Zukunftskolleg Lecturers

On a regular basis, the Zukunftskolleg Lecture honors excellent researchers who are closely related to and associated with the Zukunftskolleg.

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Prof. Jeffrey Alan Barrett

Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science
University of California 

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Jeffrey Alan Barrett is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California at Irvine since 2004. He received his PhD with Distinction in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1992 and has been Assistant and subsequently Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California at Irvine from 1992 to 2004. Prof. Barrett’s interests are in Philosophy of Science and Epistemology and Logic generally, but most of his recent research has been in the Philosophy of Physics, in particular the measurement problem in quantum mechanics. He is author of, among others, "The Quantum Mechanics of Minds and Worlds" (Oxford University Press 1999) as well as of 35 articles, including articles in the two leading journals for Philosophy of Science, "Philosophy of Science" and "The British Journal for Philosophy of Science". From 2000 to 2007 he has been Head of Department, and since 2009 he is Editor in Chief of "Philosophy of Science".

Senior Fellowship Benefits

Prof. Barrett was nominated for the Zukunftskolleg Senior Fellowship by Franz Huber. From December 1, 2011 till July 31, 2012 they worked together on the project titled “Modeling the coevolution of descriptive language and physical theory”. Within the framework of the Fellowship, not only Franz Huber’s research group Formal Epistemology has benefitted from Prof. Barrett’s expertise, but also the Department of Philosophy, in particular the chair of the natural sciences (Wolfgang Spohn), the chair of social sciences (Gottfried Seebaß), the chair of the humanities (Tobias Rosefeldt), and the chair of logic and philosophy of science (Marcel Weber).

During his stay in Konstanz Jeffrey Alan Barrett also took part in the interdisciplinary public lecture series "Philosophy Beyond Borders" organized by the Zukunftskolleg, and in several workshops within the Formal Epistemology research group, where he gave talks on "Pure Wave Mechanics and the Very Idea of Empirical Adequacy", "Entanglement and Disentanglement in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics" and "On the Limits of Physical Computation".

In summer term 2013 he was awarded the Zukunftskolleg Lecture. The prize honors Senior Fellows who are closely related to and associated with the Zukunftskolleg and who fit perfectly into the interdisciplinary spirit.

Prof. Christoph Fehige

De­part­ment of Phil­oso­phy
Saar­land Uni­ver­sity

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Professor Fehige is an expert on consequentialist reasoning in general and on consequentialist ethics, including its history and its systematic foundations, in particular. He is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the Philosophy Department of the Saarland University in Saarbrücken. His research topics include affects and desires, reasons for actions, the foundations of ethics, justice, consequentialism, welfarism, utilitarianism, the logic of preference and deontic logic, etc. His publication "A Pareto Principle for Possible People" is one of the most frequently quoted publications in the large field of population ethics. Fehige has received various awards throughout his career, including the Stegmüller Award and the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award. He has held various visiting positions in prestigious universities on various continents, including the University of Uppsala, the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University, and the Australian National University. Fehige publishes in excellent German publishing houses (dtv, Suhrkamp, Reclam) as well as in excellent international locations such as  “The British Journal for the History of Philosophy” , “The Monist”, “Times Literary Supplement” etc.

Senior Fellowship Benefits

During his stay in Konstanz from January 1, 2012 till October 31, 2012 Christoph Fehige worked together with Atilla Tanyi who nominated him as Senior Fellow. They focused on Atilla Tanyi’s main project “Peace and Tolerance in Consequentialist Ethics”. Christoph Fehige has already acted as a kind of mentor to Attila Tanyi since 2009, first informally and then in the context of the Zukunftskolleg "Mentorship Programme". He has welcomed the junior researcher for visits at his home university, has visited Konstanz, and has introduced him to a large number of helpful contacts in Germany and abroad. Having Fehige around as a source of ideas, as a critical interlocutor, and also as a gateway to some more of the world's foremost researchers in that field was an invaluable help for Attila Tanyi.

