Isabell Schrickel in Berlin for 25th Berlin Colloquium on Contemporary History

Berlin: Europäische Akademie Berlin
December, 2nd – 3rd 2016

Isabell Schrickel has been invited to contribute to the 25th Berlin Colloquium on Contemporary History at the European Academy. This years topic is the circulation of knowledge across the East-West divide during the Cold War.

Fictions and Policy – A Year Without a Winter, European Commission JRC

Ispra, Italy: European Commission Joint Research Center
November 17th – 18th 2016

„Two centuries ago the world endured a Year without a Summer. Today we face the fearsome prospect of A Year Without a Winter. The project for A Year Without a Winter conceives the years 2016-2018 as a period of incubation and reflection in which to think, to manifest imaginatively, and to respond to emerging environmental crises by bringing together artists, humanists, scientists, engineers and policy makers to respond creatively and practically to future scenarios. While the privilege of mobility has made the opportunity to spend a year away from winter climes a desirable luxury, we want to confront the differential implications of a global destabilization of the climate system. In the face of a future in which this luxury may become a nightmare of global climatic disregulation, we invite artists and scholars to consider how humans and other species become acclimated to their environments and how, in turn, they alter their physical surroundings, cultural habits, and forms of social organization in order to survive under unfamiliar or inhospitable conditions. A Year Without a Winter asks: what stories and visions can we create for the 21st century and beyond?“ (Source: A Year Without a Winter)

The workshop at the EC Joint Research Center interrogates new narratives of climate and climate change that are emerging in the context of the arts and transdisciplinary scholarship and considers how creative interventions can unlock new ways of thinking about our relationship to the environment and our political agency within it.

For more information see here.


Talk by Gregor Schmieg at Workshop in Potsdam

Germany: University of Potsdam, workshop: Menschliches Leben und Handeln in Philosophischer Anthropologie und Neuer Ontologie
November, 10th – 11th 2016

The workshop addressed the relation of the biology-based philosophy of nature to anthropological and ethical disciplines. The possibility of this relation was discussed in very explicit systematic structures in the works of Max Scheler, Helmuth Plessner, and Nicolai Hartmann. For CCP’s investigation of science and society interfaces the theoretical notions of systematic levels/spheres/scales interrelating ontological, epistemological, and ethical aspects of science in general are of high relevance.

Talk at the University of Jena -Esther Meyer presented at the interdisciplinary PhD symposium

Jena: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität
Doktorandensymposiums: Nachhaltigkeit im interdisziplinären Diskurs – Theorien, Modelle und Praktiken
October 12th – 13th 2016 

Esther Meyer was giving a talk at the interdisciplinary PhD symposium, initiated by Linn Burchert, History of Arts, and Martin Kalthaus, Microeconomics.

Esther was presenting her PhD project and initiated a fruitful interdisciplinary methodical discussion on her ‚Big Data‘ approach towards analyzing transdisciplinary Sustainability Science and Economics. For a Sustainability Scientists a PhD symposium that is making  interdisciplinarity of sustainability a subject of discussion constitutes a productive space for research, learning and discussion.

You can find the „Tagungsbericht“ (meeting report) here.

Talk at 38. German Sociology Conference, Bamberg

Germany, University Bamberg, German Sociology Conference
September 2016

Jeremias, Esther and Gregor have presented the team paper comparing the 2015 Encyclical Letter, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement at the meeting of the German Sociological Association, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie.
They were invited by Anna Henkel, Henning Laux and Markus Schroer to participate in the panel called „Die Erde, der Mensch und das Soziale: Zur Transformation Gesellschaftlicher Naturverhältnisse im Anthropozän“.

The paper elaborates a scaled relationship in which two faces of the current sustainability debate are mutually dependent: the affirmative idea of a global community, individual participation and collective responsibility on the one hand goes hand in hand with the strengthening of national states and with the installation of a global accounting apparatus.

HKW Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue

Berlin: Haus der Kulturen
April, 13th – 23rd 2016

At ‚Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin‘  the 2nd Anthropocene Aampus: The Technosphere Issue 2016 took place.

Nearly the whole CCP team contributed to several of the seminars. From a perspective of transdisciplinary research, teaching and learning practices, the HKW anthropocene campus: the technosphere issue 2016 offered epistemological and methodological approaches as well as experimental seminar formats as impulses to further work with towards a more heterogeneous research and learning landscape in academic institutions.

Alongside inspiring seminar formats critical voices could be heard according to e.g. the technospheric self-image towards an omni-present visibility and presence, that does count for the visitors of the campus, that (re)produce the technosphere but definitively not for most of the worlds human and other entities’ populations – either for not being interested in the sphere or the sphere is not interested in them. Another point of critique was the missing discussion on ‘rules of engagement’, such as room, food as well as modes of expression. The anthropocene campus could put more effort in enganging in transdisciplinary methods of mutual learning and listening as well as of working with differences and decolonizing epistemic orders for not historicizing and critizicing hegemonic modes of knowledge production in a hegemonic way.

