In collaboration with the Center on Humanities in Education,
organized by Prof. Ulrich Hoinkes (Kiel University)
Venue: Seminarzentrum Gut Siggen
Anxiety Culture: Beyond Fear
Conference on the Anxiety Culture Project's Funding Strategy
May 26th - 29th, 2019
Program download (in German)
Alle Fotos von ©Iris Peters
Following our last meeting in Kiel in November of 2018, some of our partners in German universities met again in Gut Siggen, a charming Seminar Center located on the eastern coast of Schleswig-Holstein, not far from Lübeck. The workshop, which took place between May 26th and May 29th, 2019, had two main blocks: the first focused on defining the main research aims and commitments within each cluster and the three cores, while the second centered on the funding possibilities that the Anxiety Culture project can find within German, but international funds.
For three days, 25 participants from international und interdisciplinary institutions, including the universities of Bremen, Cologne, Darmstadt, and Kiel, as well as Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and Westfjords (Iceland), worked intensively in order to shape the Anxiety Culture project. After the introduction round on Sunday evening and a short presentation of key issues of the Anxiety Culture project, participants were able to expose the particulars of their individual research projects within their preferred cluster on Monday morning, and they later shared this information with members from other clusters to discuss possible connections and collaborations between different areas. This exchange of opinions and points of view was expanded on Tuesday morning in the larger group.
In these thematic sessions, the participants discussed in groups focused on climate change and environment, on new technologies, on migration issues, and on the future of politics, society and work. That means in detail:
Climate Change and Environment: climate refugees, technologies as driving forces for climate change, speaking about and over anxiety, deep sea as sphere of sovereignty of interpretation.
Future of Politics, Society and Work: structures of power and their relation to globalization, narratives of anxiety in public spheres dealing with authoritarianism, labor unions and capital mobility, intersubjectivity and last, but maybe not least question about “neoliberal academia”.
Migration, Language, Culture and Discourse: linguistic cultures on a micro- and macro-level taking into account “embodied approaches” and the relation between dominance and power ; schools as spaces for performing affective logics and experiences of menace and danger.
Population Health: relation between illnesses/health and neoliberal (cultural) conditions.
In the afternoon, both on Monday and on Tuesday, the sessions were dedicated to funding acquisition within the German academic system, to concrete individual as well as collaborative research projects and funding needs. Past experiences from some members were taken into consideration which funding possibilities might be available or needed in upcoming years.
On Tuesday evening, the co-founder of the AC project, John Allegrante, gave an inspiring talk via skype about the history of the project as well as over main research questions. A vivid discussion and presentation of new project members followed his contribution.
You can have a look at a first (and rough) overview over possible research projects and funding needs here.
The next steps will be
to give a concrete outline of the research ideas and projects and the commitment (members)
to develop a timeline with funding strategies and workshop dates (research team)
to write a kind of “umbrella text” of the project with main theoretical approaches and concepts in order to be circulated and commented by every member; paper serves as basis for external funding proposals (Karen)
to build up an online-platform for collaborative work an papers, including an archive with reference texts/writings (research team)
to present the AC project on a specific panel at the CES conference in Madrid (June 2019)
In name of the team, we would like to warmly thank our collaborators from the following institutions: Bremen University, Cologne University, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands), and the University Centre of the Westfjords - Háskólasetur Vestfjarða (Iceland), as well as the departments of China Studies, Geography, Philosophy, Sociology and Political Sciences, and Romance Studies at Kiel University.
Additionally, we are immensely grateful to the Alfred-Toepfer-Stiftung F.V.S., a Hamburg-based non-profit organization dedicated to many projects related to culture, education, and nature preservation, for letting us use their facilities and for the wonderful treatment that we received.
Underneath you can find the full program of the conference, or click here to download it.
Wednesday, May 29th
until 9:30 am
Working lines within each cluster
Presentation of the cluster findings and exchange of ideas and opinions
"To be continued": Discussion of potential future projects and collaborations