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Berliner Antike-Kolleg: About Us

Berliner Antike-Kolleg

The Berliner Antike-Kolleg (BAK) was founded in 2011 by six large Berlin-based institutions with diverse traditions and distinct social mandates to construct a long-lasting, inter-institutional research and educational infrastructure of a new kind.

The six founding institutions, which have alreadey worked successfully together in the Excellence Cluster Topoi, are:

The close cooperation between the equal members of BAK builds the basis of its structure and goals. It provides the conditions for a common strategical development for the strengthening of the study of antiquity in Berlin/Brandenburg. Moreover, it also ensures the academic and organisational independence of the participating partners.

The Excellence Cluster Topoi has impressively proven that the study of antiquity and the specific research approaches benefit from a supra-institutional framework. BAK builds upon the gained insights and cooperations and develops these further beyond a temporary collaboration into a long-lasting and inter-institutional research platform. Accordingly, the foundation of BAK on 10. May 2011 was a consequent step with regard to the effort to bring already successfully managed research collaborations in the field of ancient studies together by exploiting the resources that are available in Berlin.    

The collective initiative undertaken by two universities and four non-university research facilities presents one of the great innovations in the field of the study of antiquity. This joint venture introduced a new level of cooperation that is financed by the participating partners.

Since 2015 and for the following three years, BAK has been receiving a funding of ca. 900.000 euros from the Einstein Stiftung Berlin with the purpose of further promotioning BAK’s research activities and consolidating its existing structure through the establishment of a thematically focussed Einstein Center.


BAK comprises three closely divisions:

Results and activities connected with the work of BAK will also be presented to a broader public by the cross-sectional area "Knowledge Transfer & Communication".




  • 04 Oct 2018

    3. Antiquity Slam - Von Jünglingsstandbildern, Tierlauten...

    Am 7. November findet der 3. "Antiquity Slam" statt. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer haben 10 Minuten Zeit, um mit Präsentation, Requisiten und einer Performance das Publikum zu überzeugen. Dieses kürt am Ende des...

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  • 19 Mar 2018—21 Mar 2018

    International Conference: Time and Materiality

    Vom 19. – 21. März 2018 findet die internationale Konferenz zum Thema: „Time and Materiality. Periodization and Regional Chronologies at the Transition from Bronze to Iron Age in Eurasia (1200–600 BCE)“ statt.

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  • 29 Nov 2017

    Berliner Antike in der Rotunde - Personen und Objekte

    Das Berliner Antike-Kolleg lädt zum vierten Mal zu seiner alljährlichen Abendveranstaltung "Berliner Antike in ... - Personen und Objekte" ein. Wir freuen uns auf ein ebenso spannendes wie schönes Event am 29....

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  • 12 Oct 2017

    After the Fall. Safeguarding Archaeological Heritage from...

    Das Berliner Antike-Kolleg lädt sehr herzlich zum Vortrag von Anas al Khabour (Universität Göteborg) und Olivier Nieuwenhuyse (Universität Leiden) ein.

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  • 08 Nov 2017

    2. Antiquity Slam "Im Zeichen der Zeit"

    Im November 2017 findet der 2. Berliner "Antiquity Slam" statt. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer haben 10 Minuten Zeit, um mit Präsentation, Requisiten und einer Performance das Publikum zu überzeugen. Dieses kürt...

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  • 22 Jun 2017—24 Jun 2017

    Vergleich und Grenzen der Vergleichbarkeit in den...

    The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) offers on 22.-24. June 2017 a summer school entitled "Vergleich und Grenzen der Vergleichbarkeit in den Altertumswissenschaften". We welcome graduates and...

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  • 16 Nov 2016

    Das EC-C hält Einzug!

    Das Berliner Antike-Kolleg öffnet die Türen der Villa in der Otto-von-Simson-Straße 7 für das erste geisteswissenschaftliche Einstein-Zentrum.

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  • 02 Nov 2016

    Antiquity Slam

    Die Antike lebt! Am 2. November wird in Berlin der erste Antiquity Slam der Geschichte im Griechischen Hof des Neuen Museums auf der Berliner Museumsinsel stattfinden, veranstaltet vom Berliner Antike-Kolleg und dem...

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  • 07 Dec 2016

    Berliner Antike im Griechischen Hof

    Es ist wieder soweit! Das Berliner Antike-Kolleg lädt am Mittwoch, den 07. Dezember zur seiner jährlichen Abendveranstaltung "Berliner Antike im Griechischen Hof – Personen und Objekte" ein.

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  • 27 Oct 2016—28 Oct 2016

    Man, machine, animal and monster

    This conference is about the post-human in Greek literature and focuses on the relation between man, animal, monster and machine. Post-humanism currently is one of the most popular philosophical trends. However, its...

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