Valerie Shafer und Joseph Y. Halpern at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is warmly welcoming the Senior Fellows Prof. Valerie Shafer and Prof. Joseph Y. Halpern, who are our guests since 3rd June.

Valerie Shafer has been nominated by our Alumna Tanja Rinker and will stay until 26th July. She is dedicating this time period to her project “The relationship between speech-perception and language development in bilingually exposed preschoolers“. We are also happy to announce her workshop „Studies on normal and impaired language acquisition in...


Philosophy: Monday Monthly Meeting

Everybody is cordially invited to attend the last Monthly Monday Meeting on:

Monday, June 18, 2012, 3-8pm, V 1001

15:00-16:00: Peter Fritz (Oxford): 'Metaphysical Necessity' as a Theoretical Term

16:15-17:15: Joseph Y. Halpern (Cornell/Senior Fellow): Intransitivity and Vagueness

17:30-18:30: Thomas Kroedel (Berlin): Mental Causation for Dualists

18:45-19:45: Timothy Williamson (Oxford): Knowing the Real and Apparent Time

More information is available here.


Workshop I "Forgetting"

The Workshop I "Forgetting" takes place in cooperation with the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from

10th-13th June 2012 in Konstanz

About the Workshop

The Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz and the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, are new interdisciplinary institutions designed to foster outstanding early-career researchers. Since their inception, the two institutions have...


Fourth Formal Epistemology Festival

The fourth Formal Epistemology Festival funded by the German Research Foundation will take place on June 4-6, 2012 at the University of Konstanz. This event is organized by Rachael Briggs (ANU), Kenny Easwaran (USC), Jonathan Weisberg (Toronto), and the Zukunftskolleg Fellow Franz Huber (Konstanz).

The talks of the Zukunftskolleg members within the framework of the workshop will be given in the room V 1001:

on Monday, June 4, 2012 at 4.30 p.m. by Franz Huber

on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 6 p.m....


The Virtual Hadrian’s Villa

The Zukunftskolleg Senior Fellow Bernard D. Frischer, Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia (USA), will visit the Zukunftskolleg in May again to report on progress of the Virtual Hadrian's Villa Project, which was already in focus of his work during his stay at the Zukunftskolleg from October 2010 to July 2011. Together with a team of specialists Bernard Frischer succeeded in creating a 3D digital model of the archaeological site of Hadrian's Villa along with a...


Philosophy Beyond Borders

Quantum mechanics is arguably the most puzzling physical theory we have ever had. On the one hand, it makes excellent empirical predictions; on the other, we know that it cannot be the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Trying to understand quantum mechanics while keeping its predictive success has led to alternative formulations of the theory. One of the most suggestive of these, Hugh Everett III’s pure wave mechanics, describes a quantum universe constantly evolving into many parallel,...


Konstanzer Geistes Slam

On Saturday, the 5th of May, the second „Konstanzer Geistes Slam“ was a great success. For one hour within the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft” five young scientists from varying institutions presented their subjects. Although the well established PowerPoint presentation was a useful help, this event was stamped by the motto: anything goes, as long as it serves a better understanding. The participants had eight minutes time to bring across their message, afterwards presenter Mario Müller („Theater...


Philosophy Beyond Borders

What are "altruism" and "selfishness" in human action, and do they exclude each other? Which role do they play in economics? What's the point of accusing someone of being "selfish", and is the pleasure of feeling morally superior not "selfish" in its own way?

Let's continue exploring philosophy and its borders in a conversation between Christoph Fehige, Professor of Practical Philosophy at Saarland University in Saarbrücken and Senior Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, and Urs Fischbacher, Professor...


Südkurier in talk with Prof. Dr. Giovanni Galizia

Tuesday, 8th of May, 2012

At 8 p.m.

Café Voglhaus, Wessenbergstraße 8

In comfortable ambience of the Café Voglhaus neurobiologist and director of the Zukunftskolleg Prof. Giovanni Galizia will be talking about scents, how contiguous they are to our emotions, and how important they are for the bees. This scientifical diaolog takes place within the framework of the series of events “Angesprochen: Wissenschaft” which is being organized and held by Südkurier, the University of Konstanz, and the...


Zweiter Konstanzer Geistes Slam

Im Rahmen der „Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften“, die von der Universität Konstanz gemeinsam mit der Hochschule Konstanz Technik, Wirtschaft und Gestaltung (HTWG), der Stadt Konstanz, der Insel Mainau und der Pädagogischen Hochschule Thurgau (PHTG) durchgeführt wird, präsentieren das Zukunftskolleg und die Geisteswissenschaftliche Sektion der Universität Konstanz den Zweiten Konstanzer Geistes Slam.

An dem vom Philosophen und Schauspieler Mario Müller (Theater mit beschränkter Hoffnung)...


Workshop with Jeffrey A. Barrett: Logic

On Monday, 30th April 2012, another workshop of the Department of Philosophy will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in V 1001. All Members of the Zukunftskolleg are invited to join this workshop. Among others Jeffrey A. Barrett will discuss about "Logic".



Executive Committee Elections

The Zukunftskolleg would like to thank Helen Gunter for her work as an Executive Committee member and would like to greet Martin Bruder, a new Executive Committee member. The elections took place during the first Jour Fixe of the Summer Term 2012 (19.04.2012) with total of 9 candidates. We congratulate Martin Bruder and wish him good luck!


