It was a positive side-effect of the participation in the WBZ conference in Wrocław/Breslau in June 2018: A group of ZDS PhD students from Berlin visited the Ministry of Justice, for Europe and Consumer Protection of the federal state of Brandenburg in Potsdam. Having made the acquaintance of some PhD students in Wrocław, Ms. Ellen Kray invited them to the ministry on August 7 in order to inform them about the federal structure of Germany, the organization of a federal state and especially the work of her ministry. Her vivid and very informative talk was of great benefit for all participants.
News from Aug 10, 2018
From June 27 until June 30, the already traditional ZDS excursion to Bonn brought the ZDS Master students from Berlin to the Rhine. Enjoying the beautiful summer wheather, they explored the former federal capital, visited the DAAD and discussed during the so-called "Networking Day" with students from the universities of Bonn and Cologne about successful networking in Germany and China. Together the students visited Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, too. Part of the excursion program were also a trip to the historical wine town Bacharach including a river cruise along the famous Loreley rock, a walkabout on the "Path of Democracy" in Bonn and a visit to Beethoven's birth place. Not to be forgotten the kick-off in Cologne, where the cathedral and the Kunsthaus KAT18 conveyed different aspects of artistic design. Program (in German)
News from Jul 04, 2018
"Germany and Poland in Europe. Past and Present" was the title of a PhD summer school which from June 7 until June 14 took place at the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies (WBZ) of the University of Wrocław/Breslau. Participants were mainly alumni of the ZDS Master's program doing their PhD in Germany, but also Master and PhD students from the WBZ. Part of the summer school was the international interdisciplinary conference "Europe from Inside – Europe from Outside", which offered the opportunity for manifold discussions about current developments in the European Union. Various participants in the summer school took advantage of the possibility to present themselves to a broader audience with a talk about their research.
News from Jun 19, 2018
In the evening of June 5, 2018, Ms. Claire Demesmay (PhD) from the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) visited the International House of Freie Universität. There she talked to Master and PhD students from the ZDS Peking about current developments in the European Union: "Which Future for the EU? Contentious Issues and Convergences". For the PhD students, her talk served as an introduction to the PhD summer school "Germany and Poland in Europe. Past and Present" which was organized in cooperation with the Willy Brandt Center for German and European Studies (WBZ) at the University Wrocław and took place from June 7 until June 15 in Wrocław.
News from Jun 11, 2018
A special guest contributed to the German Studies Center's spring salon on April 13, 2018 with his talk about "Fire Machines: Goethe and Marx": PD Dr. Michael Jaeger from Freie Universität Berlin who stayed at Peking University in the framework of the institutional partnership between both universities. Mr. Jaeger is strongly connected to the ZDS and is very much involved in the academic supervision of ZDS students staying at Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to Mr. Jaeger's lecture, Dr. LU Baiyu, the ZDS coordinator at Peking University, talked about "Enlightenment and Religion in Nathan the Wise".
News from Apr 16, 2018
In the first days of April 2018, Prof. Dr. Almut-Barbara Renger stayed as short-term lecturer at the ZDS Peking. The religion scholar from Freie Universität Berlin held to talks: on April 1 about "The Reception of Wagner's Opera 'The Flying Dutchman' Coupled With the Greek Myth of the First Woman (Pandora) in Albert Lewin's Movie 'Pandora and the Flying Dutchman'", and on April 2 about "The Globalization of the Concept of Enlightenment in the Second Half of the 20th Century". In this talk Ms. Renger highlighted the role of Hermann Hesse's novel 'Siddharta' as one of the most important vehicles for the popularization of the concept of Enlightenment. At the ZDS both talks were received with great interest.
News from Apr 09, 2018
Following the 'salon' about the "Germans and their Myths", on January 20 the German Studies Center's traditional New Year's celebration took place, too. Enjoying the varied stage program and tasteful food, ZDS members, alumni and other ZDS related persons had the opportunity to see each other again and to get into conversation. The ZDS New Year's celebration always takes place between the Western New Year on January 1 and the Chinese New Year which this time falls on February 16 and initiates the Year of the Dog.
News from Feb 01, 2018
For the ZDS, the new year started with a 'salon', too. On January 20, 2018 the historian Professor LI Wei talked about "The Germans and their Myths". This topic resulted from the recent publication of Mr. Li's Chinese translation of Herfried Münkler's book of the same title in which the Berlin political scientist critically analyzes German myths and their instrumentalization.
News from Feb 01, 2018
In the afternoon of December 30, the last 'Salon' in 2017 took place in the German Studies Center's library. Professor Gan Chaoying, actually a lecturer in constitutional law, talked about "The never-ending dance of capitalism in the 'red shoes' for already 500 years – on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the reformation". Moderator was Professor Huang Liaoyu, the Center's director.
News from Jan 16, 2018
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
In 2017, the regional DAAD lecturers' meeting for China (including Hongkong and Taiwan) and Mongolia took place at Peking University. From November 24 until 29, a rich program consisting of talks and other informative sessions was offered to the participants. The ZDS members Prof. Dr. HUANG Liaoyu and Prof. Dr. LIAN Yu-ru contributed to the program with their talks about the German communist Otto Braun and his role during the Chinese revolution and about the 'natural partnership' between China and Germany. A detailed report by the DAAD lecturer at PKU Dr. Benjamin van Well (in German) you can find here.
News from Dec 05, 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