CfA: KWI International Fellowships and Thyssen@KWI Fellowship April 2023
KWI INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP Fellowships for the duration of 6 months from 1 April until 30 September 2023: The KWI fellowship program addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD plus up to six years of post-doctoral experience. The fellowships can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda. The KWI International Fellowship Program addresses international researchers. Researchers of German nationality are eligible to apply if currently employed at an international institute.
THYSSEN@KWI FELLOWSHIP Fellowship for the duration of 6 months from 1 April until 30 September 2023: The Thyssen@KWI Fellowship addresses excellent researchers from the humanities, cultural studies, and the social sciences. It is most generously funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. International researchers are invited to apply as well as scholars of German nationality if they provide excellent international contacts and work experience. We are inviting research fellows with a completed PhD and several years of post-doctoral research expertise. The fellowship can be offered to applicants in all disciplines represented in the current KWI research agenda.
During the last semesters, colleagues from our neighbouring universities and international networks were part of our "Carte Blanche" series. This semester, we would like some of our KWI colleagues to take over: Hanna Engelmeier and Stefan Höhne will give insights into their ongoing research: Martina Franzen will present her postdoc project that is part of the "Rhine Ruhr Center for Science Communication Research."
"Wenn mehr Wissenschaftskommunikation die Lösung ist, was ist das Problem?" 28 June, 18:00 (CET), KWI & ZOOM
Speaker: Martina Franzen (KWI) Moderator: Hanna Engelmeier (KWI)
Opening Event: Rhine Ruhr Center for Science Communication Research
On June 2 2022, the new Rhine Ruhr Center for Science Communication Research (RRC) – a joint project of TU Dortmund University, KWI, University of Bonn and Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences – celebrated its opening in the Erich Brost House at TU Dortmund University. Guests from the participating universities as well as experts and interested parties from journalism and communication institutions accepted the invitation of the research center, which is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
Nowadays, debates on visual culture are so omnipresent that serious theoretical considerations of this term are necessary. If large parts of our communication are dependent on images, we need to learn how to “read” them, meaning that education – on any level – should not be solely text-based. Visual literacy seeks to provide answers to – among others – the following questions: how do images act and function? How do images reflect on and discuss specific issues? And how does commissioned work rely on distinct rhetorical strategies and which effects do these impart? A focus on visual literacy and interdisplinary work, which is inherent in Bildwissenschaft (image studies), is helpful when addressing these questions. As an interdisciplinary institution that connects the universities of the UAR as well as artistic institutions and museums, KWI is in an ideal position to organize and actively shape this discourse.
Photo credit: Bart van Kersavond, The wrinkles of the city, Berlin April 2013; artwork by JR.
CONFERENCE 23–24 June
Photography and its Institutions: Networks, Collections, Archives, Museums
In the context of the current debate surrounding the foundation and possible functions of a Federal Institute of Photography, the conference is dedicated to the historical, political, sociological, aesthetic and photo-historical discourses on the institutionalisation of photography as a medium, a cultural and social practice, as well as an art form, document and technology. The forms and formats, as well as the traditions and practices, of the classification, collection, exhibition, conservation, archiving and sale of photographic images will be examined from various cultural-critical perspectives and taking into account diverse methodological approaches, both theoretical and practical. For more information, see also the lists of abstracts and the program.
Academic writing poses continuous challenges, not least to PhD students in a pandemic situation. To provide PhD students with hands-on input on writing strategies and opportunities to discuss all things related to PhD life, we will continue our KWI writing workshop series. From 29 September to 2 October 2022, we invite doctoral students from the humanities and social sciences who are at advanced stages of their projects. Application Deadline: 9 September 2022
ColloKWIum The ColloKWIum provides a platform to present and discuss ongoing as well as emerging research projects. In addition to addressing projects within KWI – including the work of our new fellows – it is open to guest lectures that tie in with the institute’s research agenda. This semester’s rich programme ends on 13 July 2022.
CineScience "Architektur + Film": "A psychotic would have a ball here" – Modernismus und Brutalismus als Wohnwelten im Film 14 June, 20:00 (CET), Filmstudio Glückauf Speakers: Christin Ruppio (Lehmbruck Museum) & Maik Ronz (TU Dortmund)
Ein Abend mit Achill: Buchvorstellung und Gespräch mit dem Altphilologen Jonas Grethlein über sein Buch "Mein Jahr mit Achill" (Beck, 2022) 1 July, 19:30 (CET), KWI Speaker: Jonas Grethlein, (Heidelberg University & author) Moderator: Eva von Contzen (University of Freiburg)
On 31 May 2022, we bid farewell to our esteemed colleague Friedrich Jaeger, who will retire after having worked at KWI since 1998. During this time, he was responsible for a large number of publications and projects. To mark his farewell, KWI organized a round table on new developments in the humanities. We wish Friedrich Jaeger all the best for the new phase of his life; we will miss his expertise, collegiality and friendly manner!
As part of the KWI Teaching Lab, two seminars on "Dwelling" take place this summer at KWI: a cooperation with UDE (by Britta Acksel and Eva Weiler) and a cooperation between Freiburg University and KWI (by Julika Griem and Tobias Schlechtriemen). Such bi-lateral seminars with different partners from German institutions will continue in the following semesters.
Journal of Literary Theory: Special Issue "Artistic Collaborations: The Practice and Aesthetics of Working Together," edited by Ines Barner, Anja Schürmann and Kathrin Yacavone Following two workshops that took place at KWI in 2020 and 2021, this issue systematically investigates concepts like cooperation, collaboration, collectivity, participation and co-creation. The contributions trace modes of artistic and creative cooperation in theatre, opera, film, architecture and art. Published open-access.
Henricks, Kasey and Ruben Ortiz. 2022. "The Irrelevance of Innocence: Ethnoracial Context, Occupational Differences in Policing, and Tickets Issued in Error." Socius 8:1-19. Henricks, Kasey, Chris D. Poulos, Iván Arenas, Ruben Ortiz, and Amanda E. Lewis. 2022. 475,106 Mistakes: The Cost of Erroneous Tickets. Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. These interrelated projects advance an alternative mode of knowledge production that dislodges the category of crime from a policing perspective, all within the world of parking tickets issued under false pretenses in the City of Chicago. Whereas "The Irrelevance of Innocence" uses a multilevel framework to uncover the antecedents of these erroneous tickets, 475,106 Mistakes highlights myriad ways these tickets intensify raced and classed inequalities while deepening profits for corporate interests.