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Old photo of the formerly new port la Joliette as well as pont transbordeur above the old port of Marseille.

Mediterranean networks, clans and Marseille

For portions of today's society, technological and infrastructural progress such as AI-guided transportation routes and automated subways is indispensable. For others, these developments are unsettling or even frightening. In the past, new infrastructures have often had unforeseeable political, economic and cultural consequences. What impact do they continue to have today?

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'All which it inherit shall dissolve': Ecodramaturgy and the cultural infrastructure of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

At the invitation of the research initiative and core topic of the Centre of Cultural Inquiry, "Transforming Infrastructure: Cultural Perspectives", Elizabeth Freestone, theatre director and climate activist, will speak about her 2023 production of Shakespeare's The Tempest for the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of a seminar on "Resetting Shakespeare". Anyone interested is cordially invited!

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ZKF Public Talk: Cultural Infrastructure Studies

For the past two years, the research initiative „Transforming Infrastructures. Cultural Perspectives” has engaged with the field of infrastructure research. The talk will give an overview on what has been achieved so far and discuss the prospects of this research initiative.

Old photo of a man sittting in one of the first build cars.

People, cars and the elements

It contributed to a whole new perception of nature and yet soon became an environmental problem: How automobility changed people’s relationship to the environment and how this is reflected in American road literature is the subject of the ERC project of literary scholar Timo Müller, professor of American studies at the University of Konstanz.

Enough water for everyone?

Whether infrastructure such as the supply of water is sustainable and how many people benefit from it depends on more than just technical factors. The decisive role cultural dimensions play in the context of infrastructure is one of the core topics that researchers at the Centre for Cultural Inquiry (ZKF) at the University of Konstanz are investigating.

Workshop: Restitución y Reparación para los pueblos indígenas en el marco del colonialismo en Sudamérica

The workshop is exploratory, interdisciplinary and academic. The participants (from culture, law and history studies) aim to survey and make accessible information on artefacts and human remains in Europe, create conceptual and normative bases of restitution and reparation for indigenous peoples since colonial times in South America. (Language: Spanish)

Picture: Mural by Lucas Quinto (Argentina)