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Opening Ceremony DAAD-Network "Principles of Cultural Dynamics"

Jan 23, 2014 | 06:00 PM c.t.
DAAD-Netzwerk "Principles of Cultural Dynamics"

DAAD-Netzwerk "Principles of Cultural Dynamics"

Global Humanities and Cultural Dynamics

Grand Opening of the Thematic Network "Principles of Cultural Dynamics".

Public Panel Discussion with:

HOMI K. BHABHA (Harvard University)

HENT DE VRIES (Johns Hopkins University)

HSIUNG PING-CHEN (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

JEAN-MARIE SCHAEFFER (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

DROR WAHRMAN (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Welcome: PETER-ANDRÉ ALT (President of the Freie Universität Berlin)
Introduction and Chair: JOACHIM KÜPPER (Dahlem Humanities Center)

The event will be held in English and followed by a reception.

The day after the event a workshop addressing the topic "How to Define Cultural Dynamics" will take place. Please find further information here.

Due to limited seating we kindly ask you to RSVP by January 20, 2014 to
Please indicate whether you would like to attend the opening ceremony and/or the workshop.

The Thematic Network “Principles of Cultural Dynamics” (PCD) based at the Dahlem Humanities Center at Freie Universität Berlin is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and aims at strengthening transnational cooperation in humanities research between the Dahlem Humanities Center and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University, the Research Institute for the Humanities at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

The dynamics of processes of cultural change and innovation has varied dramatically across various historical timeframes and places. The PCD network desires to research the factors that may account for what triggers processes of cultural innovation, what catalyzes and hinders them, respectively, and what causes them to subside entirely. Of special research interest are the historical periods antiquity, middle ages, early modern age and modernity, since in this timespan, particularly prominent differences regarding the rhythm of innovation are apparent, but, simultaneously, the  rare transition from a phase of high dynamics to a phase of relative stagnation is observable.
The PCD network’s  concrete measures include a mobility initiative which allows FU Berlin scholars at various career levels to conduct research  at the partner institutions, and vice versa. In addition, an annual two-week summer school is organized which allows  graduate students from the six partner institutions to study with leading humanities scholars. Moreover, the PCD network  organizes workshops in which leading humanities scholars and junior scholars from the six partner institutions will discuss pertinent paradigms in cultural dynamics and develop research partnerships.

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Time & Location

Jan 23, 2014 | 06:00 PM c.t.

Freie Universität Berlin, Hall J 32/102, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem