International Conference and Workshop of the Anxiety Culture Project’s Profile and Research Strategy

November 15th – 17th, 2018
Venue: Kiel University – Leibnizstraße 1, room 106b.
Organized by the Center on Humanities in Education, Prof. Ulrich Hoinkes (Kiel University)

all fotos ©Iris Peters

In June 2015, a group of scholars from Columbia University were invited to Kiel to meet their German colleagues in a “come-into-touch” conference that would become the foundation stone of the Anxiety Culture Project.
Mirroring that first meeting, a bit over three years later, we organized a new event at Kiel University: an international conference under the title “Living and Learning in a World of Anxieties” and, at the same time, a “get-to-work” workshop to discuss the profile of our project and define research strategies for the upcoming years.


Thursday, November 15th

4:30 pm
Welcome Address / Introduction to the Anxiety Culture Research Project (since 2015)
John P. Allegrante,  Project Co-Founder at Teachers College, Columbia University

Update on the AC Project’s Status and Infrastructure
Ulrich Hoinkes, Project Co-Founder at Kiel University

Europe Now Review & Content Foci
Mar Mañes Bordes, Project Coordinator at Kiel University  

5:15 pm
Light Refreshment  

5:30 pm
Learning Through Engagement as an Educational Challenge for the AC Project
5:45 pm
7Elements Perú (Video Conference with Lima, Peru)
Stephanie Meltzer, New York / Pasco, Oxapamapa, Peru

5:45 pm
Brain-Gain and Hands-on: With Both Students and the Society in Mind
Peter Weiss, University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland / Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN)
8:00 pm

Friday, November 16th

9:00 am
The Anxiety Culture Research Project as a Core of the MOU Kiel – New York
John P. Allegrante, Ulrich Hoinkes   

9:10 am
Theory & Research Interests of the AC Project
Michael Schapira, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

9:30 am
Statements by the German Representatives of the MOU & GEOMAR/The Future Ocean
Prof. Anja Pistor-Hatam, Vice President of Kiel University
Prof. Timo Felber, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Kiel University
Prof. Olaf Köller, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)
Prof. Martin Visbeck, Speaker of Kiel Excellence Cluster “The Future Ocean”, Kiel University

10:00 am
Coffee Break  

10:30 am
A Collaborative Effort: The AC Project Connecting with Kiel Marine Sciences “Future Ocean”
Round table discussion (with members of Geomar / ‘Future Ocean’, Kiel and international guests)

11:30 am
Coffee Break

11:45 pm
Contributions to Idea Giving – Anxiety Culture in Education
Research Perspectives on Anxiety Culture as a Topic of Educational Research – Meike Hethey, University of Bremen
An Activity Theoretical Approach to Understanding Anxiety. A Perspective on Future Research in the Strand of Migration within the Anxiety Culture Project  – Patricia Martinez Alvarez, Teachers College, Columbia University

12:45 pm
Lunch Break & Walk
Transfer to Deichperle Kiel

4:00 pm
Presentation of the AC Project’s Infrastructure & Fundraising Lines by the Research Management Team
Markus Lemmens, Eucor- The European Campus, Freiburg / New York
Nicole Shea, Council for European Studies, Columbia University, New York
Emmanuel Kattan, Alliance Program, Columbia University, New York

5:45 pm
Contributions to Idea-giving from Different Angles
Towards Understanding the Structure and Environment of Higher Education Institutions Associated with Positive Student Outcomes and Institutional Effectiveness – Beatrice Bridglall, Teachers College, Columbia University / Visiting Scholar, Kiel University

Inhering Anxiety: A Focus on Youth And Technology – Sonali Rajan, Teachers College, Columbia University

8:00 pm

Saturday, November 17th

9:00 am
Further Visibility of the AC Project: Preparing a Book Publication at Johns Hopkins University Press
John P. Allegrante

9:30 am
Fostering the Theory Core: Some innovative Thoughts
Michael Schapira

10:00 am
Coffee Break  

10:30 am
Contributions to Theory Building on AC
An Approach from Philosophy of Culture – Christine Blättler, Kiel University/Fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies, Bochum

Anxiety Culture: Theoretical, Interdisciplinary and Conceptual Crossings – Karen Struve, University of Bremen

Affective Communication in Schools of the Migration-Society – Monica van der Haagen-Wulff, University of Cologne & Paul Mecheril, University of Oldenburg

11:30 pm
John P. Allegrante, Ulrich Hoinkes, Michael Schapira