Material Text Cultures

Relic Labels. Materiality and Presence in a Neglected Type of Early Medieval Writing Practice


current staff members

Teilprojektleiter Prof. Dr. Tino Licht
akademische Mitarbeiterin Dr. Kirsten Wallenwein
assoziiertes Mitglied Johannes Büge
assoziiertes Mitglied Barbara Frenk




The project sees itself as a fundamental research project about early medieval written and cultural history – a topic that has not been investigated up until now – and thus fulfils one of the central aims of the CRC research program. From the analysis of individual surviving examples and artefact arrangements that have evolved over time, the project seeks, through diatopic and diachronic comparison, to characterize the development of the material, format, protocol, certification, provenance and exchange of relic labels. A further goal is to develop a cultural history of the materiality and the praxeology of relic labels in the early Middle Ages. In addition, we expect to offer basic insights into the history of writing and linguistics.


Subprojects of the 3rd Funding Period

A01 A02 A03 A05 A06 A08 A09 A10 A11 A12 B01 B04 B09 B10 B13 B14 B15 C05 C07 C08 C09 C10 INF Ö2 Z



Completed Subprojects

A01 A03 A04 B02 B03 B06 B07 B11 B12 C01 C02 C03 C04 C06 IGK Ö1



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