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Visiting hours at ZAK

With regard to current reasons, visiting hours at ZAK will be suspended until further notice. Yet, we are accessible for you by telephone. Please call us in case that you want to pick up course certificates. We will send you the certificates via post.

Summer term 2020

Registration for the ZAK seminars opens on Monday, 30 March at 12 o’clock. We will inform you on a timely basis in case that teaching activities have to be postponed, reduced or converted to online formats.

Courses taught in English


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POSTPONED: Sustainability Spring Days at KIT

Unfortunately, the event was cancelled due to necessary measures for the containment of the Corona virus. The 4th Sustainability Spring Days at KIT will be probably rescheduled to 5-8 October 2020. We ask for your understanding for these measures.

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Online Euro-Med Debate Competition 2020 – Register now!

As part of the Erasmus + Virtual Exchange Program: Debate Exchange Activity the Competition takes place on 18th/19th & 25th/26th April 2020. Participants from the Euromediteran area will debate online.

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International Forum on system export of Chinese party-state

On 26 November 2019 Dr. Nis Grünberg analysed the Chinese party-state compared with liberal-democratic systems.

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World Science Café

In his lecture on 13 February 2020 the sociologist Dr. Jonathan Ngeh talked about the exploitation and abuse of Cameroonians who migrated to the Arab Gulf States. ​

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Teaser Futurwork

The future of our work is uncertain? With the BMBF project FutureWork, ZAK is breaking new ground to change this. Human Factors and Ergonomics, Futurology and Science Fiction are working together on new future scenarios.

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A new volume published

The volume “NationEUropa.The Polarised Solidarity Community” deals with the pressures in Europe and the consequences for the global community and democracy. Moreover the authors try to illustrate ways out of the existential crisis of Europe.

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ZAK: Science meets society

As responsible corporate institutions, research universities experience new challenges: they are expected to provide innovative and highly specialised new and robust knowledge; unintended social and cultural effects are to be adequately anticipated; and both scientific communities and the broader public are to be involved in communication processes. Read more

A Concise Profile

The ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies aims at interdisciplinarity. It contributes to communicate between the sciences and the humanities and mediates between science and society by means of specific projects on the basis of the university’s concept of structure and development.

Tasks and Goals:

  • Promoting interdisciplinary teaching at the university and the dissemination of knowledge following the tradition of the Liberal Arts
  • Facilitating student education in career-relevant key qualifications
  • Developing and offering innovative teaching and learning modules for interdisciplinary education
  • Intensifying the dialogue between different academics in the area of social impact and cultural change
  • Developing and organizing events intending to intensify the exchange between science and society
  • Researching framework requirements and megatrends in the range of competence acquirement from the perspective of cultural studies

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