Christoph Fehige also interacted with a wide range of thinkers from various disciplines at the University of Konstanz, including economists, historians of ideas, philologists, and psychologists.

In summer term 2012 Christoph Fehige took part in the interdisciplinary public lecture series "Philosophy Beyond Borders", and in winter term 2012/13 he was awarded the Zukunftskolleg Lecture. The prize honors Senior Fellows who are closely related to and associated with the Zukunftskolleg and who fit perfectly into the interdisciplinary spirit.

Prof. Bernard D. Frischer

Department of Classics
University of Virginia

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Bernard D. Frischer is Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia. He is a leading scholar in the application of digital technologies to humanities research and education. Frischer has overseen many significant projects, including virtual recreations of sites such as Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in the year 1122 A.D., Port Royal (Jamaica) in 1692, and the city of Rome in the time of the emperor Constantine the Great. The works of Professor Frischer and his institute have received international acclaim and have been featured on the Discovery Channel, the RAI, German Public Radio, the BBC, in Newsweek, Scientific American, Business Week, Computer Graphics World, Forbes, the New York Times and many other magazines and newspapers around the world. His Rome model was the featured project at SIGGRAPH 2008, held in the Los Angeles Convention Center. In November, 2008, the model was made available at no cost to the millions of subscribers of Google Earth.

Frischer is the author, or co-author, of six printed books, two e-books and many articles on virtual heritage and on the Classical world and its survival. He is also an editor-in-chief of the award-winning Digital Roman Forum website.

From 1996 to 2003 he directed the excavations of Horace's Villa sponsored by the American Academy in Rome, and from 1996 to 2004 he was founding director of the UCLA Cultural Virtual Reality Laboratory. The lab was one of the first in the world to use 3D computer modeling to reconstruct cultural heritage sites.

Senior Fellowship Benefits

Bernard D. Frischer was nominated as Senior Fellow by Karsten Lambers. The Zukunftskolleg and its Fellows, but also students and professors in the university as a whole in disciplines such as Philosophy, Informatics, Computer Science and Literature, have benefitted from the highly innovative and interdisciplinary nature of Professor Frischer´s research, his open-mindedness, as well as his far-reaching network of international contacts.

His research projects have enriched the intellectual community of the Zukunftskolleg by combining perspectives from different disciplines (History, Archaeology, Computer and Information Science, Philology). Using methods of the Natural Sciences, Frischer creates comprehensible models with which central questions from the Humanities can be addressed. Thus, he has been a most valuable asset to the interdisciplinary and transgenerational spirit of the Zukunftskolleg and has had not only a significant impact on the junior researchers’ work, but also on several other departments of the university. Frischer has contributed vividly to the regular interdisciplinary discussions of the Zukunftskolleg and his opinion has been highly valued among all Fellows. He received a great deal of attention with several lectures within the university and beyond. As a member of the executive committee of the Zukunftskolleg, Frischer has taken an active interest in shaping the community. Thus, his nomination as a Senior Fellows has also shown a structural benefit to the university.

Prof. Adelheid Godt

Department of Chemistry
University of Bielefeld

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Adelheid Godt is an organic chemist working in the field of synthesis of molecular rulers for spectroscopy. These molecules have been invaluable in the development of pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques for distance measurements in the nanometer range. Her work in collaboration with Senior Fellow Gunnar Jeschke - they developed rigid molecules with spin labels attached as a ruler for distance measurements in EPR spectroscopy - is considered seminal work in that field. Their joint paper on “Dead‐time free measurement of dipole‐dipole interactions between electron spins” in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance has shaped the world of EPR‐based distance determination and as a result has attracted close to 300 publications in the decade following its publication in 2000 with no sign of slowing down in citation rate.

