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CfP: Berlin Program Summer Workshop


Once again, Europe and Germany are dealing with extraordinary political, economic, cultural, and administrative crises. Britain is leaving Europe. Other countries are also considering their own exit. There is potentially another global financial crisis on the horizon. Nationalism is on the rise throughout the region. The largest minority party in Germany’s parliament is now the neo-nationalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). The #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements have galvanized attention around sexual assault and racial violence.

And if these issues are not disorienting enough, there are the overarching challenges of global warming and immigration, and the European project itself is seriously at risk of disintegration. This list, by no means comprehensive, identifies some of the most important issues facing Germany and Europe politically, culturally or economically in the present moment.

Yet periods of cultural, social, political, and personal confusion often lead to opportunities for substantive reflection and even radical interventions into prevailing assumptions and norms. How do moments of upheaval create spaces for political and cultural engagement? How do disruptions, social anxieties, cultural conflicts, gender troubles, racial reflections, calls of conscience, transformations in technologies, and the indeterminacy of language allow for restructuring, aesthetic evolutions, even transformations in collective sensibilities? How could analyses of past moments of disorientation/Desorientierung shed light on those faced in contemporary society?

For its 8th annual summer workshop, the Berlin Program welcomes proposals from a wide variety of disciplinary practitioners, scholars and academics of various affiliations, engaged and active artists and makers, independent scholars and figures in cultural and political institutions to submit an abstract and to present on the ways in which disorientations/Desorientierungen help refigure disciplinary, social, cultural, political, historical, or personal identities and even reshape the role of academia itself.

APPLICATION & DEADLINE: Please submit one PDF file containing a 250-word abstract and a two-page CV by April 1, 2019 to bprogram[at]


Dr. Deborah Barton | Université de Montréal

Dr. Mark Cassell | Kent State University

Dr. Jeremy DeWaal | University of Exeter

Karin Goihl | Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin Program

Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson | California College of the Arts

Politics & Literature Summer Program

In times of trans-regional upheavals and the revival of nationalist movements and governments, the debate about literature and the political has gained new momentum. The Reading Group “Engagement” and the international Summer School 2019 “The Politics of Literature – Literature and Politics” aim to develop new approaches to questions concerning the relationship between literature and politics by rethinking the debate within current political contexts.

Up to 20 participants will first meet in Leipzig to attend the Reading Group “Engagement”, before travelling to Berlin where the Summer School “The Politics of Literature – Literature and Politics” will take place with up to 30 participants. Furthermore, participants are invited to attend the separate, but thematically overlapping conference “Poetic Critique”, held in Berlin from 27.–29.06.2019.

Through discussions, lectures, and workshops with German and international experts, we will attempt to both remap transnational and multilingual perspectives on this discourse as well as develop possible new ways of thinking and analyzing the relations between literature and politics today.

More information and how to apply

Freie Universität Berlin Research Alumni Program 2019-2020

The Freie Universität Berlin Research Alumni Program is now offering new funding for research activities involving former visiting scholars (Research Alumni) and junior researchers in 2019-2020.

The program supports continued and intensified cooperation of Research Alumni and Freie Universität hosts after the completion of a research stay. To create sustainable networks, junior researchers from both sides are involved in the cooperation.

Funding will be provided for short-term research stays of Research Alumni at Freie Universität as well as of junior researchers on both sides at the home institution of the respective partner.

Applications for research stays between June 2019 and March 2020 are now being accepted until March 31, 2019.

For more information visit this site.

Berlin Mathematical School PhD program

The Berlin Mathematical School is a joint endeavor of the mathematics’ departments at the universities in Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.

They offer an excellent doctoral program taught in English in a broad and active research environment together with mentoring programs, language courses, soft-skills seminars, funding for summer schools and conferences, a buddy program and funding for students with children. Committed to equality and diversity.

Their eight areas are:

1. Differential geometry, global analysis, and mathematical physics

2. Algebraic and arithmetic geometry, number theory

3. Stochastics and mathematical finance

4. Discrete mathematics and optimization

5. Geometry, topology, and visualization

6. Numerical analysis and scientific computing

7. Applied analysis and differential equations

8. Mathematics of data science

Admission to Phase I: possible with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Admission to Phase II: possible with a Master’s degree or equivalent

You can apply at:


Application Deadlines

Admission (scholarships available): 1 December 2018

Admission (limited number of scholarships available): 1 April 2019

IRTG 914 - The Graduate Program of SFB914

Studying the signals that navigate leukocytes within the vascular system and between different compartments on the cellular and molecular level is the main focus of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 914 “Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease”. This requires a broad methodological spectrum ranging from molecular and cellular biology tools and physiological in vivo approaches to complex bio-imaging applications.

To carry out the demanding and interdisciplinary research within the SFB 914, talented and well-trained young students are essential. Therefore, the training program (Integrated Research Training Group, IRTG) for PhD as well as MD students within this initiative is an important component of the SFB 914.

Students receive a structured training program consisting of

  • advanced methodological courses with a major focus on bio-imaging tools,
  • basic principle seminars with an emphasis on leukocyte trafficking,
  • soft skill seminars on communication skills and scientific writing, and
  • scientific education with lecture series, annual retreats, and an international summer school.

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Graduate School of Life Science Munich

The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), founded in 2009, offers an international doctoral program in life sciences covering areas of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systematics and Zoology to outstanding motivated and qualified researchers. The program is taught entirely in English and provides comprehensive scientific training in one of Europe's top ranking universities. The members of the Graduate School are part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). The faculties are ranked among the top biology and biochemistry educational institutions in Germany.

As of 2018, the application to the Graduate School LSM will no longer be annually but rather open all year round!

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich