Events

WORKSHOP THINKING THE PROBLEMATIC

June 22-23, 2017

Concept & organization: Erich Hörl, Oliver Leistert & Martin Savransky

The figure of the problematic continues to resurface and to haunt both epistemologies and ontologies. From its inception in French historical epistemology it transverses any distinctive division of thoughts and concepts. Our workshop engages in a two day discussion on the contemporary presence of the figure of the problematic and asks how to accept the obligations its decentering forces offer.

With: Didier Debaise, Thomas Ebke, Craig Lundy, Celia Lury, Patrice Maniglier, Esther Meyer, Dimitris Papadopoulos, Isabell Schrickel, Jean-Baptiste Vuillerod.

Poster here.

THE PARIS AGREEMENT – EINE LESUNG

April, 1 2017

public reading performance of the Paris Agreement with citizens of Lüneburg, venue: Museum Lüneburg

Concept & organization: Esther Meyer, Isabell Schrickel

Guest: Birgit Schneider (Universität Potsdam)

TRAVELLING CODES – CIRCULATION AND ADAPTATION OF MODELS, DATA, AND STANDARDS IN COMPUTER-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

March, 30-31 2017

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.

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

Review by Fabrizio Li Vigni.

SUSTAINABILITY LECTURE:  HOW TO APPROACH THE HISTORY OF SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE?

With Manfred Laubichler and the CCP team.

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

Followed by the 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.

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

ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP – HOW EDUCATION MADE COMPUTERS PERSONAL

June 7, 2016, Leuphana Campus, Lecture Hall 1

Concept & organization: Jeremias Herberg

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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