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Ancient Objects and Visual Studies (AOViS)

Within the program "Ancient Objects and Visual Studies" groups of ancient objects (images, texts, manuscripts, etc.) and artefacts are examined, and the cultural background and the social structures in which these objects originally belonged are discussed. In addition, doctoral students acquire the expertise and the skills required for the analysis and cultural-historical classification of images as a medium of communication in antiquity. The discipline-specific study of objects is complemented through the acquisition of methodical, theoretical and practical knowledge on conservational, archival, or museological and IT-specific aspects of working with different groups of ancient objects and artefacts. Finally, the legal framework and political context of relevance to the holding of objects in museums are taken into consideration. A partner of the universities, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK) contributes to the doctoral students’ training with its human resources and through the use of its premises.

The program "Ancient Objects and Visual Studies" has startet in the winter term 2016/17. Its predecessor was the program "Material Cultures and Object Studies" (MaCOS).

Members of the managing committee

Prof. Dr. Lorenz Winkler-Horaček (FUB) (chairman)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Scholl (SPK/FUB)
Prof. Dr. Susanne Muth (HU)
Dr. Regina Attula (coordinator and academic associate)
Annegret Klünker M.A. (FUB) (student representative)
Rolf Sporleder M.A. (HU) (dep. student representative)

Departments and institutes connected with the doctoral program

Freie Universität Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Technische Universität Berlin

Information on requirements for admission as a doctoral student in your chosen field can be obtained from the relevant doctoral office (Promotionsbüro) of the relevant faculty (at the Humboldt-Universität) or department (at the Freie Universität). Please bear in mind: the doctorate regulations of the relevant faculty/department determine whether persons chosen to act as supervisor are eligible to serve as reviewers of the dissertation.

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