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Lunch LecturesThe FRIAS Lunch Lectures Series are dedicated to reflecting on knowledge, science and technology in the broadest sense. Each semester introduces an overarching guiding question, addressed Thursdays between 12:15 and 13:00 by current FRIAS Fellows from the point of view of their disciplines.
The aim of this lecture series is to offer both undergraduate and graduate students and, essentially, everyone interested in public and open exchange on knowledge and science, a first-hand up-to-date account of the research projects at FRIAS, with the opportunity to engage in critical debate. In winter term 2018/19, the lecture is taking place at HS 1015 in KG I.


As of summer term 2018, students can receive 2 ECTS in their “Ergänzungsbereich / Individuelle Studiengestaltung”. See more information and the list of applicable B.A. programmes here.

Thursday 12.15 - 13.00 pm, Freiburg University, KG I, Lecture Hall 1015

Podcasts of all Lunch Lectures at the FRIAS Media Library



FRIAS Lunch Lectures Winter term 2018/19: Shifting perspectives - when the margins become the center

In scholarly work, what is the "center", and what is on the "margins"? Who decides? How are such distinctions enforced? How pronounced is this dichotomy, which is deliberately put in inverted commas, in different disciplines? What does the world of science and scholarship miss by neglecting the so-called "margins"? How can the issue of lacking resources for "outsiders" be addressed, especially in the experimental sciences? And what role do geographical imbalances in knowledge production and sharing play, be it between the global north and south, or between west and east?

The task of this new lunch lecture series is to invite leading scholars to (1) reflect on the ways in which, in their respective fields, some approaches, sources, methods, questions, stakeholders and areas of the world are judged to be central / mainstream and others judged to be marginal and (2) to ask what could happen if their respective fields were to engage in a process of strategic "decentering"? How might science and scholarship become more innovative, more global, more equitable, and conceptually richer if their so-called "margins" were no longer dismissed as marginal?



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