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Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW)
The Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) is a central scientific institution of the University of Bonn, founded in 2012.
The scientific departments focus on the subject areas of Comparative Research on Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes, Science Studies and the Politics of Science, Comparatitive Research on Religions and Digital Society.
Besides individual publications of staff members, the FIW publishes two series: The FIW Working Paper are reviewed papers based on current research projects. In cooperation with the publishing house transcript, the FIW is also responsible for the book series ›Global Studies & Theory of Society‹.
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Die Herausforderungen der Wissenschaftsmanager*innen: Zweiter Workshop in Kooperation mit der Universität Speyer

Forschungsmanager*innen navigieren tagtäglich zwischen Verwaltung, Forschung und Kommunikation. Die Aufgaben und Herausforderungen sind vielfältig und führen zu einem heterogenen Profil des Berufszweigs Forschungsmanagement. Um einen Einblick in das Selbstverständnis der Wissenschaftsmanager*innen zu erlangen, organisieren Prof Dr. David Kaldewey und Frauke Domgörgen daher einen weiteren Workshop im Rahmen des Rhine Ruhr Center for Science Communication Research. Gemeinsam mit Kolleg*innen der TU Dortmund sowie der Universität Speyer findet am 13. März 2024 ein Austausch mit 12 Forschungsmanager*innen statt, um über die Aufgaben und Verortungen des Wissenschaftsmanagement zu sprechen und in einem inhaltlichen Schwerpunkt auch auf die Exzellenz-Strategie an deutschen Universitäten einzugehen.

Für mehr Informationen zum ersten Workshop mit Wissenschaftsmanager*innen aus dem Jahr 2023: 


International Conference on "Agency, Analog Tabletop Role-Playing Games, and Asymmetrical Dependency"

The "Bonn Lab for Analog Games and Imaginative Play" at the FIW, together with the BCDSS will host an international conference from May 24 to May 27, 2024.

Interdisziplinärer Wegweiser durch das Feld der Wissenschaftsforschung

Das Lehrbuch "Wissenschaftsforschung" von Prof. Dr. David Kaldewey ist ein interdisziplinärer Wegweiser durch die komplexe Thematik, der wichtige Traditionslinien, aktuelle Debatten und methodologische Ansätze zusammenführt.

Reflexivity in (Forced) Migration Studies: Start of a Transdisciplinary Research Project on January 1, 2024

The project "Reflexivity in (Forced) Migration Studies", which is funded by the Transdisciplinary Research Area "Individuals, Institutions and Societies" (TRA4) at the University of Bonn, will start its work on January 1 for one year. The application was submitted by Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) and the Bonn Center for Conflict Studies (BICC) in cooperation with the Bonn Research Alliance (BORA) and Bonner Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelles Lernen e.V. (BIM). The project is led by Dr. Lena Laube (FIW), Maarit Thiem (BICC) and Dr. des. Maria Ullrich (FIW). Further participants are Prof. Dr. Conrad Schetter (BICC), Dr. Jure Leko (BIM) and Dr. Sandra Gilgan (BORA).

The starting point of the project is that research on (refugee) migration takes place in a highly polarized context. At the same time, the need for evidence-based information through science communication is high, given the complexity of migration movements and management policies. In order to reflect on the role of science and its potential for a sustainable approach to (forced) migration, we see the need for inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation. The project makes use of the high concentration of expertise in the fields of refugee studies and (forced) migration in Bonn, both in university and non-university research and practice.

In two round tables, we will bring together colleagues to discuss topics and lines of conflict in which polarizing aspects are particularly evident and in which science and non-academic practice face challenges. The project will develop initial action options and approaches to contribute constructively to public discourse and its political dimension of action, for example by participating in the 5th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies. The overarching goal is for the shared needs of knowledge production to culminate in a transdisciplinary third-party funding application.

More information on the TRA4 website

Upcoming Events
Intl. Conf. on Agency, Analog RPGs, & Asymmetrical Dependency
Bonn Lab for Analog ...
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International Conference on "Agency, Analog Tabletop Role-Playing Games, and Asymmetrical Dependency" The "Bonn Lab for Analog Games and Imaginative Play" at ...
10. Sommeruniversität für DAAD-Lektor*innen
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10. Sommeruniversität für DAAD-Lektor*innen: Aushandlungsprozesse über Flucht und Migration weltweit: Fallbeispiele und aktuelle Debatten Die ...
5th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies
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The conference is entitled “Regional and Local Responses to Global Refugee Movements: Contexts, Challenges, Solutions”. The Conference is organised in ...

Dahrendorf Library

The FIW owes the Dahrendorf Library, comprising about 7,000 books, to the donation of the widow of Ralf Dahrendorf. Since 2012, it can be found in the basement of the FIW.

Perspektiven der Moderne

›Perspektiven der Moderne‹ is the central scientific lecture series at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft. Lectures take place on Wednesdays.


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Vacancies and internships

Here you can find current vacancies of the FIW. Additionally, the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft offers internship opportunities to interested students.

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