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…

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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)…

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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".


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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!

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„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 ArbeiterKind.de-Gruppe 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…

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"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…

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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…

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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…

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Workshop with Jeffrey A. Barrett

On Monday December 12th, 2011, Jeffrey A. Barrett will chair a first workshop taking place 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room V 1001. Following topics are intended:

15:00-16:00: Jeff Barrettt (UC Irvine/Senior Fellow): Pure Wave Mechanics and the Very Idea of Empirical Adequacy

16:15-17:15: Mathias Frisch (Maryland/Munich): Incantations of Causation and Other Philosophical Sins

17:30-18:30: Carl Hoefer (Barcelona): A Humean Looks at Quantum Probability

18:45-19:45: Charlotte Werndl (London School of…

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Senior Fellow Jeffrey A. Barrett at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg welcomes Prof. Jeffrey Alan Barrett who arrived in Konstanz today. He will stay as Senior Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg until July 31st, 2012. Jeffrey A. Barrett comes from the University of California in Irvine (USA) where he is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the School of Social Sciences. He was nominated by the Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg Franz Huber. During his stay he will work on the project „Modeling the coevolution of descriptive language and physical…

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A complete success: First “Geistes Slam” in Konstanz. Ancient historian Henning Börm wins

The nation-wide premiere of a “Geistes Slam” inspired about 200 visitors at the University of Konstanz. The auditorium was bursting at the seams on Saturday, November 19th, 2011 as five brave young researchers from the Faculty of Humanities and from the Zukunftskolleg introduced themselves to the audience. With maximum eight-minutes long talk, the protagonists showed Immanuel Kant’s understanding of human’s freedom not only as the one of a spatula (Philosopher Federica Basaglia) and also how a…

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Nathan Weisz receives ERC Starting Grant

Nathan Weisz, Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg and Emmy-Noether group leader in area of Clinical Psychology of the University of Konstanz, receives European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for his research project "Brain-state dependent perception: finding the windows to consciousness“. This implies maximum funding of € 1.5 million for his research of conscious perception. The young scientist’s assumption is that conscious and unconscious perception in the brain differs by activation pattern…

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Acting on behalf of the Foundation Science and Society at the University of Konstanz the Zukunftskolleg annually awards the Manfred-Ulmer Scholarship to doctoral students. This year’s awardee - Friedrich Cain - is cultural scientist and prospective PhD student of the University of Konstanz. In his Master thesis he examines methods of knowledge creation and day-to-day research works in NS-occupied underground Krakow. Friedrich Cain is associated fellow of the Zukunftskolleg since October 2011.…

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“Earthquake Night” of the "Fernbeziehung" Exhibition

“Earthquake Night” is an event which will take place on November 16th, 2011 from 18.00 to 22.00 in the main building of Sparkasse Bodensee within the framework of the exhibition “Fernbeziehung”. This night is dedicated to the memory of the earthquake which happened on November 16th 1911 in Konstanz. The event “Die Nacht, in der die Engel fielen. Ein Konstanzer Erdbeben” offers its visitors a multifaceted lecture program consisting not only of local and media historical but also scientific…

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New release in renowed Journal „The Journal of Neuroscience“

Simon Hanslmayr, Research Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg, published an article concerning successful memory formation in the renowed journal “The Journal of Neuroscience”. Using simultaneous EEG–fMRI recordings in humans during long-term memory encoding it was possible to demonstrate which neuronal synchronisation  pattern underlie the formation of new memory effects. The complete article “The Relationship between Brain Oscillations and BOLD Signal during Memory Formation: A Combined EEG–fMRI…

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