On 1-2 December 2017, eight alumni of the ZDS master studies program who now are working on their PhD in Germany met in the International House of Freie Universität to present their PhD projects and discuss. For six of the participants it was a very special event: As part of the first "Berlin generation" in the third ZDS funding period, during the study year 2015/16 they had participated in various events in the International House and were glad to be back now. The variety of topics (see the program) and the quality of presentations and discussion garantueed an inspiring and fruitful colloquium atmosphere.
News from Dec 06, 2017
"Innovation Systems in Germany and China: Comparison and Collaboration" was the title of an interdisciplinary research workshop which took place in the International House of Freie Universität Berlin from November 17 until 18, 2017. The workshop was initiated by Prof. Dr. SHI Shiwei (University of International Business and Economics, Beijing), who currently stays as guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, and organized with essential support of the ZDS Peking. Participants were renowned experts for this topic from German and Chinese universities and research institutions. After two days of intensive workshop activities everyone agreed that a fruitful, constructive exchange had taken place which constitutes an excellent basis for further cooperation. Further information about the workshop please find in the program.
News from Nov 20, 2017
"Structural Transformation in Eastern Germany after the Reunification – Social Consequences and Political Solution Approaches" was the title of a talk held by the Bamberg sociologist Prof. Dr. Olaf Struck on 9 November 2017 at the ZDS Peking. The event was funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation.
News from Nov 13, 2017
From October 20 until 21, on the Komaba Campus of renowned Tokyo University, the Second Eastern Asian DAAD Centers Conference took place under the title "Modernization in Europa and Eastern Asia: Germany's Role in the Constitution of Modern Science and Education Culture in Japan, Corea, China". In their talks, the participating scholars from the hosting center DESK Tokyo, the ZEDES Seoul, the ZDS Peking, University Gießen, German Council on Foreign Relations, Fritz Bauer Institute, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin drew a bow from the beginning of the 20th century to up-to-the-minute events and from the Eastern Asian Reform Era to actual political phenomena in Germany. Program of the Second Eastern Asian DAAD Centers Conference
News from Oct 24, 2017
Worldwide, an increasing drift of population from the countryside to urban centers can be observed. According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme Habitat, until 2030 approximately two thirds of the world population will live in urban regions. An especially rapid urbanization takes place in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, involving numerous urbanistic, sociopolitical and environmental challenges. In China, the number of megacities is continuously increasing. Until 2030, the metropolitan area Beijing is supposed to have become the new "megatropolis" Jing-Jin-Ji with up to 130,000,000 inhabitants. But also in Germany a noticeable growth of the big cities can be recorded, while at the same time some rural areas are being depopulated. In order to take these phenomenons into consideration from a well-proven interdisciplinary perspective, scholars from China and Germany gathered on October 14 and 15 at the ZDS Peking.
News from Oct 17, 2017
From September 18 until September 28, Prof. Dr. Christoph Wulf (Anthropology and Education) from Freie Universität Berlin stayed as short-term lecturer at the ZDS Peking. During this time he held three talks at the ZDS, one for a bigger audience at the Institute for Sociology, two in a more intimate atmosphere at the Institute for German Language and Literature. To be added are six more talks at other Beijing universities, e. g. Beijing Normal University, on topics such as athropology, mimetic learning, violence and alterity.
News from Sep 29, 2017
In the period between September 18 and September 22, 2017, Prof. Dr. Ernst Osterkamp from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin held four lectures at the ZDS Peking. The topics were "500 Years of Reformation – Martin Luther and the German Literature", "The Cult of the Greeks in the German Literature", "Faust II" and "Stephan George and the Image of the Poet". Since October 2017 Prof. Osterkamp is president of the German Academy for Language and Poetry.
News from Sep 25, 2017
As the year 2017 in Germany is devoted to the commemoration of the church reformation by Martin Luther who 500 years ago published his famous 95 theses, the ZDS Peking organized a Luther event, too. In cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German-speaking Protestant Community Beijing, on September 7 the professor of theology Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dietz was invited to hold a lecture about "Luther and the Education" for Chinese DAAD alumni.
News from Sep 11, 2017
"Moving on to Pastures New? - Germany and Europe in the Decisive Year 2017" was the title of this year's summer school at Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen which took place from July 21 until July 31. Along with ten students from ZDS Peking, also students from the DAAD centers in Seoul and Tokyo participated in the event.
News from Aug 08, 2017
On occasion of the ZDS summer school 2017 which took place from July 16 until July 28 at Humboldt-Universität, on July 18 the Division of International Affairs of Freie Universität organized a summer party in the garden of the university's International House. Beautiful summer wheather, cold drinks and tasty snacks created a great atmosphere for chatting and exchanging ideas in an informal setting. Prof. Dr. Klaus Mühlhahn, vice president of Freie Universität and member of the Berlin advisory circle of the ZDS, opened the evening with a welcome address.
News from Aug 07, 2017
Professor ZHU Qinsheng (also known as LaoZhu), ZDS member and curator of the exhibition "Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2016", invited ZDS members and students on July 9 for a joint visit to the Beijing Minsheng Art Museum. Professor Zhu guided the group through the exhibition and commented every piece of art in detail.
News from Jul 10, 2017
A ZDS Salon about "The new self-positioning of the free democratic states and the question of independence of the EU" took place on July 7 at Peking University. An introduction was given by the professor of philosophy HAN Shuifa.
News from Jul 10, 2017
In June 2017, the poet Jan Wagner visited Peking University. There on June 14 he was awarded with the university's Zhongkun International Poetry Prize, in a ceremony to which ZDS members contributed in a significant manner – shortly before it became public that Wagner in this year receives the most important German literature prize, the Georg Büchner Prize, too.
News from Jun 23, 2017
Cologne, Bonn and the romantic wine town of Bacharach were destinations of this year`s excursion of the Berlin ZDS students and their tutors Katharina König (Humboldt-Universität) and Benjamin Langer (Freie Universität) to the Rhineland, where from May 17 until May 20 we had the opportunity of inspiring encounters, interesting insights and beautiful views.
News from May 23, 2017
In the framework of a short-term lectureship at the ZDS Peking in May 2017, the sociologist Prof. em. Dr. Detlef Garz (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz) held three presentations about "Emigration between 1933 and 1940", "Reconstructive Social Research" and "1919-1933: How Germans became Nazis." His stay in Beijing was initiated especially by Prof. Dr. QIN Mingrui, sociologist at Peking University and ZDS member, who had used his research stay in Berlin in the beginning of 2017 also for a talk at Prof. Garz's institute in Mainz.
News from May 22, 2017
In April 2017, two Germanist guest lectures took place at the German Studies Center (ZDS). Prof. Dr. Matthias Meyer from University of Vienna spoke on 17 April about "Kafka and China", on 19 April the Austrian author and lecturer Dr. Max Höfler followed up with a presentation about "Avantgardistic Approaches in Contemporary German-language Literature".
News from Apr 25, 2017
On April 19, Ms. ZHANG Danhong, an editor from Deutsche Welle, participated in a panel discussion at Peking University. Ms. Zhang talked with the ZDS members Prof. Dr. LIAN Yuru (Political Science) and Prof. Dr. LI Wei (History) about the past and present of the dream of European integration. Prof. Dr. HUANG Liaoyu, the Center's director, acted as moderator. In a certain way, the event was a return to Ms. Zhang's roots: she had once studied German Philology at the "Beida." The panel discussion was organized in cooperation with Chang Jiang Literature Press, which had recently published Ms. Zhang's book "From Charlemagne to Euro. Europe's Dream to Be Integrated."
News from Apr 20, 2017