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KI Science Film Festival

On the occasion of the Science Year 2019 - Artificial Intelligence, ZAK was proud to present an international Film Festival on Artificial Intelligence (KI in German). From 3-5 July 2019 the 12 film finalists were shown and the KI Science Film Award was announced.

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A.I. & Speech: A Silent Anthropomorphism?

While current speech assistants such as Alexa, Bixby, or Siri still feel far from fiction such as in Knight Rider, Iron Man, Her, or Ex Machina, Prof. mult. Dr. Björn W. Schuller revealed on 27 June 2019, how – largely unnoticed – “deep” neural networks already learnt to speak, and to show artificial emotional and social intelligence in their reaction in a dialogue, for example, to appear more charismatic or empathic.

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KIT in the City Hall

On 4 June 2019, the KIT Center Materials presented to the public its top-level research in material science as well as the associated development of technologies.

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International Forum on bioethics in China and worldwide

On 27 May 2019 PD Dr. Ole Döring spoke on the topic „Genetic experiments on humans in China: Who owns the ethical problem?”.

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Intercultural Experience Online – free places left!

In the 5 week course “Cross-cultural Collaboration”, participants develop skills in cross-cultural communication, leadership and collaborative problem-solving. The programm in English language starts prior to the beginning of the summer semester. Registration before 18th March 2019.

Get registered here and simultaneously here.

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ZAK course catalogue is online!

Interdisciplinary, international and intercultural: ZAK will offer an exciting range of seminars, workshops and lectures in summer term 2019. Registration starts on Monday, April 8th at 12 pm.

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Registration (all Courses in German and English)

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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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Working With Refugee Communities

In an interview with “In Place of War” (Anna Lindh Foundation) Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha talked about the role of arts and creativity in promoting integration and giving communities voice to tell their own stories.

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ZAK: Science meets society

As responsible corporate institutions, research universities experience new challenges: they are expected to provide innovative an 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

Read more about the ZAK.