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Einstein Center Chronoi

The Einstein Center Chronoi investigates time and related aspects such as awareness of time, time management, time reckoning and temporality in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary formats.

Chronoi will build on the unique cross-institutional cooperation that exists within ancient studies research in Berlin. It will be operated jointly by Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) in cooperation with the Berlin Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), the Deutsche Archäologische Institut (DAI), the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (MPIWG), and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK). The application was submitted by the Berliner Antike-Kolleg. Chronoi is funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. It is the first Einstein Center devoted to the humanities.

The central aim of the work in Chronoi is to develop an historical epistemology of time in ancient societies, which is only possible through interdisciplinary research in order to develop an understanding of the role of time and the awareness of time that does justice to its fundamental importance for experiencing reality, for thinking and perception, for societal life and organization, as well as for the scientific achievements of these societies. This allows for a new understanding of the structures and dynamics of societies.

The involved researchers all deal with consciousness and the perception of time, conceptions of time, and the organization of time in antiquity. In the new Einstein Center, they will not only address the historical perspective. For that reason, researchers from the social, natural, and life sciences are being integrated in the research program. A fellows program for visiting scholars from around the world will be an important component of the Einstein Center Chronoi. It is expected that the expertise of the fellows will enrich the field of ancient studies in Berlin overall, providing a new impetus for creativity.