Category: Issue 24 – Rebellion and Revolution

Issue 24 – Rebellion and Revolution

Turn, Turn, Turn: The Notion of Constant Forward Movement – Jan Hennings

Turn, Turn, Turn: The Notion of Constant Forward Movement – Jan Hennings

We tend to think of revolutions as radical and irreversible, but is that really the case? Why do we use the term ‘revolution’ to describe events or developments that contain elements of radicalism and irreversibility? One reason might be that the historical experience of radical change has often been tied to visions of the future …

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Spinning in Space: Upheavals since the Copernican Revolution – Fabian Schmidt

Spinning in Space: Upheavals since the Copernican Revolution – Fabian Schmidt

What do we know about the uniqueness of our planet – and what impact does that knowledge have? The Copernican Revolution initiated a whole series of revolutions that redefined our place and our role in the universe. Until then, the Ptolemaic worldview had held sway in Europe, which claimed that the Earth is located at …

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It all Began with Cooking – Cristoph Lundgreen

It all Began with Cooking – Cristoph Lundgreen

What do all human beings have in common, regardless of their culture or cuisine? And how does this distinguish ‘us’ from all other creatures, from great apes to mythical cyclopes? Illustration: ©Kristin Meyer, Translation: Diana Aurisch The most radical revolution in human history took place in prehistoric times, nearly two million years ago. To find out …

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Images of a Revolution – Evelyn Runge

Images of a Revolution – Evelyn Runge

How the active use of social media enables photojournalists in a revolution to gain professional standing Photographed by Mosa’ab Elshamy: a scene in Cairo around noon on 27 July 2013, Photo: Stringer, Picture Alliance/AATranslation: Diana Aurisch / Copy-editing: Tom Seidel The young man’s head rests gently on his shoulder. His mouth and eyes are closed. …

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‘The potential to improve the field of medicine is an incredible motivation for me.’ – Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

‘The potential to improve the field of medicine is an incredible motivation for me.’ – Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

Computer scientist Jessica Burgner-Kahrs talks to us about continuum robots, revolutionary brain surgeries, and an afternoon at the zoo Interview: Dirk Liesemer JAM: The robots that you’re studying look rather innocuous at first glance. In any case, they don’t resemble humans or the robots that we’re familiar with from the automobile industry. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs: That’s …

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The Transformative Nature of the Last Utopia – Anuscheh Farahat

The Transformative Nature of the Last Utopia – Anuscheh Farahat

Human rights possess a universal claim to validity and are gaining ground around the world. But for how much longer? Since the French Revolution and its demands for liberté, egalité and fraternité, history has been shaped by human rights. The struggle for their validity, expansion, and implementation was and is a guiding principle of many …

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What is Academic Freedom? – Florian Meinel

What is Academic Freedom? – Florian Meinel

While the importance of academic freedom is widely acknowledged, its meaning can all too easily be diluted in intra-academic conflicts. Professors see their academic freedom threatened by student protests; early-career scholars feel threatened by the privileges of tenured professors; both see their freedom infringed by higher education reforms, peer review, open access, and the pressure …

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Structural Transformation and New Folk Music – Deidre Rath

Structural Transformation and New Folk Music – Deidre Rath

In Essen, the interdisciplinary conference ‘Sweet Home’ explored a special part of the world: home ‘The best thing about the Ruhr Valley is its people.’ Andreas Jacob, director of the Folkwang UdK Essen, chose this famous quote from Heinrich Böll to open the interdisciplinary symposium ‘Sweet Home’. The two-day conference, organised by JA member Gordon …

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The Future of Science – Jan Hauke Plaßmann

The Future of Science – Jan Hauke Plaßmann

A panel discussion organised by the RG ‘Science Policy’ tackled the issues of contested resources and tenure-track professorships The JA members Jule Specht and Christian Hof (together on the right), hosted the high-level panel discussion on science policy, featuring Kai Gehring, Stefan Kaufmann, and Daniele De Ridder (from left to right).Photos: Andreas Kämper Everyone involved …

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