Upcoming International Conference and Workshop

November 15th - 17th, 2018

In June 2015, a group of scholars from Columbia University were invited to Kiel to meet their German colleagues in a "come-into-touch" conference that would become the foundation stone of the Anxiety Culture Project.

Mirroring that first meeting, a bit over three years later, we have organized a new event at Kiel University: an international conference under the title "Living and Learning in a World of Anxieties" and, at the same time, a "get-to-work" workhop to discuss the profile of our project and define research strategies for the upcoming years.  

The event will take place between Thursday, November 15th, and Saturday, November 17th, at Kiel University. External guests are welcome to join us in the conference talks.

You can find the time schedule following this link.


Anxiety Culture Project Workshop in New York

On February 23rd, 2018, a group of researchers and professionals from different institutions and fields met at the Interchurch Center, in New York City, to take part in the Anxiety Culture Project Workshop organized by several of our team members at Columbia University. The Interchurch Center hosts several interfaith and non-religious, non-profit organizations, such as the Council for European Studies and the Alliance Program, with whom we have recently began to collaborate. You can read more about the history and mission of this impressive building here.


This workshop is a follow-up of the conversation that began at the International Conference in Gut Siggen, Germany, in July 2017. After a short round of introductions, our participants were divided in four think-tank groups to discuss how their individual research topics fit into at least one of our clusters (climate change, health, migration, or technology), and how each individual member’s interests and expertise can help further develop the Anxiety Culture-related research in that particular field.


Afterwards, the conclusions of each individual cluster were presented to the larger group. Through feedback from other perspectives, new ideas arose to clearly specify each cluster’s research aims while, at the same time, finding intersecting areas and common ground between clusters. This exchange also helped us define the research questions that our project wants to answer in the larger scale.


Additionally, the workshop was a unique opportunity to bring people together and create new liasons between attendees from several institutions, including Teachers College and Kiel University, among many others. Click here to see the full programme and read the profiles of all participants.


We would like to warmly thank our collaborators from the following institutions: Columbia University, Teachers College, Knight Institute, Bremen University, Kiel University, Sciences Po, Science Applications CIESIN,  Eucor, Council for European Studies, Alliance Program, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Political Studies Institute in Aix-en-Provence, International College of Philosophy in Paris, Social Science Research Council, Heyman Center, and Columbia Global Center. Additionally, we are immensely grateful to the Interchurch Center for letting us use their facilities.


Get-Together and Conference at Teachers College

As part of the follow-up activities to the research exchange in Gut Siggen in July, our scholars Dr. Mar Mañes and Kira Seeler were invited to New York City to participate in a a get-together and a two-day conference at Teachers College at Columbia University on November 28th and 29th.


The first part of the meeting consisted of an update regarding new achievements and progression of the “Anxiety Culture Project” with Prof. Dr. John Allegrante and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hoinkes, who is currently a visiting scholar at Teachers College. Upcoming events in the first trimester of 2018 were discussed, as well as the planning of a conference in Paris in Fall 2018.

Additionally, contact was established with new participants and scholars who are interested in the research project. After a brief tour around the impressive campus, Dr. Mar Mañes and Kira Seeler were guest speakers at the conference that had been organized at the Grace Dodge Hall building. They introduced the “Anxiety Culture Project” to a group of research assistants and staff members in Prof. Allegrante’s team, who engaged in a very interesting discussion and proposed new outlooks for our research.


As a closing act, our scholars attended the Annual Tisch Lecture by Prof. Dr. Nathan A. Fox, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. Prof. Fox gave a lecture on Recovery From Severe Psychological Deprivation based on the research he and his team conducted on orphaned Romanian children.

We would like to thank Teachers College, and Prof. Dr. Allegrante in particular, for the invitation and for giving us the opportunity to take part in these activities.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hoinkes, Kira Seeler, Dr. Mar Mañes and Prof. Dr. John Allegrante at Teachers College.

The Anxiety Culture Research Project in Oviedo, Spain

An international conference around the topics of “Governance, Trust, and Risk Culture” took place at the University of Oviedo, Spain, between September 25th and September 27th, 2017. Our team member, Dr. Mar Mañes Bordes, attended and gave an overview of the Anxiety Culture Research Project, after which a discussion ensued.


The event was organized by the research group in Social Studies of Science of the University of Oviedo, Spain, in collaboration with several Iberian institutions, such as the CIEMAT in Madrid, the University of Valladolid, and the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociolgy at the University Institute of Lisbon. Their aim was to bring together experts in different fields in order to debate about the complex relations between trust, risk, and knowledge, focusing mainly, though not exclusively, on the areas of science and technology.


The conference, which took place between September 25th and 27th at the Aula Magna of the historical building of the University of Oviedo, in the heart of the city, was an excellent opportunity to get in touch with an international group of investigators with similar approaches to our Anxiety Culture research project.

Research Agreement (MOU) with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Following the three-day international conference that took place at Gut Siggen, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on July 19th as a culminating act of the mutual cooperation between the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (CAU) and Teachers College at Columbia University, together with the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). This agreement officializes our collaborative international and interdisciplinary project, as well as to establish our common aims in the research regarding public education services within the context of “anxiety culture”.
Click here to read more.

© Jan Winters, CAU


Our latest press contributions about the Anxiety Project and MOU with TC in German (Kieler Nachrichten, July 19th 2017)

Articles about the Anxiety Culture Research Project in Kieler Nachrichten.

July 16 - 18, 2017

 July 7, 2017, 10 a.m. - 18 p.m.

The perception of social threats and crisis in public life and education

“VIDUCATION” How to put learning in a new setting


In this brief workshop we want to introduce a new creative way of short-film production in the framework of innovative academic teaching. Therefore,  we share our expertise and experience in the broad field of self-produced tutorial- and  educational films within the university context.  In addition, we provide input on how to integrate those educational videos into academic didactics and give examples of their major contribution to the learning environment and increase in core competences.

Representatives from several international institutions shared their findings around the topic of "anxiety culture" from different research fields.

© 2018 by Hoinkes Research.

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