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FOUNDMED - Foundations in medieval societies. Cross-cultural comparisons

Supervisor Prof. Dr. Michael Borgolte
Topic FOUNDMED - Foundations in medieval societies. Cross-cultural comparisons
Funding European Research Council
Project period 06/2012 - 05/2017
Project outline In the present foundations are ascribed a central role in overcoming social and political problems, be it in the field of social welfare or the sponsorship of science and the arts. But they were also in the past always an indicator of the condition of a society and lend themselves to deducing its overall structure. In a historical perspective they permit an inter-cultural comparison because there is evidence of the phenomenon of the foundation, while not on a continual basis, in all advanced civilizations. The project intends to carry out a comparative investigation of foundations in the medieval millenium (from approximately CE 500 to 1500) in European Latin and Greek Orthodox Christianity, in Judaism, Islam and in pluri-religious India and of their mutual relations while making use of the ideas of modern global history. It will therefore also involve questions of cultural transfer or cross-cultural interaction. Under the leadership of the principal investigator five experts from the fields of Medieval, Byzantine, Jewish, Islamic or Ottoman and Indian studies are to compile an “Encyclopedia of Foundations in the Medieval Millenium”, in which articles written collaboratively will depict the forms, objectives, legal structures, endowments of the foundations and historical changes taking place within them, taking into consideration their religio-historical background (esp. end time concepts) and their respective historical context.
Other project members Dr. Zachary Chitwood, Dr. Patrick Koch, Dr. Tillmann Lohse, Paul Predatsch, Dr. Ignacio Sánchez, PD Dr. Anette Schmiedchen, Philipp Winterhager
Publications Michael Borgolte, Planen für die Ewigkeit – Stiftungen im Mittelalter, in: Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 63, 2012, 37-49.
Michael Borgolte, Stiftung und Wissenschaft. Historische Argumente für eine Wahlverwandtschaft, in: Viator 42 Multilingual (2011), 309-319.
Michael Borgolte, Stiftungen – eine Geschichte von Zeit und Raum, in: Die Stiftung. Jahreshefte zum Stiftungswesen 3 (2009), 9-30
Michael Borgolte (Hrsg.), Stiftungen in Christentum, Judentum und Islam vor der Moderne. Auf der Suche nach ihren Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschieden in religiösen Grundlagen, praktischen Zwecken und historischen Transformationen. (Stiftungsgeschichten, vol. 4.) Berlin 2005.