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Jour Fixe: How science goes public

May 15, 2013

The Cluster hosted its first Jour Fixe of the summer term on Thursday, May 16, at the Karl Jaspers Centre. Prof. Gerrit Schenk, Christoph Lind and Jacob Birken spoke about the conception of the upcoming exhibition on natural disasters in the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim.

Under the title "Natural Disasters and Political Authorities", Gerrit Schenk first examined in which ways society is reacting to natural disasters in giving culturally formed explanations. By the example of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, Jacob Birken illustrated the disaster's impact on urban society. Subsequently, Christoph Lind traced how science can go public. The speakers explained how the data can be translated into visual narratives that will be shown in the exhibition "From Atlantis to Fukushima". This exhibition will take place in 2014 in the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim.

Prof. Gerrit J. Schenk is Professor of Medieval History at TU Darmstadt and member of the Cluster's research projects A6 "Cultures of Disaster" and D17 "Images of Disasters". Christoph Lind is deputy director of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim. Jacob Birken is research assistant with project D17 "Images of Disasters".

The Jour Fixe was organised in cooperation with project D17 "Images of Disasters", which is coordinated by Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Gerrit J. Schenk. The Jour Fixe is a regular event of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held two times during each semester. It is organised by the four research areas of the Cluster and its speakers Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (Area A), Prof. Christiane Brosius (Area B), Prof. Joachim Kurtz (Area C), and Prof. Monica Juneja (Area D).


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  • Prof. Panagiotopoulos gave an introduction

  • The speakers during Q&A session

  • Friedemann v. Stockhausen: “No / Mikazuki / Jade / Olmeken” from: Third Spaces. Heidelberg: Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, 2009, pl. 3. (detail)