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Deutsche Inschriften des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit

Digital Edition: http://www.inschriften.net

The object of this project’s research is the Latin and German inscriptions from the early Middle Ages until 1650 within the German linguistic sphere. As historical textual evidence, inscriptions are most prominently of interest as they are often very much authentically preserved in their original historical context. For the period in question, these texts on stone, wood, gold, silver, bronze, and glass, and also on textiles and leather serve as a considerable supplement to the manuscript and printed transmission on paper or parchment. The majority of the inscriptions distinguish themselves from these latter sources though a broader and longer-lasting public impact inherent in their conception and execution, this pertaining, for example, to inscriptions on funerary monuments, bells, houses and church furnishings such as altars, reliquaries, chalices, offertory boxes, pulpits, or fonts.

Central to the academic edition, which not only includes those inscriptions intact today, but also those presently lost but preserved in earlier copies or photographs, is the precise reproduction of these often difficult to decipher texts. Connected with this is the documentation of these often art historically significant inscription-carriers, and a description of their original locations. Ideally a complex understanding of text and object in time and space should develop from this. Not only all foreign language texts, but also those from earlier linguistic stages in German’s development will be translated; diverse problems posed by the inscriptions and their carriers are discussed in the commentary. In addition to the presentation of texts, a vital task of the project is to make accessible material in the interest of inscription palaeography, with the assistance of which dating or workshop contexts might be reconstructed by means of respective letter forms.

Since 2012, this project operates according to a newly orientated conceptualisation. For Germany, this is aimed at developing a corpus of sources aligned towards certain thematic-contextual emphases (such as imperial cities, residences, and monastic landscapes), thus rendering accessible the cultural heritage preserved within inscriptions in a representative assortment.

The volumes of the series “Die deutschen Inschriften” (“The German Inscriptions”) offers not only an important source for academics from all historical disciplines, but also an engaging read for laymen interested in history. Since 2009, more than 40 volumes and special publications are also digitally accessible on Deutsche Inschriften Online in a constantly actualised edition expanded by means of many images and addenda and corrigenda.

The editing of the inscriptions serves as a joint venture between the German Academies of Science and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. As of yet, more than 100 volumes have resulted from the work of the sum of these research positions.

Persons

Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Bonn
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Stieldorf (Office Site Leader)
  • Andreas Efing (Research Associate)
  • Jitka Ehlers M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Helga Giersiepen (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Sonja Hermann (Research Associate)
  • Olga König (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Ulrike Spengler-Reffgen (Research Associate)
  • Kristine Weber M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Wegera (Project Comission Chair)
Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Dresden
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huschner (Project Leader)
  • Dr. Cornelia Neustadt (Research Associate)
  • Henning Ohst M. Ed. (Research Associate)
  • Martin Riebel M. Ed (Research Associate)
  • Lukas Rosenhagen (Research Assistant)
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Schmid (Project Comission Chair)
  • Dr. Sabine Zinsmeyer (Research Associate)
Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Göttingen
  • Dr. Christine Wulf (Office Site Leader)
  • Katharina Hartmann (Student Assistant)
  • Dr. Katharina Kagerer (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Jörg H. Lampe (Research Associate)
  • Kläre Seemann B.A. (Student Assistant)
  • Dr. Sabine Wehking
  • Anna Weissmüller B.A. (Student Assistant)
Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Greifswald
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Eric Wagner (Project Comission Chair)
  • Dr. Christine Magin (Office Site Leader)
  • Oskar Böhm B.A. (Student Assistant)
  • Mona Dorn M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Jürgen Herold M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Jonas Simon (Student Assistant)
Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Halle (Saale)
  • Dr. Franz Jäger (Office Site Leader)
  • Dr. Andreas Dietmann (Research Associate)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huschner (Project Leader)
  • Andreas Klimm B.A. (Research Assistant)
  • Moritz Meierding (Student Assistant)
  • Jens Pickenhan M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Thomas Rastig M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Schmid (Project Comission Chair)
Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Heidelberg
  • Dr. Harald Drös (Office Site Leader)
  • Dr. Jan Ilas Bartusch (Research Associate)
  • Sara Brück M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Britta Hedtke (Research Associate)
  • Prof. Dr. Steffen Patzold (Project Comission Chair)
  • Elke Schneider (Technical Associate)
Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Mainz
  • Dr. Rüdiger Fuchs (Office Site Leader)
  • Astrid Garth (Technical Associate)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Herbers (Project Leader)
  • Georgia Herrchen M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Susanne Kern (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Eberhard J. Nikitsch (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Michael Oberweis (Research Associate)
  • Achim Rohweder (Student Assistant)
  • Prof. Dr. Petra Schulte (Project Comission Chair)
  • Thomas G. Tempel (Technical Associate)
Deutsche Inschriften, Office Site Munich
  • Dr. Christine Steininger (Office Site Leader)
  • Dr. Ramona Baltolu (Research Associate)
  • Mirjam Goeth M.A. (Research Associate)
  • Dr. Tanja Kohwagner-Nikolai (Research Associate)
  • Prof. Dr. Walter Koch (Project Comission Chair)

Contact

Arbeitsstelle Bonn
📧 inschriften[at]uni-bonn.de
Arbeitsstelle Dresden
📧 neustadt[at]saw-leipzig.de
Arbeitsstelle Göttingen
📧 inschriften[at]gwdg.de
Arbeitsstelle Greifswald
📧 cmagin[at]uni-greifswald.de
Arbeitsstelle Halle (Saale)
📧 jaeger[at]saw-leipzig.de
Arbeitsstelle Heidelberg
📧 Deutsche-Inschriften[at]adw.uni-heidelberg.de
Arbeitsstelle Mainz
📧 ruediger.fuchs[at]adwmainz.de
Arbeitsstelle Wien
📧 renate.kohn[at]oeaw.ac.at
Arbeitsstelle München
📧 ramona.baltolu[at]di.badw.de
Acronym
DI
Running time
1934-2030
Project type
Edition

Responsible for the academies' programme

Sebastian Zwies M.A.

Geschäftsstelle Mainz
Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 2
55131 Mainz

Tel: 06131/218 528-17
E-Mail: sebastian.zwies@akademienunion.de