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PD Dr. B. Christiansen

PD Dr. Birgit Christiansen

Research and teaching staff of the
Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship for the
Ancient History of the Near and Middle East


Historisches Seminar der LMU

Alte Geschichte
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Visiting Address: Historicum, Schellingstr. 12, room K321

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 6932

Office hours:
By appointment only

1995-2003 Studied Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Protestant Theology at the University of Tübingen, the Humboldt Universität Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin; Magister Artium 2003 (FU Berlin); PhD 2008 (FU Berlin); Habilitation 2017 (LMU Munich); 2013-2014 Junior Researcher in Residence at the Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich; 2014-2015 Research Fellowship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Academic positions: University of Vienna (2007-2010: interdisciplinary research project "Corpus der lykischen Sprachdenkmäler" funded by the FWF and housed by the Institute of Classical Archaeology and the Institute of Linguistics; Lecturer in ancient Anatolian languages at the Institute of Linguistics); LMU Munich (2010-2014: postgraduate programme "Formen von Prestige in Kulturen des Altertums"; DFG-funded project "Hethitisches Wörterbuch"; German-French cooperative research project "Xanthiaca" and LMUexcellent-Project "Städtische Physiognomien, lokale Identität und Netzwerkbildung antiker Städte").

Since August 2015 part of the research staff of Prof. Dr. Karen Radner.

Main research areas

My main research areas are the Anatolian and Northern Syrian cultures and languages of the 2nd and 1st millennia B.C. I am mainly working on the written sources of the Hittites, Lycians and Urartians, focusing on ritual and legal texts as well as monumental inscriptions.

I am particularly interested in the use of writing, the transmission of texts, and religious, legal and political procedures to maintain social order and to avert and manage crises.