How can we rethink the internationalisation of science in times of changing world orders? And what could ethically justifiable and sustainable internationalisation practices look like in concrete terms?

Clinker wall on which the flags of several countries are painted
Photo: Mariakray (Pixabay)

In recent years, concepts and practices of internationalisation have changed rapidly. In the Research Group on internationalisation, this change is subjected to critical reflection and it is discussed how internationalisation can be rethought with a view to global power asymmetries. The following fields will be the focus of attention:

Internationalisation and flight Which programmes make sense? How can issues of scientific excellence and humanitarian aid be thought together? How can individual voices and experiences be included in order to speak not only about, but with those affected?

Internationalisation and scientific freedom Where are the political-ethical limits of internationalisation? With whom can and do we want to cooperate? How do we protect research contacts in countries with declining academic freedom and freedom of expression in the context of global autocratisation tendencies?

Internationalisation and Sustainability How does internationalisation change, especially for younger generations, in a time of scarcer resources and also in the context of the climate debate and refraining from travel? How can ideas of more sustainable travel practices be combined with ideas of global networking, knowledge transfer as well as the idea of a global system of knowledge production?

2023: Workshop

Since the founding of the Research Group Internationalisation in 2016, the concept and practice of internationalisation in the academic world have undergone extreme change in the wake of a changing "world order" and global power asymmetries - one could even speak of an era of post-internationalisation or "second wave internationalism". Within the framework of a one-day ideas workshop on 4 October 2023 in Potsdam, the working group would like to critically reflect on current concepts and practices of internationalisation and consider where Die Junge Akademie can set priorities in this important field of science policy. Existing initiatives in Die Junge Akademie and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, such as the TransEurope network, the exchange with the German Israeli Foundation and the various ALLEA initiatives, as well as existing reflections on diversity and sustainability, should also be included.

2021: Podcast „Book Cultures“

Book Cultures to listen to: As part of the Leipzig Book Fair 2019, the RG Internationalisation organised the panel discussion "Book Cultures". In the series Forschungsquartett on the podcast platform, the first part of this discussion appeared as a podcast on 2.9.2021. The second episode was published on 7.10.2021. The third and final part on the topic of "Homogenisation" followed on 4.11.2021. (in German)

2019: Diskussion Auf Der Leipziger Buchmesse

As part of the RG Internationalisation, Jan Hennings and Sebastian Matzner organized a panel discussion on "Book Cultures". Together with guests Michael Hagner (Chair for Science Studies, ETH Zürich), Miloš Vec (Professor of European Law and Constitutional History at the University of Vienna and Permanent Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences) and Glenn Most (Professor of Greek Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Visiting Professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin), they discussed, among other things, to what extent the globalization of supply and visibility of scientific publishers causes changes in the sciences.

Foto von der Leipziger Buchmesse, auf dem fünf Personen an einer Podiumsdiskussion teilnehmen und eine Person ins Mikrofon spricht.


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