ROOTS associate member

Dr. Mirco Brunner

ROOTS associate member

Olshausenstr. 75
Phone: +49431 880 5009

Mirco Brunner ( studied prehistoric and Roman archaeology at the University of Bern. As part of a binational cotutelle de thèse project between the Universities of Bern and Kiel,he wrote his PhD thesis on mobility, networks and transformation processes of prehistoric societies in the central Alpine region. His main fields of interest are Bayesian analysis of radiocarbon dates, network analysis and multivariate statistics. Mirco Brunner is currently working as an SNSF Early Postdoc-Mobility Fellow at the Institute for Ecosystem Research, Geoarchaeology and Polar Research at Kiel University. He is an associated researcher in the Excellence Cluster ROOTS at Kiel University.

photo: © Artur Ribeiro

Sara Dannemann

ROOTS associate member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 75, R. I / 124
Phone: +49 431 880-5233
Telefax: +49 431 880-4083

Geographically, my PhD project focuses on Samos in the Aegean Sea (Greece) with its archaeological significant Sanctuary for Hera (or Heraion) situated on a coastal plain. Although recognised as an important place of worship and cultural centre in the Aegean region from circa 3200 BCE to 400 CE, little is known about environmental conditions, potential for land use and human-environment-interactions within this timeframe. Therefore, my methods include the analysis of sediment cores, soil samples and geophysical data to complement existing archaeological results for the coastal plain.

Keywords: Aegean Sea, Bronze Age, coastal plain, geoarchaeology, Heraion, Samos

Timo Ibsen

ROOTS associate member

Phone: +49 4621 813-501
Telefax: +49 4621 813-535

Geographically, I focus on the area of former German Eastern Prussia, today divided between Lithuania, Russia and Poland. One focus of my work is the reconstruction of the pre-war state of knowledge of the region based on archival sources. After working on burial grounds of the 1st millennium and interdisciplinary settlement studies on the Viking settlement site of Wiskiauten/Mohovoe for many years, my current focus lies on the investigation of Baltic hillforts, which I date by drillings and 14C-datings.

Keywords: Archival archaeology, settlement archaeology, hillfort research, Kaliningrad Region/Russia, Baltic countries

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Krystal Marlier

Institute of Classics

ROOTS associate member (PhD candidate)

I am a doctoral researcher on Chiara Thumiger’s DFG funded project ‘Mental Health in Late Antique Medicine: Caelius Aurelianus on Mental Disorders’. We focus on the development of medical ideas regarding mental health in Caelius’ monumental nosological work: On Acute Diseases and On Chronic Diseases. We aim to examine his stance on the nature of mental and bodily health by highlighting his rich accounts of the nosology, causation, and therapeutics of diseases. Additionally, I am preparing my dissertation that will investigate how psychopathology and emotions are framed by Caelius.

Keywords: Caelius Aurelianus, ancient medicine, late antiquity, North Africa, mental health, history of psychology and psychiatry

Dr. Simoana Martorana

Institute of Classics

ROOTS associate member

Leibnizstraße 8, R. 514
Phone: +49 431 880-2661

I am a scholar in classical languages and literature, combining a rigorous philological reading of the texts with modern theoretical approaches, particularly from gender, posthumanism, medical humanities, and ecocriticism studies. With this interdisciplinary approach, I conduct research on Latin literature, particularly imperial poetry and Medieval Latin philology, with a particular interest in texts focusing on the relationship between humans and animals, such as fables. My current research explores the relationship between human and natural ‘disease’ in the works of three Latin poets, Lucretius, Vergil, and Seneca.

Photo: Roberto Martorana

Florian Weber

Institute of Romance Studies

ROOTS associate member

Leibnizstr. 10, R. 123
Phone: +49 431 880-2476

Taking up approaches of space and urban theory, my PhD project analyses the perception of cities in Romance literature of the early modern period. Currently, I study the case of Santiago de Compostela on the basis of a vast corpus of French, Spanish, Italian and Latin text sources, such as pilgrimage guides and reports, diaries, and other literary and non-literary writings. The geographical focus of my research is on Romance Europe (esp. Spain and France).

Keywords: Literature, city, urbanity, early modernity, Spain, France, Santiago de Compostela, St James cult,pilgrimage, perception, agency, imaginary


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