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DFG establishes 4 new research units
Date:10/14/2010

This press release is available in German.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is establishing four new Research Units to facilitate cross-regional, interdisciplinary cooperation among researchers. This decision was taken by the DFG Senate at its autumn meeting in Bonn. The new groups are intended to enable researchers to devote themselves to current and urgent issues within their fields and to develop new approaches.

Among other goals, the newly-established Research Units aim to develop new methods for surgical interventions on the skull, as well as to extract natural products for cancer research from myxobacteria. All four groups take an interdisciplinary approach, with one Research Unit involving international cooperation with Switzerland.

During the first funding period, the new Research Units will receive a total of 9.43 million euros over three years. Their establishment brings the total of DFG-funded Research Units to 218.

In detail, the new Research Units are as follows (listed alphabetically by coordinating university):

Impressions and treatment of the sacred in Pre-Modern Asia and Europe form the focus of the Research Unit entitled "Sakralitt und Sakralisierung in Mittelalter und Frher Neuzeit: Interkulturelle Perspektiven in Europa und Asien" ["Sacrality and Sanctification in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period: Intercultural Perspectives in Europe and Asia"]. This Research Unit combines approaches from literary history, art history and historiography to define sacrality and how its interpretation has changed over the epochs. The group aims to analyse social forms of expression, the institutionalisation of sacrality and the interplay of individual and collective approaches in order to form detailed impressions of the different concepts of sacrality.

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Contact: Kristine August
kristine.august@dfg.de
49-228-885-2708
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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