"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"

Vortragende: <link http: www.lrz.de>

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

Fruchtbarer Irrtum<link http: www.exc16.de cms>

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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New Release by David Ganz

David Ganz / Felix Thürlemann (Hg.), Das Bild im Plural. Mehrteilige Bildformen zwischen Mittelalter und Gegenwart, Berlin: Dietrich Reimer 2010.
More information: http://www.reimer-mann-verlag.de/controller.php?cmd=detail&titelnummer=101426&verlag=4

The anthology and the previous conference were funded by the Cluster of Excellence exc 16 of the University of Konstanz. David Ganz is Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg and presently acting chair for Kunstgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit at the University…

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Klaus Grohe Award for Alexander Titz

On the occasion of the 126th meeting of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (GDNÄ)” on September 17-21, 2010 in Dresden Alexander Titz was awarded with the renowned “Klaus-Grohe-Preis”. This award is bestowed on young up-and-coming scientists for their excellent work in the field of medical chemistry. Alexander Titz is Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg since October 1, 2010.

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New Fellows at the Zukunftskolleg

The Zukunftskolleg welcomes two more up-and-coming researchers as Fellows who had succeeded in the 5th application procedure for Fellowship grants and have started to work in Konstanz.

Philosopher Jeff Kochan will perform his project on “The Role of Emotion in Scientific Decision-Making” at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Department of Philosophy at the University of St. Gallen and a Visiting Researcher at…

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Virtual Jazz Bar on October 7, 2010, BildungsTURM Konstanz

Am Donnerstag, 7. Oktober ab 19 Uhr, findet im Konstanzer BildungsTURM eine medienwissenschaftliche Performance zum Zukunftskonzept der Universität Konstanz statt. Alle Mitglieder der Universität Konstanz sind in der "Virtual Jazz Bar" herzlich willkommen! Mehr

Und ausserdem: Multimediale Installation zum Zukunftskonzept der Universität Konstanz „Wie geht es weiter mit der Exzellenz?“

„grenzenlos denken“ innerhalb wie außerhalb der Universität Konstanz – dazu lädt die multimediale Installation…

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Winners of the Doctoral Fellowships 2010

The Zukunftskolleg's doctoral fellowship programme is geared to students at the University of
Konstanz who are in the third year of their doctoral studies. Outstanding young researchers
from all university departments who are in the final phase of their doctoral thesis and are expected to contribute significantly to the scientific discourse are eligible for funding. The following applicants were granted the Doctoral Fellowship 2010:

  • Julian Bauer (Dept. of History)
  • Khalid Kalim Wasim (Dept. of…
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Appointment for Iris-Tatjana Kolassa

Iris-Tatjana Kolassa accepted an appointment as a W3-Professor for Clinical & Biological Psychology at the Institute for Psychology and Education at the University of Ulm. She is a Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg since its foundation in November 2007 and served also as a member of the Executive Committee.

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New Senior Fellow Yoram Carmeli

Yoram Carmeli is a Professor em. at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel. He has written seminal empirical studies on the circus. Since his dissertation which was based on an ethnographic field study which he carried out as a participant observer and professional clown in a British family circus, Carmeli has contributed comprehensively to the central issues in the field of circus research. Until today this field is characterized by research perspectives…

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Upcoming Philosophy Events in Konstanz

The Department of Philosophy and Zukunftskolleg Fellow Franz Huber are organising the following events at the University of Konstanz:

7th Formal Epistemology Workshop 2010
FEW 2010
University of Konstanz
September 2-4, 2010
program available at:

Actual Causation Conference
University of Konstanz
September 23-24, 2010
program will be available at:

Causation, Coherence, Concepts

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Nicole Rettig wins the Manfred Ulmer Scholarship 2010

Acting on behalf of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft of the University of Konstanz,
the Zukunftskolleg awards the Manfred Ulmer Scholarship to doctoral students every year.
The programme is open to doctoral students of all disciplines and pays 1,000 euros per month
over six months. It enables the scholars to bridge a financial gap between their studies and
their doctoral phase.

This year's winner of the Manfred Ulmer Scholarship is Nicole Rettig.

Nicole Rettig studied German and…

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Welcome to new Fellows

Between May and July 2010 the Zukunftskolleg could welcome three up-and-coming researchers as new Fellows. They all had succeeded in the latest procedure for Fellowship grants.

Eleanor Coghill is a linguist who worked previously within the AHRC-„North Eastern Neo-Aramaic Project“ at the University of Cambridge. Her project at the Department of Linguistics focuses on „The morpho-syntax of Neo-Aramaic dialects in an areal perspective“.

Psychologist Simon Hanslmayr will perform his project on…

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Jorge Heine: “Diplomacy in the 21st century”, June 30, 4:15 p.m

Reinventing the World's Second Oldest Profession: Diplomacy
in the 21st Century

Jorge Heine

Lecture held on Wednesday, June 30, 4:15 p.m., lecture hall A 702

In the 21st century, the ancient craft of diplomacy is undergoing radical changes. Diplomats must now engage a vastly larger number of players in host countries, as the age-old “club model” of diplomacy gives way to a less hierarchical “network model.” Although the environment in which diplomacy is practised has changed drastically,…

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Appointment for Karsten Lambers

Karsten Lambers, Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg and member of the Department of Computer and Information Science was appointed as a Junior Professor (W 1) of Information Processing in Geoarchaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies of the University of Bamberg.

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New Seniors Clementz and McDowell

Professor Brett Clementz and Professor Jennifer McDowell both work at the Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, USA. Zukunftskolleg alumna Johanna Kißler nominated them for a Senior Fellowship. More

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Zukunftskolleg Celebration on 23 June 2010

The Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz will celebrate its move into the new Y2 building on 23 June 2010. You can find the actual programme here. Please note that the fireworks will start at 22:15 h and not at 21:30 h as indicated in the poster.

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Competition and Cooperation amongst Researchers, 12 May 2010

Wednesday, 12. Mai 2010, 13:00-14:30, Y 311

Prof. Melissa S. Anderson (University of Minnesota)
Dr. Diana Schmidt-Pfister (University of Konstanz, EXC16)

The two presenters address the same questions based on their different research projects:
-- How do competition and cooperation manifest themselves in the daily work of researchers?
-- What are their (positive and negative) effects?
-- Is ethical and good research conduct in danger?
-- How have research practices been changing at all?
-- How…

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