Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Research Projects

Research Projects

Visitgod: blog on questions of faith

Visitgod: blog on questions of faith

Why is there a name for God? What is 'church'? Passau’s Chair of Dogmatics and Fundamental Theology has initiated a blog in which pupils can discuss questions of faith. New forms of communicationMany questions regarding faith and religion cannot be answered individually by textbooks.

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Tree Ring Isotopes II

Tree Ring Isotopes II

The world’s tropical forests are not only a central component of the terrestrial carbon cycle but also a key part of the natural water cycle. It is, therefore, crucial to find out what effects an increasing carbon concentration and changing climatic conditions have on the growth of tropical trees and their water-use-efficiency (WUE), as any changes in their carbon uptake and water release will inevitably have global effects.

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Bavarian Forest/Bohemian Forest: traces of the Great War Online

Bavarian Forest/Bohemian Forest: traces of the Great War Online

"Farewell, goodbye ...": Field Post, photographs and other documents from the border region of the Bavarian Forest and Bohemian Forest during World War I are available online - as well as historical newspaper reports.

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Baroque Poet Sigmund von Birken – Works and Correspondence

Baroque Poet Sigmund von Birken – Works and Correspondence

Since 1980, a team of researchers from the universities of Hamburg, Osnabrück and Passau have edited the vast literary estate of Sigmund von Birken, one of the most prolific writers of the 17th-century, who engaged in regular correspondence with hundreds of persons.

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technikethikwerkstatt (technology and ethics laboratory)

technikethikwerkstatt (technology and ethics laboratory)

A fascination for technology and an awareness of the ethical limitations - the technikethikwerkstatt aims to convey both to youngsters and students. In seminars and workshops, young people intensively study the sustainable and responsible use technical innovations.

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LIB(e)RO: Libraries in Europe provide starting aid for minor and young refugees

LIB(e)RO: Libraries in Europe provide starting aid for minor and young refugees

Libraries collect and preserve the knowledge of societies: Now, libraries in Austria, Germany and Greece explore their potential to make use of this knowledge and establish themselves as intercultural learning environment for refugees - with the help of an e-learning platform.

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Tracing the footsteps of Volga Germans in post-Soviet archives

Tracing the footsteps of Volga Germans in post-Soviet archives

Enticed into the Russian Empire by Tsarina Catherine II, ethnically German Russians (also known as Volga Germans) left many traces in Russia and the post-Soviet states. A research group at the University of Passau is now tracing their footsteps and collecting their findings in a handbook to facilitate future research in this area.

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PACE – Passau Centre for eHumanities

PACE – Passau Centre for eHumanities

The Passau Centre for eHumanities (PACE) investigates new computer-based approaches to determine the needs of the humanities and cultural studies fields for research and teaching. The Centre The Passau Centre for eHumanities (German) is an important component of the eHumanities field at the University of Passau.

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Typology and Theory of Remotivation

Typology and Theory of Remotivation

Do German butterflies fold lemons? One of the things Professor Rüdiger Harnisch examines in this project is why utterances are loaded with additional meaning.The German Research Foundation is funding the project ‘Typology and theory of remotivation’ of the Chair of German Language, which is held by Professor Rüdiger Harnisch.

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IndORGANIC: Passau Researchers prepare real Green Transformation Indonesia

IndORGANIC: Passau Researchers prepare real Green Transformation Indonesia

Turning Indonesia organic: Can the agriculture of the world’s largest island country be transformed into a bioeconomy? A research team at the University of Passau explores the potential of organic farming in Indonesia - the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) supports the project with a budget of EUR 882.

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Sino-German Research Project on Environmental Education

Environmental education

What does it take to realise sustainable development?  When analysing this question, stakeholders from civil society who are willing and able to act take a leading role. Article 36 of the action programme ‘Agenda 21’ adopted during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, already mentions education as a key factor on the path to greater sustainability.

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