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International Forum on Chinese investments

On Thursday, 13 December 2018 at 6 p.m. Dr. Cora Francisca Jungbluth will speak on the topic „Chance and Challenge: Chinese Investments in Germany” and will examine the question if there is reason to worry about a sellout through China.

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Europe’s Dilemma. New Challenges – more Responsibility?

In the winter term, the Colloquium Fundamentale deals with European challenges and social responsibility in the face of current multiple crises.

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Workshop Science in Exile

The Workshop „Threatened Researchers II: Science in Exile – Shared Responsibilities” took place on 6th December 2018. The workshop was designed for affected researchers, fellow academics, institutional and administrative employees of host institutions and the interested public.

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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 October to December 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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New ZAK course catalogue is online!

Interdisciplinary, international and interactive: ZAK offers a broad variety of interesting seminars for the winter term. Course registration will start on October 1st at 12pm.

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Genealogy of Popular Science

On 15 - 17 June 2018 the ZAK organized the International Expert Conference on the History of Popular Science Communication from Antiquity to Present.

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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

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Photo International Forum: matze_ott / photocase.de

Photo KIT in the City Hall: © Michael Zacher