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BCGE Call: Flexible Travel Funds

To support collaborative projects and research cooperation with the so-called "Global South", the BCGE funds international guest stays of up to four weeks at the Berlin University Alliance. In case of funding, the BCGE can reimburse the costs for a flight (economy class only) as well as subsidise accommodation and meals according to DAAD flat rates.

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Spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Kai Kresse (Freie Universität Berlin and Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies) and Prof. Dr. phil. Claudia Derichs (Humboldt University Berlin)

The project aims to make knowledge, theories and research practices from the 'Global South' visible in Berlin's research landscape. This is because researchers and intellectuals from marginalised regions or from ethnic or religious minorities often remain invisible in academic discourses. The project participants - a global network of researchers, artists and activists - want to engage with knowledge and theoretical contributions from the 'Global South'. Their goal is to make the way knowledge is created and what is recognised as knowledge more equal globally.

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Computer technologies, from large-scale language models to self-driving cars, raise fundamental philosophical questions. The first Oxford-Berlin Postdoctoral Colloquium on the Normative Philosophy of Computing will be held at Freie Universität Berlin on 8 and 9 December 2023. The colloquia aim to connect early-career scholars doing groundbreaking work on the moral and political philosophy of computer science and related fields, and provide a forum to present work in progress, receive high-quality feedback in a constructive environment, and exchange ideas with leading researchers and professionals from industry and policy.

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Spokespersons: Prof. Dr Robin Celikates (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

In order for critical theory to live up to its double claim of explaining the present and its crises as well as contributing to social change, it is essential that it expands its frame of reference beyond the Global North and expands its conceptual resources in the face of global challenges.

CritUP (Critical Theory Under Pressure) aims to build a sustainable transnational network and corresponding platform for the exchange of forms of critical theory articulated in different world regions.

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In recent years, various terms and concepts have emerged to analyse the phenomena of use and reuse of medieval objects. In this workshop, a common terminological and methodological framework will be elaborated, starting from two central approaches: Recycling and Reframing. An interdisciplinary group of scholars will provide insights into their own research and respective academic fields through a series of seminars and visits to collections in Oxford.

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Oxford Berlin Early Career Mobility

The Oxford Berlin Research Partnership aims to promote mobility and strengthen networks between partner institutions. In particular, we want to promote the involvement of researchers at the beginning of their careers.

To this end, the Oxford Berlin Research Partnership provides annual funding to support early career researchers and PhD students from Oxford and Berlin who are planning a short stay at a partner institution in the other city to conduct research in the context of existing or recently initiated collaborations between the partners.

The award is made on the recommendation of the Academic Directors of the partnership and the members of the Academic Liaison Committee. The funds are intended to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and per diem for research visits.

Currently no current call for proposals.

Einstein Visiting Fellows


"Electoral trade-offs in progressive politics"

Host: Heike Klüver, HU / DYNAMICS Graduiertenkolleg (research training group)

Visiting Fellow: Tarik Abou-Chadi, Nuffield College, Oxford


“The Boundaries of Cosmopolis: Berlin and London”

Host : Gesa Stedman, Centre for British Studies, HU Berlin

Visiting Fellow: Stefano Evangelista, Trinity College, Oxford



Host : Jutta Müller-Tamm, FU / EXC 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" / Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies”

Visiting Fellow: Karen Leeder, New College, Oxford


Glucose metabolism: a new target for stroke and vascular dementia prevention”

Host : Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Meisel, Director, CSB, PD Dr. med. Philipp Mergenthaler, Einstein Junior Fellow, CSB

Visiting Fellow: Prof. Peter M. Rothwell

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert (Humboldt University Berlin)

In this project, researchers from all over the world are examining the serious changes in the world of work from a historical perspective. Growing inequality as well as insecure and informal working conditions have been further exacerbated by the pandemic and have become a global problem more than ever. The network aims to bring local perspectives from countries such as Argentina, India and South Africa even more strongly into international research.

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Sketching Brains is a collaborative exhibition project designed to stimulate new conversations about the act of sketching in and about neurosurgical practice. Based on a series of field studies within the Department of Neurosurgery at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin by graphic ethnographer Maxime Le Calvé and on the research of neurosurgeon and cultural scientist Anna L. Roethe, this initiative takes the form of conversations based on graphic-based narratives presented and continued both on site and online. The texts in German and English are open to comment so that the community can react to and question the descriptions. The "participant exhibition" becomes a living community forum, choreographed by the ethnographer, to better understand the impact of neurosurgery on the lives of people on both sides of the scalpel.

