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Welcome at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft

The Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), established in 2012, is a central scientific research unit of the University of Bonn. Its research activities examine global function systems of modern society, both with regard to their autonomy and to their growing interconnectedness. Our scientific departments focus on democracy and autocracy as competing regime types in contemporary politics (Comparative Research on Democracies), on the definition and solution of problems in the system of science (Science Studies), and on the different understandings of the world by religious belief systems (Comparative Research on Religions). Based on this research, the FIW also provides a platform for public debate on the changing meanings and conflictual developments of these three global systems of communication.

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New FIW Working Paper published
Jul 24, 2019

New FIW Working Paper published

We are happy to present Working Paper No. 10, a text on the political inclusion of diversified elites in China by Rebekka Åsnes Sagild and Anna L. Ahlers. You can download the working paper as PDF.

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10.07. Contemporary Challenges and the Public University: Some Reflections from India
Jul 04, 2019

10.07. Contemporary Challenges and the Public University: Some Reflections from India

In the last lecture of the FIW series ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹, Prof. Lakshmi Subramanian, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, is going to share personal experience on researching and teaching at Indian universities.

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3.7. The Higher Education Industry and Citizen Responses in Africa
Jun 25, 2019

3.7. The Higher Education Industry and Citizen Responses in Africa

In the next lecture of the FIW series ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹, Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana, is going to present emerging new ideas in African higher education sectors.

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12.6. Pathways to Securing the Future of the University in Africa
Jun 18, 2019

12.6. Pathways to Securing the Future of the University in Africa

In the next lecture of the FIW series ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹, Prof. Bassey Antia, University of the Western Cape, is going to give insights from South Africa.

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New publication in the FIW book series "Global Studies & Theory of Society"
Apr 17, 2019

New publication in the FIW book series "Global Studies & Theory of Society"

A new book by Vidar Grøtta on the transformation on humanities education in Norway has been published in the book series edited by FIW and transcript.

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17.04. Is There an Emerging Chinese “Model” of the University? Reflections on the Facts and Discourses [Perspektiven der Moderne]
Apr 11, 2019

17.04. Is There an Emerging Chinese “Model” of the University? Reflections on the Facts and Discourses [Perspektiven der Moderne]

On April 17, the FIW lecture series ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹ starts again. The first lecture by Prof. Qiang Zha, York University, Canada, will focus on an emerging Chinese "model" of the university.

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Start of the Lecture Series ›The Global Diversity of Universities in the 21st Century‹
Apr 03, 2019

Start of the Lecture Series ›The Global Diversity of Universities in the 21st Century‹

On April 17, the FIW lecture series ›Perspektiven der Moderne‹ starts again, this summer semester presenting the topic ›The Global Diversity of Universities in the 21st Century‹.

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