About the project

Philanthropy, endowments, giving and collecting play a central role in social cohesion, in orientation to the common good and the preservation of cultural heritage. The common good and cultural heritage must not be equated with social integration, but should also be viewed in terms of tension and conflict, and not only in the Western European context of our time. However, corresponding theoretical models are almost exclusively oriented to this context.

Further Information

Philanthropy, Giving & Collecting - A Timeless Cultural and Social Practice?

Public lecture series

As part of the research project, an interdisciplinary lecture series was offered at University of Heidelberg in the summer semester of 2021. The series of lectures was open to the public and has been held in cooperation with the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar. Together with experts from the participating disciplines at University of Heidelberg and selected guests from national and international research and practice, the topic of philanthropy, donations, and collections in the longue durée was examined from different perspectives and questions from the project context were discussed.

Why do people in different cultures and eras donate, give and collect? For what kind of purposes and with what kind of goals? Under which social, cultural, economic and power conditions and in which forms can this happen? Is this good or bad for a society? These and other questions will be explored in an exchange between academia and practice. The guests selected for the series of events from national and international research and practice will provide insights into European and non-European cultures. The lecture series will take place online or in hybrid form on the following dates.

The lecture series is part of the TRN "Stiften, Spenden, Sammeln in der Longue Durée". The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments.

Due to the current pandemic situation, the upcoming events of the lecture series have taken place online again.




You can find many of the past lectures online here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuRaSnb3n4kQ_61SuPHV4eTKTgo-GQhFN

Information on past lectures are available here.

From medievalist memoria research to universal historical comparison of foundations. Further informations.

Perspectives on Giving and Endowments from Buddhist Studies. Further informations.

Foundations in Byzantium in a socio-historical perspective. Further information.

The Pyramid Complex of Sahura: New perspective on Old Kingdom Economy. Further information. Cancelled. Alternate date follows.

Cult Foundations: Beneficence or shackle? Further information.

Foundations and cooperatives in the Ottoman World. Further information.


A Strange Kindness: Largesse and Learning in the Age of Colonial Capital. Online. Weitere Informationen.


Koordinatorin Thematic Research Network

Dr. Gudrun-Christine Schimpf
E-Mail: gudrun.schimpf@csi.uni-heidelberg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 6221 54 - 119 85


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