International Workshop of the MECS Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation and the Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CCP | CGSC) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany.

Date: 30-31.03.2017

Concept & organisation: Gabriele Gramelsberger, Martin Mahony, Isabell Schrickel

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

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Conference venue:

Leuphana Campus, Scharnhorststr. 1, 21335 Lüneburg, Lecture Hall HS 5

Detailed program available here.


Date: 2 – 3.12.2016, Venue: Europäische Akademie, Berlin Grunewald

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



Date: 17-18.11.2016, Venue: European Commission Joint Research Center, Ispra Italy

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.



By Manfred Laubichler and the CCP (Complexity or Control?) team.

June 22, 2016, 6pm, Leuphana Campus, Lecture Hall 4

Followed by an inauguration of the “Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural
Transformation” (CGSC) offices and a presentation of CGSC activities

Prof. Manfred D. Laubichler is Adjunct Professor at Leuphana, President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University and a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His research interests include the theory of complex adaptive
systems, innovations in biology, society and technology and the conceptual and historical foundations of science. Laubichler will discuss sustainability from a history of science perspective, particularly with regard to computational methods and their application in the project “Complexity or Control? Paradigms for Sustainable Development” (CCP).

During the lecture, you have a chance to meet the team of CCP and learn about their goals and first insights. Sponsored by Volkswagen Stiftung and a joint effort between the Center for Methods, the Faculty of Sustainability, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Arizona State University, the project aims to consolidate epistemological and methodological foundations of transdisciplinary sustainability science. Through computational methods of history of science, the CCP team analyzes the interwoven stories of cybernetics, complexity theories and sustainability. CCP is part of the CGSC.

Contact: Prof. Ulli Vilsmaier, Jeremias Herberg:


For the festive opening of CGSC offices, the CCP team presents their activities in building 11, ground floor, at 7.30pm.

The Joint Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC) further advances the longstanding collaboration between Leuphana and Arizona State. CGSC aims to build additional capacity at Leuphana to bridge the divide between (1) modeling and understanding of complex sustainability problems, (2) and developing and evaluating contextualized solution efforts. As an agenda for a future cluster of excellence, CGSC supports interdisciplinary collaboration across the two approaches and academic communities while building on disciplinary excellence.

Contact: Prof. Daniel Lang, Ina Dubberke:

Sustainability Lecture and inauguration of CGSC-offices



Tuesday, June 7 2016, Leuphana Campus, Lecture Hall 1
Central European Time: 4 – 8 pm, Eastern Time: 10 am – 14 pm, Pacific Time: 7 – 11 am (Please note the start has been postponed by an hour and the above times are the updated and correct times)

Since the 1960s California’s Counterculturalists considered both computers and education as tools for change. They lamented how computers are “used to control people instead of to free them” and created educational and technological visions “to change all that” (Peoples Computer Company 1972). They came up with community memories, personal computers and virtual communities. Computer technologies, by being modeled after educational aspirations, became personal and social.

At the Oral History Workshop, some of the Californian Counterculturalists most involved in the history of computers meet young media theorists and scholars in Science and Technology Studies to revise a techno-determinist genealogy of computers and education. Together they reflect the limits and benefits of reviving alternative computer pedagogies within our digital cultures. As contemporary witnesses we invited Lee Felsenstein, Liza Loop and Howard Rheingold. As scholars, Clemens Apprich (DCRL), Paula Bialski (DCRL), Jérémy Grosman (Université de Namur), Christina Vagt (HU Berlin) and Jeremias Herberg (CCP) will provide historical contexts, or act as respondents in dialogue with the contemporary witnesses.

The event is relevant for everybody interested in countercultural movements, computer technology, computer education, computers and communities, or the broader history of neoliberalism. These arguably are the major connecting lines between sustainability and cybernetics. They thus represent excellent starting points for the reflexive approaches to sustainability that the CCP-team wants to instigate!

The workshop is a collaboration of CCP and the Virtual Museum on the History of Computers in Learning and Education, hosted by LO*OP Center. The latter organization brought computers in schools as early as 1975, years before the first marketable Personal Computers.

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4.00 pm [7.00am Pacific Time] Welcome by Jeremias Herberg

4.15 pm [7.00 am Pacific Time] Jeremias Herberg, Leuphana: IT Became Personal

— Montessori Logics in 1970s Computer Hobby Groups (in person from Germany)

BREAK: 4.45 – 5pm [7.45 – 8.00am Pacific Time]

5 pm [8 am Pacific Time] Lee Felsenstein, Fonly Institute, Palo Alto, CA:

Community Memory, Free Speech and Computing (formal title to be added, online

from USA)

Respondent: Jérémy Grosman, Université de Namur

6pm [9am Pacific Time] Liza Loop, LO*OP Center, Guerneville, CA: Distance,

Synchronicity, Control: Exploring Designs for Teaching About and Through

Computers (in person from Germany)

Respondent: Paula Bialski, Leuphana Digital Cultures Research Lab

BREAK: 7.00 – 7.15 pm [10.00 – 10.15am Pacific Time]

7.15 pm [10.15am Pacific Time] Howard Rheingold, Marin County, CA:

Counterculture + Social Media = Edupunk Pedagogy (online from USA)

Respondent: Clemens Apprich, Leuphana Digital Cultures Research Lab


Oral History Workshop