The International Research Center
“Interweaving Performance Cultures”
mourns its Senior Advisor
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Köpping
17 March 1940 – 17 June 2017
who passed away unexpectedly in Berlin on 17 June 2017 at the age of 77. Klaus-Peter Köpping lived a remarkable international academic career with stations at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and the University of Melbourne, Australia, and his long-standing commitment to the Institute of Ethnology, University of Heidelberg, Germany (1991-2005). In 2008 Klaus-Peter Köpping was one of the first Fellows of our newly founded International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” and became one of its main impulses from the outset. The extraordinary scope of his knowledge, his passionate enthusiasm for discussions as well as his love for challenging exchanges of argument led him to join the Center as a Senior Advisor from 2010 onwards. As a keen listener and thoughtful mentor, he was the head of the internal doctoral colloquium at the Center. Until the very end, his academic zeal was driven by his untiring passion for science. We will remember him as an inspiring scholar, an innovative researcher and a highly respected colleague and friend. We will ensure that the diverse impulses and manifold interweavings he inspired continue to serve as basis for future explorations.