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International anxiety culture research


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On Wednesday 19 July, Kiel University (CAU) and its Faculty of Arts and Humanities, together with the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), signed a joint declaration of intent with the Teachers College (TC) of Columbia University in New York (USA). The so-called "Memorandum of Understanding" is the basis for further intensive cooperation between the participating research institutions. This was assured by CAU President, Professor Lutz Kipp, Dean of the Faculty, Professor Michael Düring, IPN Director, Professor Olaf Köller and Professor John Allegrante, representing the head (Provost) of the TC of Columbia University, on the occasion of the signing in Kiel.

Professor Anja Pistor-Hatam, Vice President of the CAU, emphasised: "I am delighted that this declaration of trust will further intensify the cooperation with Columbia University in New York - one of the world's most renowned universities. In the area of marine science, in particular through the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", there is already a long tradition of cooperation with colleagues at Columbia University. The new contract opens up additional perspectives for scientific exchanges in the field of educational research."

In particular, the German and American scientists have been working on a joint research project since 2015, under the direction of Professor Ulrich Hoinkes, Speaker of the Center on Humanities in Education (ZeBiG, Zentrum für empirische Bildungsforschung in den Geisteswissenschaften) at Kiel University. The current research project is dedicated to investigating the phenomenon of society’s “anxiety culture” from a social science and linguistic point of view. With this scientific perspective, social problem areas are investigated, including climate change, health risks or migration flows, the threat of terrorism, but also the potential risks of media communication forms in a digitalised world. "It is our goal to reform public education services regarding these social problem areas, particularly in schools," said Hoinkes. Kiel specialists from different areas, including social and political sciences, philosophy, education and various languages such as English, Romance languages and German, as well as sinology, combined their efforts on this project. "In this way, it was possible to gain the entire Faculty of Arts and Humanities at CAU as a partner for the Teachers College," reported Hoinkes.

In the coming winter semester, the expert in Romance languages will be taking up an invitation from the TC in New York, to also continue consolidating the interdisciplinary networking from there. In future, the CAU and TC plan to organise international conferences, and issue multi-disciplinary scientific publications. In addition, the mobility of students, doctoral researchers and professors will be supported, and further research projects launched. The partners have identified possible topics in the fields of social climate research, health research, migration research and social communications research.

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Caption: Signing the Memorandum of Understanding (from the right): Professor Lutz Kipp, President of the CAU, John Allegrante, Professor of Health Education at the Teachers College at Columbia University, Professor Olaf Köller, Managing Scientific Director at the IPN and Professor Michael Düring, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the CAU.
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Caption: Professor Lutz Kipp, President of the CAU and John Allegrante, Professor of Health Education at the Teachers College at Columbia University.
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Caption: The CAU, IPN and Teachers College at Columbia University will work more closely together in future
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The Center on Humanities in Education (ZeBiG, Zentrum für empirische Bildungsforschung in den Geisteswissenschaften) was founded at Kiel University in 2014. Initially, it focussed on the area of professionalisation of teacher training studies, before establishing partnerships with international universities. This resulted in intensive cooperation with the Teachers College of Columbia University. The mutual connections were strengthened in 2015 by the IPN-sponsored "Come-in-touch" conference. The Teachers College is, with around 5,300 students, the largest and one of the most well-known schools of education in the USA. It exclusively offers cross-subject Master’s programmes and doctoral degree programmes.

Link to the research project: www.hoinkes-research.net/threatsanddangers


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International Center at Kiel University
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