Aspasia Werner & Gbenga Afolabi
In some places oppression and discrimination are part of everyday life. However, most people consider these issues to be only present in lesser developed countries. Therefore, this talk focuses on the different manifestations of racism present in our global society. Gbenga Afolabi and AspaSia Werner, both students at the University of Göttingen will elaborate on this topic from a structural and personal perspective. Through this, they aim at fostering greater understanding of social inequality originating from institutional and mental frameworks.
How might the neglected past help to form a blueprint for the future under construction? What might a dusty handful of coins from another era, preserved under a literal construction, teach us about dwelling together in the 2020s? In this talk, Jeremy F. Walton, a cultural anthropologist based at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen) whose research focuses on the forms in which the past exists in the present, conveys us to a dusty lot in Zagreb, Croatia, where the past unexpectedly rises to the present in the form of coins from socialist Yugoslavia. By doing so, he draws attention to the ways in which individual and collective pasts are inseparable from the project of dwelling together in the future. He also reflects on the coins themselves as metaphors for endurance in inclement times and climes.
Why are identities important? And why are they dangerous? Dr Jonatan Kurzwelly is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Göttingen (Germany) and a research fellow at the University of the Free State (South Africa). His research and writing explore different aspects of personal and social identities, essentialism, nationalism, radicalisation, and various experimental and collaborative research methods. Jonatan holds two citizenships, German and Polish, but identifies with no nationality.
Dr. Marion Reichenbach
When is the last time you saw a cow? Despite the fact that we eat food every day, in our urban world, we are disconnected from our food systems. Marion Reichenbach is a livestock scientist at the Universities of Kassel and Göttingen. During her fieldwork in India on the impacts of urbanization on dairy production, she petted numerous cows while asking herself why and how urbanization dichotomizes rural and urban worlds. In her talk, Marion examines why the design of our food systems has to be changed because of urbanization and how this change can start during the decade to come.
Medical doctor and researcher
Almost no platform is free from COVID-19 misinformation. This talk gives insight into how we should consume information during these turbulent times and how we can play a part in fighting the tidal wave of misinformation. Muhammad Jawad Noon is a medical doctor and researcher. He was the Noon Scholar at the University of Oxford, UK and currently works as a researcher at the University of Goettingen, Germany exploring precision global health, economics, and policy. His work has been covered by international authors, researchers and top media outlets including CNN News, Business Insider UK, MSN and Medical Daily.
Digital transformation is a trending buzzword - but very few seem to know about its real potential and its risks. It is discussed in companies, IT circles and chat forums but it is not a matter of public discourse. Felix Dossmann is an old school nerd, a serial entrepreneur and has transformed food logistics with his software concepts. In his talk, Felix would like to show you how much we could do with the IT tools we already have if we as a a society knew about them and decided to apply them for the right causes, without sacrificing the convenience we’ve gotten used to.
Study Abroad Advisor
Steve has worked in the field of international education for nearly 20 years. He spent the majority of his career in the US overseeing programs and services for international students, scholars and their families at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 2019 Steve and his family moved from the US to Germany. He now works at the University of Göttingen administering exchange programs between Germany and North America, South America, Australia, Africa and Japan. What continues to draw Steve to his field is the opportunity to connect people across borders through life-changing educational opportunities. He firmly believes that to advance the world we live in requires meaningful interaction between people of different cultures, people with different worldviews, people across borders. The field of international education provides that space.