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There exist many points of contact to Zukunftskolleg research projects, for which reason Adelheid Godt was nominated as Senior Fellow by several Fellows who all benefit from her work: Malte Drescher, Daniel Summerer, Dominik Wöll and Filip Wojciechowski. Within the DFG priority programme SPP 1601 "New frontiers in sensitivity for EPR spectroscopy: from biological cells to nano materials" she collaborates with Malte Drescher to further develop intracellular EPR spectroscopy approaches. Daniel Summerer and his research group are developing artificial aminoacids carrying a spin labeled moiety and will also benefit from Prof. Godt’s expertise. Filip Wojciechowski is synthesizing spin labeled DNA sequences and can directly insert a spin labeled DNA building block which has been developed and is now available in the Godt group. Prof Godt also synthesized molecular rulers with FRET labels attached. Those samples serve as model systems for a systematic study on distance measurements with FRET in Dominik Wöll´s group.

In winter term 2013/14 Adelheid Godt was awarded the Zukunftskolleg Lecture. The prize honors Senior Fellows who are closely related to and associated with the Zukunftskolleg and who fit perfectly into the interdisciplinary spirit.

Prof. Joe Halpern

Dept. of Philosophy / Comp. Science
Cornell University

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Joseph Y. Halpern is an internationally renowned scientist whose research focuses on reasoning about knowledge and uncertainty and its applications to distributed computing, artificial intelligence, and game and decision theory. He is one of the most influential researchers in the field of theoretical artificial intelligence. His inter- and intradisciplinary work covers topics in computer and information science, in economics, in linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. Halpern is author of one of the most significant papers on distributed systems. It is based on the observation that epistemic logic can be used for reasoning about fault-tolerance in distributed systems and artificial intelligence. He has also done influential work on logics of knowledge and belief, logics of uncertainty, foundations of game theory, causality, and security. He is (co-)author of two influential books "Reasoning about Knowledge" and "Reasoning about Uncertainty" (both published by MIT Press, 1995 and 2003).

Halpern received his PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 1981. He has been a visiting professor at a number of universities, such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Toronto, and Stanford University. From 1982 till 1996 he was a research staff member at IBM Almaden Research Center. Since 1996, Halpern has full professor of computer science at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, where ie his currently the chair.

Senior Fellowship Benefits

During his stay at the Zukunftskolleg in June and July 2011 and from June 1 to July 20, 2012,  Joseph Y. Halpern worked with the Formal Epistemology Research Group of Franz Huber who nominated him as Senior Fellow. The cooperation concentrated on topics such as causality, knowledge, awareness, and ambiguity in games and decision problems.

Moreover the Senior Fellow made significant progress on work in ambiguity in games, which resulted in the paper "Ambiguous language and differences in belief", joint with Willemien Kets, that was awarded the Ray Reiter Best Paper Prize at the Thirteenth International Conference on  Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.

During his stay in Konstanz Joseph Y. Halpern gave many talks both in and outside Konstanz, and worked on defining decision rules that seem appropriate for learning in games and decision problems with lack of awareness.

His work was also of great interest to other members of the Departments of Computer and Information Science, of Economics, of Linguistics, and Philosophy. He further worked with Senior Fellow Cleo Condoravdi on the semantics of “before”, and with Carlos Alos-Ferrer from the Department of Economics on imperfect recall in games.

In summer term 2012 he was awarded the Zukunftskolleg Lecture. The prize honors Senior Fellows who are closely related to and associated with the Zukunftskolleg and who fit perfectly into the interdisciplinary spirit.

Ulrich Raulff

Director
German Literature Archive Marbach

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Ulrich Raulff studied philosophy and history. After his PhD, he went to the Goethe Institute Paris. He worked as a journalist for major German newspapers like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung and published several books. Since 2004, Ulrich Raulff is director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach). In 2013, the Federal Republic of Germany honored him with the Federal Cross of Merit for his active and responsible role in the cultural discourse.

Ulrich Raulff was a member of the first Scientific Advisory Board of the Zukunftskolleg after its foundation and as such had a wide impact on its development. In October 2016, Raulff he was honored with the Zukunftskolleg Lecture. More information and a full video of the lecture is available here.