„Einmal Arbeiterkind, immer Arbeiterkind!? – Wie offen sind deutsche Hochschulen wirklich? “

Dienstag, den 24. April 2012

20 bis 22 Uhr

Kulturzentrum am Münster

(Wolkensteinsaal, Wessenbergstraße 39)


Im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe "Karrierewege in der Wissenschaft“  findet  in Kooperation mit der Konstanzer eine Diskussion zwischen der Autorin von “Ausgebremst: Warum das Recht auf Bildung nicht für alle gilt“ (2011) Katja Urbatsch und ihren Leserinnen und Lesern Eva Blome (Postdoc im Exzellenzcluster/ Literaturwissenschaftlerin), Anne Pajarinen (Career Service...


"The Physics of Active Colloids" – the series of lectures by Prof. Wilson Poon

Senior fellow of the Zukunftskolleg Wilson Poon will give three two-hour lectures on "The Physics of Active Colloids".

Friday 20th April 2012 at 10:00-11:30, room P712

Thursday, 26th April 2012 at 13:30, room P602

Friday, 27th April 2012 at 10:00, room P712

Wilson is a physicist who has made outstanding contributions to the physics of colloidal dispersions and colloid-polymer mixtures in the past. He has moved on to study bacteria, some work he will discuss in detail in his lectures. He has...


Philosophy Beyond Borders

Academic philosophy is closely associated with the individual sciences in that as ascience theory, it contributes to the analysis of hypothesis formulation and theory development. Viewed formerly as a universal, today as a basic science, the question arises as to how philosophy can be positioned within the spectrum of university research, and how other disciplines can enter into a fruitful discourse with it. The Zukunftskolleg – a unique, interdisciplinary organization for the promotion of...


Professor Adam Berg to give a public lecture at the University of Konstanz

Professor Adam Berg will give a lecture titled “What happens to science and art in the age of transcoding?” on 22nd of March 2012 in Y 311 from 11:45 till 13:30 (the abstract is available here).

Professor Berg is an adjunct associate professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences department at Otis College of Art and Design and also teaches at the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). He studied art at the Academia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Architecture at the...


Professorship for Franz Huber

Franz Huber, Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, accepted a tenure-stream position in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Canada, downtown campus (St. Georg), at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting 1st January 2013. The Zukunftskolleg congratulates Franz Huber on the new position!


Iris-Tatjana Kolassa receives the Award from the Association for Psychological Science

Prof. Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Alumna of the Zukunftskolleg, received Janet Taylor Spence Award For Transformative Early Career Contributions To Psychological Science from the Association for Psychological Science. This prize distinguishes special creative approach to the research, which motivates re-thinking in the area of Psychology. Iris-Tatjana Kolassa is head of the Department of Clinical and Biological Psychology at the University of Ulm since 2010. In 2006 she became a member of the...


Remembering causes forgetting

The research results of the joint work of Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg, Simon Hanslmayr with Prof. Mikael Johansson and with Dr. Gerd Waldhauser (University of Lund, Sweden) showed for the first time that retrieval of associated memory contents inhibits interfering contents which leads to the forgetting of the latter. A distinction between the patterns of contents which have to be recalled and of interfering contents was achieved by means of EEG.  This method provides direct evidence for the...


A sketchbook of experimental physics

Gunhild Berg, Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg, edited a book "Collegium über Naturlehre und Astronomie bei Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Göttingen 1796/1797; ein Skizzenbuch der Experimentalphysik“ which was recently published. In this book the author, Jakob Friedrich Dyckerhoff collected sketches and notes of the lectures of G. C. Lichtenberg. He also described there Lichtenberg’s principle of trusting in nature as in a teacher.

More information about the book and also the abstract are available h...


Philosophy Beyond Borders

Academic philosophy is closely associated with the individual sciences in that as a science theory, it contributes to the analysis of hypothesis formulation and theory development. Viewed formerly as a universal, today as a basic science, the question arises as to how philosophy can be positioned within the spectrum of university research, and how other disciplines can enter into a fruitful discourse with it. The Zukunftskolleg would...


Names in Society. A linguistic and prosopographic approach

January 26, 2012/ A 703/ 6 p.m.

As in the Summer Term 2011, the Zukunftskolleg would like to distinguish two Senior Fellows Prof. Dr. Sabine von Heusinger (University of Cologne) und Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger (University of Stuttgart) who contributed massively to the interdisciplinary environment of the excellent researchers of the University of Konstanz.

In their common lecture (in English) they will deal with the meaning and function of the names from a linguistic and historical point...


Senior Fellows Dimitri Ginev, Christoph Fehige, and David Leep at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg is happy to greet Senior Fellows Christoph Fehige (University of Saarbrücken) and Dimitri Ginev (University of Sofia) who both arrived at the University of Konstanz on 09.01.2012. Christoph Fehige (nominated by Atilla Tanyi) deals with the topics of Practical Philosophy and his current project at the University of Konstanz is titled "Peace and Tolerance in Consequentialist Ethics". The focus of Dimitri Ginev (nominated by Jeff Kochan) is on Hermeneutics. His...


Jörg Hartig receives the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities Award for Chemistry

Chemist and Zukunftskolleg Alumnus Jörg Hartig receives a Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities Award for Chemistry for “his innovative and trend-setting works in area of Chemical Biology of nucleic acids”.

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities awards its research prizes “for outstanding scientific works published by young researchers in international magazines”. This award was donated by the Dyneon GmbH and by the Chemical Industry Fund.

Further information is available in...