New Speaker of CRC 1095

On January 1st 2017, sinologist Iwo Amelung will take office as new speaker of CRC 1095. Amelung, a leading influence on the development of the research programme, will take over from ancient historian Hartmut Leppin.

In his research, Amelung works on the administrative history of 19th century China as well as the history of science and the history of knowledge during late Imperial China and the Republic of China. In the context of the CRC he focuses on perceived weakness(es) in Turn-of-the-Century China. 

One goal of his tenure as speaker will be to further strenghten the global historical profile of the CRC. Hartmut Leppin will remain a member of the board and will develop a new project on late antique christianity outside the CRC. 

Researchers at the CRC

Roman Greece, a place of cultural and political decline? My research challenges this view in that it postulates a more dynamic picture of Greek history under Roman rule. I investigate how Greek elites and Roman officials used the Greek past as political resource to negotiate status, political alliances and economic concerns against Roman domination.


Dr. Muriel Moser: The past as a political resource: Remembering as a strategy in Greece under Roman rule

SFB 1095 "Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes"

The transformation in the treatment of resources gives rise to the question as to the power of agency of the actors and is thus not only a core issue within historical research but is of major relevance for today’s societies. The Collaborative Research Centre 1095 Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes approaches this question by working on the assumption that discourses of weakness may have indicative and mobilising functions with respect to the problems in the handling and treatment of resources, whether they be material or non-material thus significantly influencing the behaviour of the players involved. Communication on the topic of weakness can impart that resources are lacking or will be required in the future in order to guarantee the reaching of goals. 

However, individual resources may not be considered in isolation: hence the use of the term resource regimes puts an emphasis on those sections of historical formations which take the shape of power, so that the Frankfurt research group also always takes into account the norms and practices which organise the, on the whole contentious, access to resources. Into the research scope of the various sub-projects fall historical and current constellations in which the use of resources becomes a collective action problem. This is of great significance for a deeper understanding of processes of transformation.



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