Orientation in Space and Time

Associated interdisciplinary research group

Spatial and temporal orientation represents a basis of human life.
Besides the purely practical side, dealing with space and time also has a cosmological and religious component. While one can try to explain the cosmos in a mythological way on the one hand, the endeavor to fathom the divine order on the other hand led to the beginnings of science as we understand it today. Both faith and knowledge influence the power structure, the social structures, the human options for action and finally the world view of a society.

At the University of Basel, two research projects from two different perspectives deal with questions of orientation in space and time in the Late Latène and Gallo-Roman eras.