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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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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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The working enviroments of the future: visions, opportunities, risks

The Colloquium Fundamentale deals in the summer term with current research around the topic of work.

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Internationale China
International Forum on China

On 25 June 2018 Dr. Margot Schüller analysed the chances and challenges for the cooperation of China and Germany that are connected with the reorientation of China’s economic model.

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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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World Science Café

On 20 June 2018, Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar talked about “Neoliberal Regimes and Their Gendered Body-Bio-Politics. The Case of AKP in Turkey”.

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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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Science Dialogues

On 12 June 2018 the 4th ZAK Science Dialogues in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung dealt with “Sharing or Owning – Sharing Economy as Curse or Blessing?".

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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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