Td_Escuela de Verano: International Summer School on Transdisciplinary Research for the first time in South-America, Uruguay, Montevideo

Montevideo, 11.03.2016: The Espacio Interdisciplinario, Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Montevideo, Uruguay together with the Center of Methods, Leuphana University Lüneburg were invited to the Td_Escuela de Verano – Transdisciplinary Research at the Science | Society Interface.

Date: 3 to 11 March 2016. 28 participants from several South-American countries explored– together with the organizers Ulli Vilsmaier, Esther Meyer (both Leuphana University of Lüneburg) and Binca Vienni (Espacio Interdisciplinario, UdelaR) – transdisciplinary research from an intercultural perspective and exchanged on their working fields.

Learning by one’s own field of work                                                                                                                    

During five days in the Td Training Module theoretical and methodological foundations as well as methods for transdisciplinary research were introduced. Furthermore, transdisciplinary case study designs were developed that addressed topics of the professional practice of the participants. Thus, participants were able to gain a theoretical understanding by lessons and practical experiences through working in inter- and transdisciplinary teams. Results of the case study designs were presented in an open plenary session at UdelaR on the last day.

First Td Summer School in Spanish

At Leuphana University Lueneburg the English-speaking international Td Summer School takes place every year since 2012. The Summer School in Montevideo was a successful start for ‘travelling’ with the Spanish-speaking Td_Escuela de Verano format to several South-American countries. The Td_Escuela de Verano 2017 will be held in Chile. For the organizers, the intercultural perspectives on transdisciplinarity generated valuable insights for analyzing discourses, political and economic contexts in which transdisciplinary research takes place and thus will contribute to a base on which to explore and develop alternative transformative politics and transdisciplinary methodologies.



The Annual Conference of the German IPCC coordination in Nauen, Germany

Nauen, Germany
January 29th – March 1st, 2016

We took the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference of the German IPCC coordination unit in Nauen (near Berlin), „experiencing the science-policy interface“ – as mentioned in the opening statement. It was interesting to follow the discussion after the successful COP21 in Paris last december and to digest the consequences for science policies: what kind of science and knowledges do we need to implement the ambitious goals? What is now the role of the natural sciences when it’s actually about transition? What are the pitfalls and challenges? How do we look at the 1,5°C target from a natural or a social science perspective? What about the humanities? Exciting questions – also for CCP.

Seminar in Montevideo: Inter- and Transdisciplinarity in Action

Espacio Interdisciplinario, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
March 3rd – 4th, 2016

More than 60 participants, coming from diverse backgrounds of social psychology, sociology, natural science etc. attended the seminar, presented by Ulli Vilsmaier and Bianca Vienni at the Espacio Interdisciplinario of the Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay.
The seminar aimed at

  • Groups or projects that are still in a preliminary stage of interdisciplinary research. This workshop offers an opportunity to reflect on its framework of research, its plan and proposed methodologies.
  • Selecting knowledge of the methodologies and methods of inter- and transdisciplinary research (for example, Case-based Mutual Learning Sessions; Methods for Boundary Work; Interface Design).
  • Exchange, reflection and critical discussion of different views, visions and understandings of inter- and transdisciplinarity in Europe and Uruguay, South-American context.

In this context Ulli Vilsmaier and Esther Meyer presented cases of transdisciplinary Sustainability Science as one strand and perspective of transdisciplinarity taught at Leuphana University Lüneburg and critically explored in the CCP project.
Presenting these concrete methodologies of the German/ European context stimulated enormously fruitful discussions and immediate reactions, that came to happen during the presentations, in several workshop-formats and interviews during the breaks, rising questions and concerns, such as the danger of the adaption of theories and practices of liberation in hegemonic development discourses.
These insights affirm hypotheses for further discourse analytical research in CCP.

The seminar promises further valuable insights from the exchange during the week-long transdisciplinary Summer School in Montevideo, organized by the Espacio Interdisciplinario and the Center for Methods, Leuphana, starting at March, 6th, attended by participants from several South-American countries.

Attendance in Potsdam: Helmuth Plessner Gesellschaft

Potsdam – Helmuth Plessner Gesellschaft
February 11th – 13th 2016

Mensch und Gesellschaft zwischen Natur und Geschichte: Zum Verhältnis von Philosophischer Anthropologie und Kritischer Theorie

In the historical perspective of the conference sustainable development can be said to imply certain anthropological notions of the conditio humana in combination with a critical approach to the development of society. Thereby the intellectual traditions of the 20th century as addressed during the conference are transferred in to a preeminent discourse of the 21st century on sustainable change in relation to History and Nature, one of the main concerns of CCP and a matter of reformative intellectual endeavor.