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Spring Days of Sustainability

From 25th to 28th March 2019, the 3rd Spring Days of Sustainability will take place at KIT. Participants can learn about the important role of science for sustainability and how they themselves can become actors for sustainable development. Students of all Karlsruhe universities and guest students are welcome.

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Wanted: Movies about Artificial Intelligence

On the occasion of the Science Year 2019 - Artificial Intelligence, ZAK organizes the international KI Science Film Festival. Films on Artificial Intelligence are now open for submission until 31st March 2019.

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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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The Responsible Society

From 22 to 24 February 2019, the 23rd Karlsruhe Dialogues discussed the importance of responsibility in all aspects of collective life in these unstable times.

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Teaser Science Dialogues
Science Dialogues

On 28 January 2019 the 5th ZAK Science Dialogues in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung dealt with “The true (product) digital identity".

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Call for Debate Team Leaders – Join the new ERASMUS+ VIRTUAL EXCHANGE programme!

The Advocacy Training – Intercultural Online Debate pilot programme is a great way to connect with young people from other countries and gain meaningful intercultural experiences online. Register now for the March to April dates!

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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.