The DFG Center for Advanced Studies

Inaugurated in 2015, the DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past” aims to help establish the theoretical foundations for a new cross-disciplinary field of bio-cultural coevolution by pushing the limits of cooperation between traditional disciplines. The center is therefore a forum for interdisciplinary discussion, bringing together scholars from the relevant fields to exchange ideas and develop common research questions and methodological approaches. The University of Tübingen is particularly well positioned to host such a center, with a tradition of excellence in prehistorical and linguistic research. The center is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which currently sponsors 15 Centers of Advanced Studies across Germany.


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  • 10 March 2017

    The third annual symposium of the DFG Center for Advanced Studies will be held on November 3rd – 5th at the Alte Aula in Tübingen....

  • 01 March 2017

    University of Crete alumnus, Panagiotis Zodos, joins the Center as an Erasmus trainee.

  • 19 January 2017

    New article authored by DFG Center’s research fellow Christian Bentz appears on the Journal of Quantitative Linguistics.