FR | Monastic Architecture

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Monastic Architecture – 2 Research Fields for the Preparation of a Publication

Last year, ten students took a look at 30 monastery architectures from the 20th and 21st century and, by writing catalog articles about them, laid the foundation for a first overview of this topic.
Two research fields with different focal points will now help to unify the contributions, some of which are still somewhat diverse, for the overall publication:

1. Research Field topic "Scientific Work, Text and Language"

Extensive bibliographies have been researched on all monasteries, which have already been formatted by the students in a relatively uniform way. In a first step, all bibliographies should be carefully checked for adherence to the prescribed form and adapted if necessary. In a second step, all footnote references should then be checked for the literature abbreviations defined in the bibliographies and adjusted if necessary.
Once these formalities have been fulfilled, the research field turns to the area of "text and language". For example, short biographies have been written on all the architects, but the content of some of them still differs somewhat too much. The short biographies will therefore be compared directly and, if necessary, adapted. This work will also be used to compile the register of architects, which will be printed in the appendix of the book. Depending on the intensity and duration of the work, other similar tasks will follow after consultation.
Prerequisites for participation in the research field are an accurate way of working as well as a secure and confident handling of spelling, punctuation and grammar of the German language.

2. Research Field topic "List of illustrations, illustration credits and acquisition of image rights"

The aim of this research field is, in a first step, to create a list of illustrations as a table in Excel, which includes all illustrations of the entire book. The table serves to standardise all figure references according to a predefined scheme as well as to provide an overview of the image rights.
Once the table has been completed and the corresponding image folders have been created, the research field leads to the request and acquisition of image rights. In this context or subsequently, fundraising tasks are also envisaged.
Preconditions for participation in the research field are an accurate way of working and communication skills.

The two 6 CP research field topics are scheduled for one semester. With a workload of 30 time hours per CP, this corresponds to a weekly working time of 8 to 10 hours per week to be spent on the research field. Please take this into account when registering.



Field of Research (6 CP)
M.Sc. | all semesters


Introduction: April 11, 2022, time by arrangement, AGes Library
Project meeting: Mondays, time by arrangement, AGes Library
Submission: Friday, August 15, 2022


Dr.-Ing. Caroline Helmenstein