Home institution: University of Zurich
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Mediality – Historical Perspectives" focuses on the historicity of media and mediality. It investigates forms of communication before the era of mass-media and technologically oriented media discourses.
Through the analysis of texts, images, maps, sculptures, architecture, textiles, sounds and films particular situations are examined, in which change in communication practices, new dynamics in medial forms, and reflection on the conditions of communication become palpable. The main question is what can act as a medium, and what are the specific conditions that make mediacy possible. Participating fields of the NCCR are: German literature and linguistics, history, history of art, film studies, musicology, Scandinavian studies, romance literature and linguistics, as well as law.
Further information on the NCCR:
Prof. Christian Kiening
Schönberggasse 9, SOD 216
Phone +41 (0) 44 634 25 41
Management / Coordination
Prof. Martina Stercken
Universität Zürich, Historisches Seminar
Rämistrasse 42, RAL-G-10
Phone +41 (0) 44 634 51 16
NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.
The SNSF is financing the NCCR Mediality in its third funding period, i.e. over the maximum permissible running time of twelve years.
Financing 2005 – 2017 (Swiss Francs)
Time-frame Funding source 2005-2008 2009-2012 2013-2016 SNSF grant 5'700'000 6'000'000 4'200'000 Funds of Zurich University 2'484'878 2'956'450 2‘372’668 Group funds of the project participants 1'446'702 4'348'500 3‘131’533 External funds 268'140 0 -420 Total 9'899'720 13'304'950 9’703’781
Evaluation / Review Panel
For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR Mediality consists of the following experts:
Contact person at the SNSF:
Dr. Stefan Bachmann
Swiss National Science Foundation
Phone +41 (0) 31 308 23 49
National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.
NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.
Structures created by this NCCR until now: