Dr. Asuman Lätzer-Lasar


Junior Fellow (Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien)


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Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Steinplatz 2
99085 Erfurt


Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Dr. Asuman Lätzer-Lasar

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 15th July 2017: Researcher (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies
  • 05-06/2016 Visiting scholar at Stanford University,Palo Alto, California, USA, Guest of Prof. Dr. G. Parker
  • 06/2013 – 07/2017 Researcher (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/Assistant Director) at the Center for Advanced Studies Morphomata, University of Cologne
  • 07/2013 Ph.D. in Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, University of Cologne (title: „Kultureller Austausch in Kleinasien. Studien zu pergamenischer Importkeramik in Ephesus (Archäometrie und Kulturwissenschaften)"
  • 04/2010 – 12/2012 Research Assistant (wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft) at the Center for Advanced Studies Morphomata, University of Cologne
  • 10/2009 – 03/2013 Fellow at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Cologne (fultime PhD-scholarship)
  • 02/2009 – 07/2013 PhD-studies in Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, University of Cologne
  • 10/2008 – 06/2009 Fellow „auf dem Gebiet der Archäologie“ of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF), Vienna (fultime scholarship)
  • 02/2008 Magister Artium (title: "Studien zu einem späthellenistisch-frührömischen Fundkomplex aus dem Hanghaus 2 in Ephesus")
  • 04/2001 – 02/2008 M.A. studies, University of Cologne, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces, Classical Archaeology, Ancient Sinology and Islam Studies                    
  • Summer semester 2005 Exchange student: Tamkang University, Danshui, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Gaziantep (2002-2006)
Adiyaman (2004-2005)
Ephesos (2004-2015)
Ainos (2013-2015)
Patara (2016-2017)

Aigeira (2011-2013)

Ulaanbaatar (09-10/2008)

Hancheng, Province Shaanxi (10/2007)

Cologne (2006-2008)


Mutual Transformations between New Gods and the City

In this project I will investigate in a diachronic and comparative perspective the processes in which people entertaining or even propagating religious communication with ‘new gods’ were appropriating space, thus firmly localising religious practices. At different times throughout the period of investigation new religious addressees such as Mater Magna (Cybele), Isis and Serapis, Mithras, a variety of Syrian local high deities, but also diverse Zeuses or Ioves, Apollines or Iunones, Herculeses and Silvani were transferred into cities. Frequently, they were brought into city-space with a dense, socially and ethnically diverse population crammed into a limited physical space. In order to further the religious aspirations associated or created by these new arrivals, contested urban space had to be claimed in dialogue with owners, the city administration or just competing users and in keeping with the financial resources available.

This project will look into the mutual shaping of religious practices and city-space, e.g. acquisition of sites; restriction, alteration or invention of religious practices (for Rome for instance from praying and singing to the lavatio Matris at the Almo, the introduction of the taurobolium, the navigium Isidis or the inventio Osiridis); adaptation of religious behaviour to the constraints of the built city-scape; denomination of deities; affiliation with other deities; integration of narratives characteristic of the city into the mythology of the new deity. By selecting gods transferred from other areas or cities, these changes can be captured more conveniently. Architectural changes, such as modification of routes of access, have implications for religious practice as well as socialspatial interaction.

The analysis will be based on textual and archaeological evidence that shed light on spatial practices, such as temples, small shrines, altars, tomb monuments, and ‘small finds’ (e.g. votive objects). Literary and epigraphic evidence will be used to reconstruct social relationships. Starting with Rome a system of dynamic mapping will assemble contemporary evidence in generational time-layers (c. 25 years) in order to trace evolving interactions at single locations as well as across the networks.



  • mit S. Josifovic/Y. Guo (Eds.), Metaphysical Foundations of Knowledge and Ethics in Chinese and European Philosophy, Internationale Konferenz vom 24.-25. Juni im Internationalen Forschungskolleg Morphomata, Universität zu Köln, Morphomata Bd. 8 (München 2014).
  • Ins Chinesische übersetzt: 知识与伦理的形上学基 (Zhishi yu lunli de xing shangxue ji), Konfuzianismus und die moderne Gesellschaft Serie 2, Anhui Volksverlag (Hefei 2014)


