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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".




  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 29 Aug 2016—03 Sep 2016

    Opening the Landscape

    The Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS) is pleased to announce a Summer School in Landscape Archaeology, organized by the doctoral program Landscape Archaeology and Architecture (LAA). The Summer...

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  • 04 Jul 2016

    ‘Religiöser Pluralismus’ in der antiken Großstadt

    "Wie untersucht man 'religiösen Pluralismus' in der antiken Großstadt? Das Beispiel Rom" / "Studying 'religious pluralism' in the ancient metropolis: the example of Rome"

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  • 30 Jun 2016

    Altertumswissenschaften weltweit

    "Altertumswissenschaften weltweit" ist eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung des Exzellenzclusters Topoi und des Berliner Antike-Kollegs, die im Rahmen der "International Week" der Freien Universität Berlin (FUB) stattfindet.

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  • 23 Jun 2016

    Philo of Alexandria. An Intellectual Biography

    Der geplante Workshop wird in zwei Teilen aufgebaut. In einem Einführungsvortrag soll die hier beschriebene multivariate Betrachtung von Philos Denken beleuchtet werden, um anschließend im Rahmen einer angeleiteten...

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  • 21 Jun 2016

    Kartografie in Antike und Renaissance

    Vermessen und Kartieren in Antike und Renaissance sind das Thema einer Kuratorenführung durch die Ausstellung "Weltvermesser – von Erde, Meer und Himmel" in der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

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  • 30 May 2016—03 Jun 2016

    Öffentliches Vortragskolloquium

    Im Rahmen der Zwischenevaluation der Dissertationsprojekte der Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden des 4. Jahrgangs findet vom 30. Mai bis zum 03. Juni 2016 ein Vortragskolloquium statt, an dem die Sprecher der BerGSAS,...

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