The Blankensee-Colloquia are international workshops, each on an innovative issue from the humanities or social sciences. Under the thematic umbrella "Cultural and Social Change," the focus is on researching the processes of societal and cultural change of our time. Welcome are combinations of various disciplinary and methodological approaches and a comparative perspective from which such processes of change can be viewed, also in the light of faraway and culturally unfamiliar experiences.
The Blankensee-Colloquia aim to foster younger researchers in the Berlin region and at the same time to work on especially interesting issues. Younger researchers at the beginning of their careers have the opportunity to present themselves and their work in the context of an international workshop or seminar and in a circle of relevantly specialized domestic and foreign colleagues. Research on new issues is preferred. Accordingly, the thematic framework of the program "Cultural and Social Change" is consciously kept broad. It should be understood as an invitation to address issues that are not at the center of the respective discipline or the usual work. The Blankensee-Colloquia seek to offer space for discussing novel, experimental research interests and to promote their acceptance.
To this end, tenders for the Blankensee-Colloquia are generally invited annually as an idea competition titled "Cultural and Social Change." The competition targets researchers in the region who have completed their doctorate or their habilitation or who have recently been appointed to academic positions. Interested parties are invited to apply with a sketch of their ideas. Invited to the colloquia are representatives of Berlin and Brandenburg research institutions and observers from organizations that foster research.
Presidents and rectors from the following institutions share responsibility for the program:
- Freie Universität Berlin
- Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Technische Universität Berlin
- Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin (BBAW)
- Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
- Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
This year's call for application will close on October 12, 2021.
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