  • Köpfe und Porträts auf hellenistischer Keramik aus Ephesos, in: T. Greub/M. Roussel (Eds.) Figurationen des Porträts. Festschrift für Dietrich Boschung zum 60. Geburtstag (Fink Verlag München 2016).
  • Das römische Handelsnetz von Ainos: Ausgewählte Keramik vom Späthellenismus bis zur Spätantike, RCRF Acta 44, Xanten 2014, 1-8.
  • with Gauß, W., Smetana, R., Dorner J., Eitzinger P., Leibetseder M.,  Regner C., Tanner A., Trapichler M., Old and New Observations from  the  Theatre at Aigeira, in: R. Frederiksen/ E. R. Gebhard/A. Sokolicek  (Eds.),  The Architecture of the Ancient Greek Theatre, Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens Vol. 17, Aarhus. Aarhus University Press  and  the Danish Institute at Athens. 267-278.
  • Vom symposium zum convivium. Trinksitten in Ephesus vom Späthellenismus bis in die frühe Kaiserzeit. in: P. Henrich/Ch. Miks/J. Obmann/M. Wieland (Eds.), Non solum … sed etiam. Festschrift für Thomas Fischer zum 65. Geburtstag (Rahden/Westf. 2015), 251-257.
  • with L. Peloschek, Microstructural Characteristics of Appliqué Wares from Ephesus, in: H. Meyza (Ed.), Late Hellenistic to Mediaeval Fine wares of the Aegean Coast of Anatolia - their production, imitation and use, Acta of IIIrd Nieborów Pottery Workshop (Warschau 2014), 59-70.
  • The Guodian Manuscripts in their archaeological-historical context, in: S. Josifovic/Y. Guo/A. Lätzer-Lasar (Eds.), Metaphysical Foundations of Knowledge and Ethics in Chinese and European Philosophy, Internationale Konferenz vom 24.-25. Juni im Internationalen Forschungskolleg Morphomata, Universität zu Köln, Morphomata Bd. 8 (München 2014), 83-96.
  • Nets working for Ephesus – using the example of Pergamenian imports in Ephesus during the Roman occupation period, in: N. Fenn/C. Römer-Strehl (Eds.), Networks in the Hellenistic World - According to the Pottery in the Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond, Internationale Konferenz vom 23.-26. Februar an den Universitäten Köln und Bonn, BAR International Series 2539 (Archaeopress Oxford 2013) 173-180.
  • with W. Gauß, R. Smetana, J. Dorner, P. Eitzinger, A. Galik, A. Kurz, M. Leibetseder, C. Regner, A. Tanner, M. Trapichler, G. Weissengruber, Aigeira 2011. Bericht zu Aufarbeitung und Grabung, Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts Bd. 81, 2012, 33-50.
  • Import oder indigen? Methodische Überlegungen zu Fabricbestimmungen pergamenischer Importkeramik in Ephesos, in: B. Ramminger/O. Stilborg (Eds.), Naturwissenschaftliche Analysen vor- und frühgeschichtlicher Keramik II. Dritter und vierter internationaler Workshop für junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler in Hamburg am 13. Februar 2010 und 5. Februar 2011, Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie Bd. 216 (Bonn 2012) 217-228.
  • Özel seramik, özel üretim. Helenistik kent Efes‘in kabartmalı seramiği, in: E. Tataroğlu/P. Türkdemir/G. İşlek (Eds.), 1. Sanat ve Tasarım Eğitimi Sempozyumu. Dün - Bugün - Gelecek, 27.-29. April 2011 (Ankara 2011) 304-308.

Under the name A. Lätzer

  • Geç Hellenistik – Erken Roma Ev Seramik Envanteri. Yamaç Ev 2’de Sondaj B6´dan çıkan seramik malzemesinin sınıflandırması ve analizi, in: B. Tekkök/C. Işık (Eds.), Helenistik ve Roma Dönemi Seramik Çalışmaları Sempozyumu, 11.-14. Juni 2009 in Kaunos. Ege Yayıncılık İstanbul. Not published.
  • Studien zu einem späthellenistisch-frührömischen Fundkomplex aus dem Hanghaus 2, Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts, Bd. 78, 2009, 123-220.
  • with M. Blömer, Ein Grabrelief aus der Nekropole von Perrhe, in: E. Winter (Ed.), ΠATPIΣ ΠANTPOΦOΣ KOMMAΓHNH. Neue Funde und Forschungen zwischen Taurus und Euphrat, Asia Minor Studien, Bd. 60, 2008, 227-230, Taf. 1; 33, 1. 2.
  • Various Lemmata in: Sporn, K. (Ed.), Europas Spiegel. Die Antikensammlung im Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum Aachen (Wiesbaden 2005).

Scientific translations

  • J. Wagner, The beginnings of archaeological research at Zeugma. Recollections of my survey 1971-1974, in: Ergeç, R. (Ed.), International Symposium on Zeugma in Gaziantep (Gaziantep 2007).
  • Information panel of the Limes section at Erlensee in Hessen (2007).
  • Renkli tanrılar (Colourful gods). Co-translation of the the catalogue of the exhibiton in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul (Istanbul 2006).

Non-scientific publications

  • In jeder Lebenslage, Alumni report for the annual report 2013 of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Cologne (Cologne 2014)