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The Critical Stage

In the new article in ZAK’s ongoing online publication, the writer and scholar Kareem James Abu-Zeid, PhD, provides a brief overview of political life in the US in 2021, highlighting major tensions, paradoxes, and developments, and speculating on what might lie ahead, in the light of Trumpism and its ongoing aftershocks.

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The future of our work is uncertain? With the BMBF funded project FutureWork, ZAK is breaking new ground to change this. Human Factors and Ergonomics, Futurology and Science Fiction are working together on new future scenarios.

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Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha set ex-aequo

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, who was honored to be on the short list of two in the last round of the application process: "It was a great honour to be presented to the Board of Governors set ex-aequo by the selection panel with Josep Ferré.”

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

In the summer term 2021 the course of lectures Colloquium Fundamentale dedicates itself with literary, artistic and cultural aspects of the ecological debate in the anthropocene.

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ZAK I Occasional Papers

ZAK is launching a new online series, the ZAK I Occasional Papers. The first issues of Leo Hollis (No. 1) and Mirjam van Reisen et al. (No. 2) are now available online!

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Long Night of Ideas 2021

The project "Hope in the Time of Corona. EuroMed Citizen Visions" as a follow-up project of our EuroMed Citizen Reporters was selected for the "Long Night of Ideas 2021" of the Federal Foreign Office and will be streamed live on 7th June!

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We are still here!

EuroMed Citizen Reporters is a project gathering civil societies’ views in citizen journalist campaigns about life during the current pandemic and on prospects after the Covid-19 period. The project has been officially launched on 2 December 2020.

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COVID-19 as Societal Crises – Challenges and Chances

On Tuesday, 29 June 2021 at 11 a.m. CET, the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) together with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) of KIT will host an online discussion on the current pandemic-related changes and challenges in the relationship between (civil) society, politics and science.

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ZAK: Science meets society

As responsible corporate institutions, research universities experience new challenges: they are expected to provide innovative and 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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You can find an overview of the past activities in our timeline.

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About us

ZAK is a central academic unit at KIT based on three pillars: research, studies and public science.

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