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News November 2020

New publication: Dynamics of Constitutional Cultures. The Cultural Manifestation and Political Force Field of Constitutionalism

Werner Gephart/Jan Christoph Suntrup (Hrsg.): "Dynamics of Constitutional Cultures. The Cultural Manifestation and Political Force Field of Constitutionalism" has just been released as the 25. volume of the publication series “Law as Culture”, edited by Werner Gephart.

The volume is based on an international conference of the Käte Hamburger Center and assembles contributions by renowned legal scholars, political scientiests and sociologists, who engage in a cultural-scientific analysis of constitutions. In this way, facets of cultural manifestations of constitutions become as clear as legal and social struggles for their validity and formation in different regions of the world.

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News October 2020

"In the Realm of Corona Normativities. A Momentary Snapshot of a Dynamic Discourse": Digital book launch is now available as a podcast

The recording of the digital book launch of the publication "In the Realm of Corona Normativities. A Momentary Snapshot of a Dynamic Discourse", ed. by Werner Gephart and published by Klostermann Verlag, is now available. The publication was first presented by Prof. Dr. Werner Gephart and then discussed with contributing Fellows of the Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture", academic friends of the Center, and a wider audience. Coordinated simultaneously via Zoom it was possible to present international contributions on the following aspects of the complex thematic of the corona crisis by researches from all over the world:

  • Prof. Werner Gephart (Bonn): Introduction to Pandemic Validity Culture
  • Prof. Mariacarla Gadebusch-Bondio (Bonn/Uppsalla): Clinical Trials in Pandemic Settings: How Corona Unbinds Science
  • Prof. Greta Olson (Gießen): Being in Uncertainty: Thinking the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Prof. Masahiro Noguchi (Tokyo): As a Weberian: Multiple Modernities
  • Dr. Diana Villegas (Paris): Les mafias en temps de pandémie
  • Prof. Pierre Brunet (Paris): Nous sommes la raison du virus
  • Prof. Yousra Abourabi (Rabat): A Global Warning on the Global Warming? The Effects of the Corona Crisis on the Perception of Environmental Norms
  • Prof. Alexander Filippov (Moskow): States, Bodies and Corona-Crisis: Sociological Notes to Pandemic
  • Prof. Peter Goodrich (New York/Abu Dhabi): Zoonoses
  • Prof. Anne-Marie Bonnet (Bonn): Aren’t So-Called Conspiracy Theories the Most Influential Art of Our Time?

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Christa Rautenbach was inaugurated as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Christa Rautenbach, Professor of Law at North-West University, South Africa, and currently Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Law as Culture", was inaugurated as a member of the South African Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). ASSAf is the national academy of science of South Africa. ASSAf promotes academic discussion and is an important science policy player in South Africa. Country’s leading scholars are elected as members each year by the full existing Membership. Membership of the Academy is in recognition of scholarly achievement.

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Interview with Werner Gephart for the BMBF-Portal for Humanities and Social Science is now available

On September 24th, 2020, Prof. Dr. jur. Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart, founding director of the Käte Hamburger Center „Law as Culture“ was interviewed for the BMBF-Portal for Humanities and Social Sciences. He talked about the impact of cultural and social sciences on the current epidemic situation and explained the background of the recently published work „Corona Normativities. A Momentary Snapshot of a Dynamic Discourse" (Vittorio Klostermann Verlag, Vol. 23. of the series „Law as Culture“, ed. by Werner Gephart).

The interview can be found here. The video was published with the kind permission of the BMBF and DLR-PT.


News September 2020

Maria Eichhorn recieves Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2021 of the Berlin Academy of Arts

For her artistic work Maria Eichhorn, former artist in residence at the Käte Hamburger Center „Law as Culture“, was awarded the renowned Käte Kollwitz Prize 2021 of the Berlin Academy of Arts. The Käthe Kollwitz Prize has been awarded annually to a visual artist since 1960.

The contemporary artist Maria Eichhorn has already been represented with her works at the Documenta several times. The project Rose Valland Institut, which addresses the expropriation of Europe’s Jewish population and its consequences up to present day, was a part of her research at the Käte Hamburger Center.

The official press release with a statement of the jury can be found here.


New Program of the Forum "Law as Culture”

Through its homonymous forum, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” offers a space for interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange with international guests and fellows at the Center. The forum events take place as live-streams on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. We look forward to receiving your registration by email (recht.als.kultur@uni-bonn.de).

The current program of October 2020 until March 2021 can be accessed here (PDF).

Detailed information on individual lectures can be accessed under Activities


News August 2020