CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

F5: Social Dimensions of Technological Change


Experimental manufacture
Fig. 1. Experimental manufacture of an asymmetrical bifacial sickle known from the Danish Bronze Age. (photo: Berit V. Eriksen)

Technology represents an important medium for socio-environmental interactions  particularly in times of change. Either the introduction of new technologies is seen as a response to change, or technological innovation is itself seen as a trigger or a direct cause of a societal or environmental transformation. The main aim of the project is to investigate culturally-specific and general anthropologic patterns as well as individual decisions regarding how technologies are contested, chosen and rejected and how this relates to phenomena of transformation in socio-environmental interactions. This will be approached by involving international guest researchers to create dialogues with the PIs in the CRC.

Modern reconstruction of the funnel-beaker megalith Wangels
Fig. 2. Modern reconstruction of the funnel-beaker megalith Wangels (Ostholstein) on the area of the CAU (photo: K. Winter). F5 considers megatlihs as being ritual, social and architectual aspects of imperial and innovative technonologies.


Research activities 2020-2024



Prof. Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen

ZBSA, Foundation of the Schleswig-Holstein State Museums at Schloss Gottorf

Phone: +49 4621 813-482
Telefax: +49 4621 813-535

Subprojects B1 and F5

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