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Pluralistic Society and Its Enemies

From 3 to 5 March 2017, the 21st Karlsruhe Dialogues discussed democracy and disenchantment, mistrust of the elite, as well as threats to an open society.

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Within the scope of the EU-funded project MIGRASCOPE, the ZAK and project partners from various countries are developing concepts to support migrants and employers in the integration process into the labor market.

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A Note on Human Condition

The Turkish scientist Prof. Dr. Hande Birkalan-Gedik gave a lecture (in English) about Human Condition and Refugee Crisis in the last part of the series “World Science Café” on 15 February 2017.

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Syrian Cultural Heritage during the Crisis

Syrian archaeologist Prof. Dr. Ammar Abdulrahman gave a talk as part of the new event series “World Science Café” on 1 February 2017.

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New Nationalisms – A Consequence of a Globalised World?

In the winter term 2016/17 the course of lectures Colloquium Fundamentale dealt with the topic “New Nationalisms – A Consequence of a Globalised World?”.

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KIT in City Hall

On 25 January 2017 scientists of the KIT Center Information · Systems · Technologies (KCIST) presented fascinating research relating to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

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The Critical Stage. Young Voices on Crucial Topics

Amir Heinitz and Marian Reda, flatmates in Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution, contribute e-mail excerpts to the online publication of the ZAK.

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Reflections on Contemporary South Africa (talk in English language)

Dramatist Mike van Graan gave a talk on the South African perspective on Germany and social developments in his home country on 15 November 2016.

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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 Gilles Kepel: Catherine Hélie © Editions Gallimard
Picture (Science Dialogues): ja_hh / photocase.de
Picture (Colloquium Fundamentale): pixelklex / photocase.de