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.

Where are we growing? Workshop about the future of sustainability science

Friday, August 5, 2016, 9am – 5pm,

HU Berlin, Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum (Auditorium)
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1/3, 10117 Berlin

Together with other young scholars from German Universities (Katharine N. Farrell from HU Berlin; Jan Hermann and Niels Noack from Cologne University; and Theresa Schwenke from ZMT Bremen) Jeremias Herberg is organizing a one-day workshop discussing the future of sustainability science. How does one establish a discerning scientific discourse about sustainability, in which not only privileged participants and perspectives are able to contribute effectively?

RSVP: Admission is free, but spots are limited. You can register at


09:00-10:00 hrs   Aspirations and Motivations of the Organizers

10:00-12:00 hrs    The Where: on the Ontology(ies) of Sustainability Science

12:00-14:00 hrs    Lunch, Brown Bag along the Spree

14:00-16:00 hrs    The Growing: on the Methodology(ies) of Sustainability Science

16:00-17:00 hrs    The Succession: on Challenges and Chances for Building a Career in                                               Sustainability Science


PDF: Where are we going?

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.

Talk at 12. NGU Conference: Wissenschaftliche Praxis und Ökopolitischer Aktivismus

Germany: Zeppelin University
October, 22nd – 23rd 2015

EnergyCultures, a Zeppelin University based research group of young academics, together with the junior group of environmental sociologists of the DGS, organized the conference „Wissenschaftliche Praxis und (öko-)politischer Aktivismus. Neue Perspektiven für die Umweltsoziologie“ at which different views on the relations of scholarly practices and eco-political activism were discussed.

For more information (in German) see here.

In Esthers talk, she reflected critically on criteria of transdisciplinary Sustainability Science and what constitutes Scientific Research in transdisciplinary Sustainability Science as well as methodological challenges deriving for her own research on Sustainability Science.

The conference program (German) can be found here.