Working Groups

The Academy offers the members of the Young Academy the opportunity to form working groups dedicated to the in-depth study of a specific topic. In order to promote professional exchange and interdisciplinary dialogue, the respective working group organises workshops and conferences to which members of the Academy as well as selected scientists, writers and musicians are invited.

Working Group Limits of Art

Contact Persons: Sarah Hegenbart, Markus Kersten, Marlene Meuer

Members: Paul-Henri Campbell, Nicola Leonard Hein, Paul Hübner, Stefan Pohlit, Tamara Štajner

Working Group University Teaching in Digital Age

The working group critically debates the changing conditions, formats,  and objectives of academic teaching in the digital age. It integrates the perspectives of different actors within academia, such as students, teachers and decision makers, all of whom are involved in designing and negotiating academic teaching under changing technological, social, and economic conditions in the 21st century. The working group discusses what characterizes "good teaching" in the digital age and debates which kind of working conditions at university and beyond could facilitate good teaching, particularly in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Contact Person: Benjamin Loy

Members: Jonas Hock, Andrea Hofmann, Kristina Köhler, Christine Lang, Benjamin Loy, Miriam Salzmann, Lena Wetenkamp


Working Group Relative Truths


Working Group Story(ies) of Vision

Contact Persons: Kristina Köhler, Lena Wetenkamp

Members: Sarah Burnautzki, Lisa Cordes, Jonas Hock, Benjamin Loy, Sebastian Meixner, Marlene Meuer, Christian Rößner, Sebastian Spitra, Marco Tamborini, Stephanie Willeke

Working Group Perception of Lists

Contact Persons: Eva von Contzen, Eugen Wassiliwisky

Working Group Humanity in Transformation - How the Technology-mediated Explorations of “Extreme Spaces” Reconceptualize Being Human

Our research group focuses on research and representation of (human) life in extreme spaces, and the repercussions of this research on our definitions of human life.

Our joint project approaches this question from different disciplinary angles, and takes into account that each discipline involved comes with their own levels of abstraction and set of research objects. Our individual projects overlap in focusing on how conceptualizing human life in relation to extreme spaces (interplanetary space, deep sea, geological time) challenges traditional conceptions of what it means to be human. Thus, our joint focus lies in the currently heavily debated

supersession of the tenet of anthropocentrism with a conception of humanity as posthuman subjects in transformative and reciprocal relation with technology, ecosystems, cultural contexts, different temporalities, and global dynamics.

Our goal with this interdisciplinary project is to contribute to cutting new paths of interdisciplinary communication and coining novel transdisciplinary angles necessary to critically approach the multifactorial, complex, and global crisis that is the anthropocene.

Contact Persons: Torben Riehl, Marco Tamborini, Jens Temmen


Working Groups 2016-2020