Interview about social insects

In an interview Prof. Niels Werber (University of Siegen, Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study Konstanz, Center of Exzellence "Cultural Foundations of Integration") and Prof. Giovanni Galizia (University of Konstanz, Director of the Zukunftskolleg) swapped subject-specific ideas on social insects. For Niels Werber the research is of sociological and literary intrest and he works to find out to what extent one can consider the social structure of ants as a model which can applied to…

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Study about the influence of violence during the pregnancy on the fetal stress hormone receptors

A research, carried out at the University of Konstanz by two working groups, the Psychologist's group led by Prof. Thomas Elbert and the Evolutionary Biology group led by Prof. Axel Meyer, suggested that a strong emotional stress during the pregnancy alters the fetal stress hormone receptors. Dr. Helen Gunter, a co-author of the recently published article "Transgenerational impact of intimate partner violence on methylation in the promoter of the glucocorticoid receptor", is a fellow of the…

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Senior Fellow Jean-Pierre Tignol again at the Zukunftskolleg

Jean-Pierre Tignol, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), will come to the University of Konstanz again on 3rd August . The mathematician has allready been at the Zukunftskolleg as a Senior Fellow  in April 2010 and from September 2010 to January 2011. We are looking forward to his further stay until the end of January 2012 and welcome him again at the Zukunftskolleg. Further information about our Senior Fellow are available  here.

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Workshop "Dimensions of Grammar"

On August 2 - 3 the Department of Lincuistics at the University of Konstanz will host the International Workshop 'Dimensions of Grammar' in honor of Paul Kiparsky, who is Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University and is spending the summer Semester 2011 in Konstanz as a Senior Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg. The local organizers are Miriam Butt and Chiara Gianollo, with the support: of the Zukunftskolleg, which is co-funding the event; of…

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Substitute of an "Assistenzprofessur" at the University of Bern

In the winter term Dr. Wolfgang Freitag, fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and "Privatdozent" at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz, will substitute an "Assistenzprofessur" at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He will work for the Institute of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities from 01.08.2011 to 31.01.2012.

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Round-table-discussion with Giovanni Galizia

Giovanni Galizia took part in a round-table-discussion about "Academic Staff Development: Discussion about alternatives", organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin on June 23th 2011 and as part of an daily conference about "Career without an end?! Employment for young academics".

Please have a look at a live-stream of the event (in German). The round-table-discussion you can find under the heading "Politische Schlussrunde" .

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Zukunftskolleg Lecture SS 2011

The Zukunftskolleg honors for the first time one of the Senior Fellow with the Zukunftskolleg Lecture. Prof. Dr. Bernard D. Frischer will held a lecture on July the 15th at 6.00 p. m. in the lecture hall A 704.

"The Art of Science, the Science of Art - The Position of the New Discipline of Digital Archaeology in the Academy"

After the lecture there will be a get-together. If required there will be a professional child care for which the Zukunftskolleg repays the cost. If you are interested in…

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Lecture of Prof. Dr. Sandeep Verma

Prof. Dr. Sandeep Verma, Senior Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg (May-July 2011), gives a talk titeled "Hirarchical Peptide Superstructures" within the Kolloquium KoRS-Cb of the Graduated School Chemical Biology.

15.06.2011, beginning: 17:15, room: L 602

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New release by Nathan Weisz in "Frontiers in Perception Science"

Another article is published in the Journal "Frontiers in Perception Science" by Nathan Weisz, who is fellow of the Zukunftskolleg and Emmy-Noehter Groupleader in the Department of Psychology at the University of Konstanz.

Nathan Weisz, Thomas Hartmann, Nadia Müller, Isabel Lorenz and Jonas Obleser:

"Alpha Rhythms in Audition: Cognitive and Clinical Perspectives"

Here you can finde an abstract of this article.

