Travelling Things: Thinking on the character of ‘Roman imports’ in Central Germany’s ‘Barbaricum’

The aim of this study was to investigate the character of the “Roman import” phenomenon. In the past, “Roman imports” were usually discussed as objects in anthropocentric conceptualized contexts like trade contacts, mercenary services, gift exchanges, predatory economies and ethnic identities. In his dissertation project, by contrast, Schreiber offers a thinking perspective, that ‘Roman import’ should not be seen merely as a scientific construction, or an empirical category. Instead, he takes a symmetrical point of view. From a theoretical neo-materialistic perspective, Schreiber argues that things are not objects but assemblages (cf. DeLanda). They are heterogeneous and fluid entities. Therefore, to analyze things means to analyze not their stable essences but their intra-active enactments (cf. Barad) and entanglements.

This dissertation project was successfully completed within the Research Group B-4 Space – identity – locality. The construction of knowledge related identity spaces of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi.

Eintrag bearbeitet: 14-08-2023