Prof. Ulrich Rüdiger

Department of Physics
University of Konstanz

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How will data storage of the next generation look like? Can single atoms store information? And is there an atomic limit? – Questions that Ulrich Rüdiger, physicist and Rector of the University of Konstanz, addressed in his presentation.

Prof. Valerie Shafer

Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of New York

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Valerie Shafer is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of neurobiology of speech, typical and atypical language development and cross-linguistic speech perception. Her studies have advanced the understanding of the neural basis of speech perception development and its relationship to language disorders. Valerie Shafer’s research concerns e.g. the neurophysiological correlates of speech perception development in monolingual and bilingual children and investigates speech perception and language deficits in children with specific language impairments. The question of how the development of speech perception and language skills are related is important for intervention in language disorders, and for designing second language teaching methods. Another field of her research is the maturation of auditory processing in infants and young children. A better understanding of the typical patterns of cortical maturation is essential to understand developmental language and other developmental disorders. Valerie Shafer received her PhD in Linguistics at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994. From 1995 till 1999 she was Assistant Professor in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University before she switched to the Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. There she became Associate Professor in 2004 and Full Professor in 2009. During her university studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Valerie Shafer received several honors, among others the Cognitive Science Fellowship at the Center of Cognitive Science or the University Presidential Fellowship. Valerie Shafer is Member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the International Association for Study of Child Language and the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. She is author of several book chapters and has been an invited speaker at numerous symposia and conferences.

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Valerie Shafer was nominated twice as Senior Fellow by Tanja Rinker. During her stays at the Zukunftskolleg Valerie Shafer collaborated on two projects. The first project, with Tanja Rinker focuses on the relationship between speech perception and language development in bilingually-exposed preschoolers. The aim of the project is to determine whether obligatory auditory evoked potentials (P1, T-complex) are sensitive to language experience (bilingual experience) or only to language achievement (measured via standardized tests) in four and five year old bilingual children. An additional goal is to gain a better understanding of how a various experiential and social factors shape language acquisition. For this reason, they compared neural responses in bilingual Spanish-English children raised in New York City to bilingual Turkish-German children raised in Germany. Investigations of bilingual children for whom these confounding variables differ help identify their contribution to language acquisition, and thus, help isolate the contribution of amount and quality of experience with a language.

The second project is in collaboration with Tanja Rinker, Anne Gwinner, and Janet Grijzenhout from the Department of Linguistics, and focuses on monolingual versus bilingual speech perception of various phonological shapes that have differential status across languages. The aim is to understand how experience with a first and second language modulates processing of complex prosodic shapes (e.g., Getränke; Geschenke) at the neural level. The various language experiences of the participants allow insight into universal versus language-specific patterns of processing.

Concrete results of Valerie Shafer´s first stay in Konstanz were the preparation of a paper by her and Tanja Rinker focusing on obligatory components of speech processing in bilingual Spanish-English and Turkish-German children. A preliminary analysis was completed of data collected in Tanja Rinker’s lab and in Valerie Shafer’s lab on 4 and 5 year old bilingual children and these results were presented at the Annual Psychophysiology Meeting in Florence, Italy, on October 2-6, 2013.

A second accomplishment was the Workshop “Studies on normal and impaired language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual children and adults”’ (co-organized with Tanja Rinker, Janet Grijzenhout, and Anne Gwinner) on July 12-13 at the University of Konstanz, which was supported by funding through the Zukunftskolleg. This workshop included internationally-recognized researchers on bilingual language acquisition and led to exchanging of ideas and facilitation of future collaborations.

Thirdly, Valerie Shafer established contacts and the above mentioned new collaborations with members of the Department of Linguistics - Anne Gwinner and Janet Grijzenhout - to explore perception and processing of complex syllable types. Carsten Eulitz also had provided input on the project.

Beside these collaborations there are common research interests, e. g. with the Zukunftskolleg Fellows Margarita Stolarova and Sarang Dalal who are active in neurophyiological research.

