Issue 1/2017

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What remains

There’s a Martin Luther Playmobile figure and a Martin Luther noodle. It’s hard to escape the reformer’s face during the 2017 jubilee year. But what does the Reformation have to do with the present day? A lot, say researchers from many disciplines at the University of Halle. Because the Reformation’s legacy extends far beyond that of theology.

Luther’s Leucorea: Research in Wittenberg

Where Martin Luther once taught in Wittenberg, researchers today are working together on an interdisciplinary basis to study the history and effects of the Reformation. Two research projects, funded by the State of Saxony-Anhalt, are examining these topics at the Leucorea Foundation at the University of Halle.

Burkhard Schnepel

Indian Ocean Studies: ideas that travel

Globalisation isn’t new. It effectively started in the 16th century. Back then, sailors navigated the Indian Ocean and the world’s other seas. This was accompanied by active trading: traders brought with them goods, languages and ideas. All of these influences are examined today as part of the study programme “Indian Ocean Studies” and represent some of the aspects social anthropologist Professor Burkhard Schnepel is investigating. He has created a unique network in Halle in partnership with the Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology.

Im und am menschlichen Körper leben viele heute noch nicht vollständig bekannte Bakterien. (Foto: Colourbox.com)

Context: The Microbiome

Jeder Mensch teilt seinen Körper mit unzähligen kleinen Lebewesen, wie Bakterien. Bis vor wenigen Jahren wurde ihre Bedeutung verkannt. Heute weiß man: Bakterien können einen großen Einfluss auf die Gesundheit und sogar das Verhalten eines Menschen haben. Der Mikrobiologe Prof. Dr. Gary Sawers erläutert die Hintergründe.