Hans Peter Duerr (Cover photo volume 5)
Photo: Jürgen Bauer
“......Hans Peter Duerr (* 6 June 1943 in Mannheim) is a German ethnologist and cultural historian.Duerr...... studied ethnology at the universities of Vienna and Heidelberg. He received his doctorate in 1971 at the University of Heidelberg on the theory of consciousness in philosophy. From 1975 to 1980, he was an assistant lecturer and visiting professor for ethnology and cultural history in Zurich, Kassel, and Bern. In 1981, he habilitated at the Gesamthochschule Kassel. From 1992 to 1999, he taught as professor of ethnology and cultural history at the University of Bremen. In 1989/1990, he was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and in 1995/1996 at the European University of Florence.
Duerr's regional focus is on indigenous North America, East Indonesia and North Frisia.
The volume ‘Traumzeit. Über die Grenzen zwischen Wildnis und Zivilisation’ [en: ‘Dreamtime. On the borders between wilderness and civilisation’] was published in 1978 and became a much read book at German universities. Duerr describes natural religious traditions. His topics are shamans, witches and astrologers. He deals with the question, what a person of western civilisation can learn from old traditions. In particular, he processes experiences, which he was able to gain when dealing with foreign cultures.
In his five-volume main work ‘Der Mythos vom Zivilisationsprozess’ [en: ‘The Myth of the Process of Civilization’], Duerr is concerned with a refutation of Norbert Elias' theory of civilisation, which he set out in 1939 in his main work ‘On the process of civilisation’.”
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