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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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Start of the colloquium in the winter term 2019/20
Sep 26, 2019

Start of the colloquium in the winter term 2019/20

At the FIW colloquium, FIW employees and other scientists present the latest news from their research projects. The first lecture in the winter term will take place on October 15.

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Proceedings of the Workshop on Interdisciplinary Migration Research published
Aug 29, 2019

Proceedings of the Workshop on Interdisciplinary Migration Research published

As a follow-up to the ZiF Workshop “Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis”, the proceedings have been published as open access.

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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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