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Editorial

Dear readers,

Welcome to a new decade! At the beginning of 2020 we as a university look toward to the major topics of the coming ten years. What will the world look like? How will we live? Which solutions will we find for the pressing issues of our time? It is the nature of institutions like the CAU to regularly want and have to think beyond the end of the day. This is how new scientific analyses and ideas arise, along with innovative social concepts which will hopefully make our lives that bit better in the future. To do this, we compete with the best in our departments and work together with other institutions. This competition requires the ability to look ahead and imagine the world of tomorrow - and reveal new ways of getting there. In order to contemplate and create a fair future that is worth living in, we need the close contact and exchange with those people who this future is being made for. The CAU will expand and strengthen its dialogue with society and between the generations over the coming years. unizeit will continue to play an important role in this respect. On that note - I hope you enjoy reading the articles in this latest edition.

Prof. Dr Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University

A man and a woman are sitting in a car.

Mobile neighbourhood assistance

Environmentally-friendly mobility - this is what lies behind the keyword "transport transition" (Verkehrswende). How this can also be achieved in rural areas is the focus of a project by the Cultural Geography Workgroup.
 
A robot hand hands a woman a syringe.

Machines can get it wrong, too

Faster, more effective and perhaps even smarter than humans: artificial intelligence often causes concern. Is this justified?

 
Kneeling person in a cereal field

The labour factor

The roots of social inequality reach far back into our past. Investigating their causes and their influence on the development of society is one of the core topics of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS.

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Symbold Verbeugungen

Just different

If people only said the bare minimum, then this world would be a very gruff place. The fact that people chatter away everywhere has a lot to do with politeness. A clear case (not only) for linguistics.

 
Verena Sauer

Ass fei dei Dallala laa!

In her dissertation, Verena Sauer examined how the dialect Itzgründisch spoken on the Thuringian-Bavarian border developed between 1930 and 2014. Her results disproved the current position held in dialect research – which won her an academic award.

 
Apollon temple

From cult of gods to Christianity

In the ancient world, the whole of Greece worshipped its gods - including the city of Corinth. There, however, from the year 50, early Christianity began to spread. How this came about is being researched by Professor Christiane Zimmermann within the framework of the Kiel-based Cluster of Excellence ROOTS.

 
[Translate to English:] Stanley I. Paulson und Robert Alexy

The pure law

Alongside Gustav Radbruch, Hans Kelsen is considered the most important German-speaking legal philosopher of the 20th century. The Kelsen Research Unit Kiel, established in the summer of 2019, wants to contribute to spreading the influence of this exceptional lawyer - also internationally.