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Alongside the content of texts, the practices of textual communication have recently come under increased focus in research. Particularly interesting are forms of communication that cross the boundaries not only of texts, but also of religious cultures. The new CAS Research Focus "Textual Practices in the Pre-Modern World" led by Teresa Bernheimer and Ronny Vollandt examines the connections between the great intellectual cultures in late antiquity: ancient philosophy, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The scientific concept of "Global Health" encompasses both the arena of study and research as well as medical practice. It aims for the improvement of health and the realization of equality within the worldwide health system. The new CAS Research Focus "Global Health" led by Katja Radon and Peter Falkai aims to gather all the research activities on this subject at the LMU. more

"Magma to Tephra: Ash in the Earth System" is the topic of the CAS Research Group led by Prof. Donald B. Dingwell (Volcanology, LMU), that is working together since the beginning of the semester. Now three more Fellows have joined the group: Prof. Joan Martí Molist, Ph.D. (Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera), Prof. Kelly Russell, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia), Prof. Dr. Fabian Wadsworth (Durham University). more

In the winter semester, 35 scholars will be guests at CAS: the media studies scholar José van Dijck (Utrecht) will work with the sociologist Julian Müller (currently Junior Researcher in Residence) on the topic of "Biographical Narratives in Modern Media" at CAS. The biologist Kwangwon Lee (Rutgers) has been invited by the CAS Research Focus "Microbiomes" to conduct research with Martha Merrow (LMU) on the microbiological foundations of the circadian clock. The ancient historian Katherine Blouin (Toronto) will follow the invitation of the CAS Research Focus "Settlements" to work on the phenomenon of "Abandoned Cities". more