DFG-SPP 2176: The Iranian highlands: Resiliencies and integration in pre-modern societies

+++ Funding for Iranian researchers available +++

The Iranian-German project 'The Iranian Highlands: Resilience and Integration of Premodern Societies' is a consortium of projects geared towards the elucidation of long-term developments in the Iranian Highlands.

We invite Iranian researchers (PhD; connection with an Iranian university or research Institute) to submit proposals for projects of one year in duration that can contribute to the goals of the program.

The deadline for submission is the 25th of February, 2020. Applications should consist of a brief project description (max. 2500 words) including project goals, methods to be applied, schedule and a budget (not exceeding 4.000 Euro). Proposals must be submitted in English.

Please send the application in electronic form to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The scientific board of the "Iranian Highlands" project, consisting of three Iranian and three German scholars, will review the applications and announce results by March 14, 2020.

Further information

For details of the program, please check https://iranhighlands.com/index.php/en/ or https://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/402379177?language=en

For questions, the committee of the grants program is at your disposal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Applicant: Professor Dr. Thomas Stöllner
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (DBM)
Forschungsstelle Archäologie und Materialwissenschaft
Forschungsbereich Montanarchäologie
Subject Area: Prehistory
Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Term: since 2019
Project identifier: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) - Projekt number 424829690

Project Description

The Iranian highlands played a significant role in cultural developments in the Near East throughout the history of the region. Its societies interacted closely with neighboring cultures to which they repeatedly developed political and economic ties. From the perspective of Mesopotamia, the Caucasus and Middle Asia, intensified relationships with the Iranian highlands developed again and again, whether through economic activities, migration or political inclusion. From their side, Iranian highland societies were able to integrate these relationships into their own networks as well as to modify or resist them. The highlands and its actors were thereby periodically able to play a formative role in relation to their surroundings and to effect political, economic and social changes. For many periods, the landscapes, their resources and the specific living conditions contributed to these developments, yet the underlying cultural, social and economic processes have barely been investigated; instead, they have often remained in the shadows cast by an external perspective, in particular a Mesopotamian one. Investigations within SPP-projects shall be based on three fields of research: raw material regimes, institutional relationships and mobility of the inhabitants. Various forms of crisis management and resilience, but also the integrative potential are core elements of these highland societies. These will be investigated and diachronically compared by help of the coordination project of the SPP: The various scientific results shall be condensed by six work packages that range from a data-base and Web-GIS-project, to a joint analytical strategy, a series of works-shops and conferences as well as to an integration of Iranian scholars and foreign fellows to our program. It is an explicit goal of the coordination project to develop and support mutuality with Iranian colleagues and institution in order to develop joint scientific goals and results within the project.