and this must be reflected in the database. Individual tags are not replacing carefully defined (and interrelated) concepts structuring the masses of gathered material.
    • Online collaboration and publication: No new system needed, collaboration and publication within the knowledge community could be organized via e.g. E - porte Mediterranean (University of Toronto, group of Natalie Rothman), HeiDok of the University Library Heidelberg and HRA

C. Report (Download)


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Letzte Änderung: 30.05.2011