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World Science Café

On Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 6 pm Dr. Anan Alsheikh Haidar and Dr. Housamedden Darwish discuss “The Syrian Crisis – A Philosophical and Legal Overview” in the lecture series World Science Café. 

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Parallel worlds – a threat for democracy?

In the winter term 2017/18 the course of lectures Colloquium Fundamentale deals with parallel structures in the mainstream society and their possible implications for democracy.

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Course catalogue 2017/2018

The ZAK course catalogue includes comprehensive subject descriptions for each course. A printed copy is available at ZAK or at several locations on campus. Registration will start on 5 October 2017.

Courses taught in English

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Science Talks

On 21 November 2017 the third ZAK Science Talks in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung will deal with “Digital education – what do we have to know for tomorrow?".

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The Syrian Crisis – A Philosophical and Legal Overview

In the course of the lecture series World Science Café, two speakers will deal with the Syrian Crisis on 12 December 2017.

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KIT in the City Hall

On 31 January 2018 an introduction of the KIT Energy Center with lectures on new technologies for the energy of tomorrow will take place in the Bürgersaal of Karlsruhe City Hall.

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Indonesia: the unknown Islam? Perspectives of the world’s biggest Islamic country

Within the scope of the International Forum, Thomas Yoshimura held a lecture on the religious landscape of Indonesia. The lecture took place on 23 October 2017.

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Teaser picture: Benjamin Barber passed away
Benjamin Barber passed away

The political scientist Benjamin Barber visited the “Karlsruhe Dialogues” of the ZAK in 2004 and 2015. He spoke about the potential of cities for challenges of our world.

Benjamin Barber at the Karlsruhe Dialogues

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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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Picture (City Conversations): David Dieschburg / photocase.com