In summer term 2014 Valerie Shafer was awarded the Zukunftskolleg Lecture. The prize honors Senior Fellows who are closely related to and associated with the Zukunftskolleg and who fit perfectly into the interdisciplinary spirit.

Prof. David Shulman

Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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David Shulman is an Indologist and regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the languages of India. He holds an appointment as Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His research embraces many fields, including the history of religion in South India, Indian poetics, Tamil Islam, Dravidian linguistics, and Carnatic music.

Klaus von Heusinger

Institute for German Language and Literature
University of Cologne

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The Zukunftskolleg experienced a premiere on 12 January 2010. It was able to welcome a Dual Career Couple as Senior Fellows.

Sabine von Heusinger was an historian at the Institute for History, University of Mannheim, before she became Professor and Chairholder for History of the Middle Ages, main focus Late Middle Ages, at the "Historisches Institut für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte" at the University of Köln in the summer term 2011. Recent years have seen Sabine von Heusinger focus her research priority on the guilds in Strasbourg. In a comprehensive monograph, she redefined the guilds with an analysis of more than 4000 guild members, who were found in the sources and have been entered into a database.

Her husband, Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, was Professor and Chair of German and General Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart until 2012 and now is in Köln as well. As winner of the 2009 opus-magnum Award, Klaus von Heusinger is an expert on the foundation of general linguistics and semantics, particularly nominal phrase semantics. In more recent research, he focused on the semantics of proper nouns in their various manifestations.

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They worked together at the Zukunftskolleg on a new joint project studying the constitution of social groups. The interdisciplinary research project aimed to examine the relationship between social structures in an historic context and forms of linguistic expression used for defining social groups.

"The project aims to look for interdisciplinary cooperation in various forms", explained Klaus von Heusinger. Hence, the two alumni of the University of Konstanz not only wanted to collaborate with historians and linguists, but also with sociologists and computer scientists, with literary scholars and philosophers at the University of Konstanz, as well as with researchers from outside. Intensive project interaction was planned with various Fellows from the Zukunftskolleg.

The initiative to nominate the research couple for the Zukunftskolleg Award and the associated Senior Fellowship was taken by Prof. em. Dr. Gerhart von Graevenitz, who headed the Zukunftskolleg as its Director until September 2009. 

Prof. Dr. Sabine von Heusinger

Institute of History
University of Cologne

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The Zukunftskolleg experienced a premiere on 12 January 2010. It was able to welcome a Dual Career Couple as Senior Fellows.

Sabine von Heusinger was an historian at the Institute for History, University of Mannheim, before she became Professor and Chairholder for History of the Middle Ages, main focus Late Middle Ages, at the "Historisches Institut für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte" at the University of Köln in the summer term 2011. Recent years have seen Sabine von Heusinger focus her research priority on the guilds in Strasbourg. In a comprehensive monograph, she redefined the guilds with an analysis of more than 4000 guild members, who were found in the sources and have been entered into a database.

Her husband, Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger, was Professor and Chair of German and General Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart until 2012 and now is in Köln as well. As winner of the 2009 opus-magnum Award, Klaus von Heusinger is an expert on the foundation of general linguistics and semantics, particularly nominal phrase semantics. In more recent research, he focused on the semantics of proper nouns in their various manifestations.

Senior Fellowship Benefits

They worked together at the Zukunftskolleg on a new joint project studying the constitution of social groups. The interdisciplinary research project aimed to examine the relationship between social structures in an historic context and forms of linguistic expression used for defining social groups.

"The project aims to look for interdisciplinary cooperation in various forms", explained Klaus von Heusinger. Hence, the two alumni of the University of Konstanz not only wanted to collaborate with historians and linguists, but also with sociologists and computer scientists, with literary scholars and philosophers at the University of Konstanz, as well as with researchers from outside. Intensive project interaction was planned with various Fellows from the Zukunftskolleg.

The initiative to nominate the research couple for the Zukunftskolleg Award and the associated Senior Fellowship was taken by Prof. em. Dr. Gerhart von Graevenitz, who headed the Zukunftskolleg as its Director until September 2009.