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Study "Raum - Expedition: Konsanz"

Anna Lipphardt, former researcher in cultural sciences at the Univerity of Konstanz and alumna of the Zukunftskolleg, and her colleague Eva-Chritiana Edinger, researcher in sociology, as well as 14 students of the master programs “Soziologie” and “Kulturelle Grundlagen Europas” published a study about “Raum – Expedition: Konstanz”, which tries to answer the question “To whom belongs the space?” and analyses conflicts. From an article in the Südkurier dated 3th May 2011 you can find out that the…

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Workshop "The Nature of Possibility"

The fellow of the Zukunftskolleg Wolfgang Freitag organizes a workshop titeled "The Nature of Possibility" for the Department of Philosophy of the University of Konstanz . The first talk "Lewis - He Himself! - On the Analysis of Modality" will be given by John Divers (Univesity of Leeds) on Thursday 26th May at (room G 307). Also there will be talks by members of the Department of Philosophy on various topics surrounding possibility and necessity (room C 358) on Friday 27th May, from…

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Election of the Executive Committee

At 14th of April 2011 the first Jour Fixe of the summer term 2011 took place at which four new executive committee members had to be elected. The thirteen nominated Fellows held a short statement over their candidacy before finally Samuel Schindler, Ulrich Sieberer, Thomas Voigtmann and Dominik Wöll were elected. Afterwards the new Executive Committee met for the first time. Congratulations to the newly elected members and good luck!

The Fellows in the Executive Committee (fltr): Thomas Voigtmann, Ulrich Sieberer, Helen Gunter, Samuel Schindler, Dominik Wöll
The Fellows in the Executive Committee (fltr):

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University Day of Hegau-Bodensee-Seminar

The Zukunftskolleg will host the annual University Day of the Hegau-Bodensee-Seminar on 25 February 2011. The Hegau-Bodensee-Seminar has been promoting particularly interested lower secondary (Sec I) through to upper secondary (Sec II) school pupils and students enrolled at general grammar schools in the administrative district of Konstanz. Besides working groups and presentations, a University Day is held once a year. Sixty pupils are expected to attend this year with whom Anne Hauswald,…

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"A Rising Star"

A portrait of Franz Huber in issue 3/2010 on page 13 in "german research", the Magazine of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.  More...

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Error as impetus? A somewhat different history of science (as part of the lecture series "Science in Question"

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Prof. Ulrich Wegenroth (Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte)

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Prof. Bernhard Kleeberg (Professur für die Geschichte der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Konstanz)

Hindernis, Reibung, Irrtümer zwischen Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften



Prof. Dr. David Gugerli (Technikgeschichte, ETH Zürich)


19. Januar 2011, 18 Uhr

Universität Konstanz, R 513



Im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe…

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New release by Jure Demsar in „Nature“ online edition of November 24, 2010

M. Eichberger, H. Schäfer, M. Krumova, M. Beyer, J. Demsar, H. Berger, G. Moriena, G. Sciaini, R.J.D. Miller "Snapshots of cooperative atomic motions in the optical suppression of Charge Density Waves", Nature, published online DOI: 10.1038/nature09539.

Jure Demsar is Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg and Group leader in the Department of Phyisics at the University of Konstanz, funded by Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from Alexander von Humboldt foundation. For more information please visit:


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Science and Reality

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirsch (Konstanz/Exzellenzcluster)

Are spirits real? Notes on the anthropology of spirits possession

It is a major paradigm in anthropology that ethnographers should seek to understand what has been called "the native"s point of view" ­ regardless whether "the native" is an African peasant or a Swiss banker. But how should anthropologists relate to the claim voiced by religious practitioners in many parts of the world that understanding their life-worlds presupposes the…

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Karl-Winnacker Scholarship

Juniorprofessor Dr. Jörg Hartig is awarded the Karl-Winnacker Scholarship for excellent junior researchers. The scholarship endows EUR 37,500 Euro. Additionally Jörg Hartig receives EUR 35,000 Euro for consumables or for a PhD position. ... More

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Winners of the Mentorship grants of the Zukunftskolleg 02/2010

The Zukunftskolleg advertised mentorship grants of up to EUR 4,500 for the second time this year on September 11, 2008. Congratulations to all successful applicants:

  • Dr. Federica Basaglia (Department of Philosophy). Mentor: Prof. Dr. Bernd Ludwig (Universität Göttingen)
  • Dr. Attila Tanyi (Department of Philosophy). Mentor: Prof. Dr. Christoph Fehige (Universität des Saarlandes)
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