The International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia
(IMPRS ANARCHIE), 2012-2021
The International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia (IMPRS ANARCHIE) is a Ph.D programme founded in 2012 as a cooperation between the Department „Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia” of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the disciplines of archaeology and history at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. The specific institutes involved are the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Department of Classical Studies, the Institute for Art History and European Archaeology, and the Institute for History. ANARCHIE is also connected with two graduate schools of the Martin Luther University: „Society and Culture in Motion” and „Enlightenment – Religion – Knowledge”.
ANARCHIE is devoted to the investigation of diachronic processes in society and culture in the Old World, approaching them in a comparative transnational framework across the entire landmass of Asia and Europe (including the southern shores of the Mediterranean). It aims at the cross-fertilisation of anthropological, archaeological and historical theories and methods.
Four successive cohorts of internationally recruited Ph.D candidates have established common core themes such as (1) collective identifications, (2) religion and ritual, (3) economic and demographic drivers of social change and (4) representing domination. The first cohort has been recruited in 2012, the second in 2014 and the third followed in 2015. The fourth and final cohort started in 2017.
It is expected that ANARCHIE students obtain their doctoral degree from the Martin Luther University in one of the three participating disciplines; a supplementary certificate will highlight the interdisciplinary training received in the programme.