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Two thrilling workshops have been organised by Anne Enderwitz (Humboldt) and Lorna Hutson (Oxford)

Foundational critical work on early modern European literature has explored the interrelationships between an accelerating 'economy' (in the modern sense) and imaginative transformations of the affective, instrumental and sexual relations of the household or 'oeconomy'. More recently, however, these critical questions have given way to more pressing issues of decolonisation, the racialisation of slavery and environmental exploitation.

These two workshops take as their starting point the idea that the notion of 'oeconomy' is also racialised and environmentally significant. That is, thinking about representations of the early modern English household and its generation of credit, honour, kinship and wealth is related to the racialisation of transatlantic slavery and the legitimisation of the exploitation of the sea.

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The English Faculty of the University of Oxford and the Nordeuropa-Institut of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin are leading centres for the study of Old Norse-Icelandic literature and Scandinavian culture of the Middle Ages in the Anglophone and German-speaking world. Students in the Anglophone world increasingly lack the German language skills to grasp the extensive German-language secondary literature in this field, while for German-speaking students a knowledge of English is now essential. Prof. Dr Carolyne Larrington and Prof. Dr Lukas Rösli saw an opportunity to bridge the gap between the two traditions: Students and lecturers from Oxford and Berlin were brought together in Berlin as part of a summer school.

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The research project "Oxford-Berlin Initiative on Museums as Spaces of Social Cohesion and Conflict. An Interdisciplinary Cooperation in the Field of Museum Studies" under the direction of Prof. Savoy and Prof. Hicks from the University of Oxford was funded by the Oxford Berlin Research Partnership.

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Psycholinguists study the acquisition of morphological knowledge and the way complex words are stored, perceived and produced. The mental lexicon is a central concept in modelling the storage of complex words in the lexical memory of the speaker. The correct modelling of complex word processing is an important battleground for competing theories of speech perception and production. The Grammar of Words: An Introduction to Linguistic Morphology addresses this issue, among others.

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Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Malek Bajbouj (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin), Prof. Daniel Strech (Berlin Institute of Health), Prof. Michael Zürn (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Isabel Dziobek (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

The project aims to implement an international knowledge exchange platform on maternal mental health. Specific therapeutic approaches to treatment will be developed and recorded, teaching materials will be developed and experts will be mentored to develop and ensure quality criteria in research. It is embedded in BUA's existing South-South-North collaborations with researchers, institutions and governments in Jordan and Vietnam, as well as with partners at Oxford University and McMaster University in Canada.

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The symposium explored the ways in which lyric poetry enabled or imagined the formation of communities from the 11th to the 17th centuries in Europe and the Middle East.
The symposium is part of the Rethinking Lyric Communities project and aims to extend the research begun with the two workshops funded by the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership, held at Christ Church (Oxford) on 23 June 2022 and at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry on 5 July 2022, focusing on modern and contemporary poetry.

This event is organised by Laura Banella, Irene Fantappiè, Francesco Giusti and Nicolas Longinotti with the support of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership, Christ Church Research Centre and the Centre for Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In collaboration with the EXC Temporal Communities at the Freie Universität Berlin.

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Sonic Echoes, curated by Lennon Mhishi, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock and Laura Kloeckner, is a mash-up, remix and jam session that responds to sound archives and sounds locked in colonial containers, aiming to ignite and unleash their fire. Rather than reconstructing coherent sound lines or legacies, we aim to develop practices of genre refusal to understand the intersections of these archived sounds.

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The OX|BER Centre for Advanced Studies group "Transitions and Social Cohesion in Context of Multiple Crises" consists of Dr. Annette Idler, Prof. Dr. Markus Hochmüller, Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa and Dr. Jan Boesten and investigates social cohesion in the ever-changing contexts of multiple crises around the world, with a particular focus on the Latin American region and its borderlands.

The researchers examine social cohesion in the context of multiple crises (political crises, emergencies in border areas and the Covid 19 pandemic) in Colombia and South American border areas. Among other things, they ask how institutional transformations are influenced by other parallel processes and crises and what impact these have on the social cohesion of communities in border areas. The interdisciplinary project works at the interface of sociology and peace and conflict research.

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A project on Translating Silences in Poetry will take place in Oxford in June and Berlin in September, organised with Prof. Kate McLoughlin, Harris Manchester College.

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