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Seal from the Robert Feind's Collections (Cologne) reproduced using the Dome-RTI method with the filter 'Normals Visualization'.

Acronym: DiBS – Digital Byzantine Studies

Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Claudia Sode, Dr. Claes Neuefeind (Cologne Center for eHumanities).

Based on an already existing research focus on Byzantine Sigillography, the strategic concept “Creating a Sustainable Digital Infrastructure for Research-Based Teaching in Byzantine Studies” aims at the innovative advancement of a cluster of four Byzantine sub-disciplines – Sigillography, Numismatics, Epigraphy, and Greek Manuscript Studies. This strategy relies on a number of discipline-wide measures, consisting of research, creation of a digital teaching infrastructure, strengthening of human and material resources, introduction of new, pioneering teaching formats, internationalization, and transfer of knowledge to non-academic institutions.

The work is based on three modules: (1) Research: Object-related scientific exploitation and analysis of collections, development and processing of broader historical questions and interpretation of historical knowledge. (2) Teaching: Development of new teaching modules for existing BA and MA study programs and subsequent enhancement of the existing course offering. New, innovative teaching formats expose students to collection-based research at the highest scholarly level and offer a digital understanding of the relevant objects. They provide students with the ability to find their way around the rapidly evolving field of Digital Humanities and train qualified researchers who are capable of preserving and analyzing, as well as of transferring knowledge and enhancing the visibility of cultural assets. An integrated system of online courses, live-streamed lectures, asynchronous learning, webinars, and podcasts creates a dynamically reusable curriculum in conjunction with a sustainable digital teaching infrastructure. (3) Outreach: Knowledge transfer in museums and collections. This strategy is a prerequisite for future-oriented access to knowledge from past centuries and strengthens Byzantine Studies not only at the University of Cologne, but in the German and international research landscape.

Project duration: 01.10.2022 - 30.09.2028

Project staff: Martina Filosa (wiss. Mitarbeiterin), Dr. Christos Malatras (wiss. Mitarbeiter), Sviatoslav Drach (wiss. Mitarbeiter), Pia Tabea Charlene Evening (wiss. Hilfskraft), Olga Theocharopoulou (stud. Hilfskraft)


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