ALMA is an interinstitutional project carried out by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (HAdW), the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW), and the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz (ADW Mainz). Directed by Prof. Dr. Maria Selig (BAdW), Prof. Dr. Elton Prifti and Seniorprof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Wolfgang Scheickard (ADW Mainz), and Dr. Sabine Tittel (HAdW), the project will run three research units with, in all, six colleagues.
The project aims to investigate the interaction between language, knowledge, and scholarship in the Romance cultural sphere where, in the Middle Ages, new, vernacular knowledge networks develop and the vernaculars – medieval French, Italian, Occitan, etc. – turn into complex languages of knowledge and scholarship.