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Work of tomorrow and beyond – between science and fiction

In the course of the BMBF funded project „FutureWork“, a public conference dedicates itself with work in the future at ZKM Karlsruhe as well as at IHK Karlsruhe on 17/18 September 2021.

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ZAK Talks at KIT Science Week

At the final weekend (9/10 October 2021) of the first KIT Science Week, the ZAK Talks will focus on the topic AI with a public symposium and a matinee at IHK Karlsruhe, an ARTE Film Night at ZKM Karlsruhe as well as a reading at Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

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Anthology about future work

In the publication "Future Work - The work of the day after tomorrow. 15 short stories from the future", which was produced as part of the BMBF research project FutureWork, science fiction authors write about the working environment at the beginning of the 22nd century. The anthology is available now.

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Civic engagement abroad

The application phase for the seminar "En route!" Become a global citizen through cross-border Service-Learning starts on Monday, 20 September 2021, 5 pm.

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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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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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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 dedicated itself with literary, artistic and cultural aspects of the ecological debate in the anthropocene.

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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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