Funded KOSMOS Workshops in 2018

During the funding period of the year 2018, 18 KOSMOS Workshops were funded.

HU Institution


Partner Institutions

The Institute for Asian and African Studies

Dr. Pepetual Chiangong  Mforbe


Crossings and Comparisons in African Literary and Cultural Studies

  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya,
  • University of Lomé


Department of Physics

Dr. Aline Dinkelaker      

From Quantum to KOSMOS - Optical Quantum Technologies for Small Satellites

  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), USA
  • University of Strathlcyde (GB)
  • Technische Universität Berlin (TUB)

Department of

Northern European Studies


Dr. Clemens Räthel

Exploring (Women’s) Europe from the Books.

The Princesses’ Libraries and the 18th century world of literacy, leisure and politics

  • Litteraturvetenskapliga Institutionen
  • Faculty of Arts-European Literature and Culture, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Uppsala Universitet
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
  • Études scandinaves, Université de Strasbourg


Department of Social Sciences


Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff

Democracy and European (Dis)Integration: Challenges and Opportunities in Times of Turmoil

  • European University Institute (EUI), Italy
  • London School of Economics and
    Political Science (LSE), UK
  • Central European University (CEU), Hungary
  • Sciences Po, Paris
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain
  • Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Pisa, Italy

Law Faculty


Prof. Dr. Martin Heger

Balancing freedom and security in the fight against terrorism – Historical experiences and current challenges

  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Law Faculty


Tanja Marielle Herklotz

Shaping Law. Shaping Gender - Experiences from India

  • Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat


Department of Social Sciences; Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research


Prof. Dr. Magdalena Nowicka

Memories, normative ideals and empathic solidarities in Europe in aftermath of 'migration crisis'

  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Malmö University, Sweden
  • The University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia)
  • AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland


Department of Romance Studies


Prof. Dr. Jörg Dünne

Situated Knowledge and Literary Situation-Formation. Alternative Cultural Geographies of Latin America

  • Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentinien)
  • New York University (USA)

Department of Chemistry


Dr. Florian Bischoff

Workshop on Numerical Methods in Quantum Chemistry

  • Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS), USA

Department of Slavistics


Prof. Dr. Alfrun Kliems

The War is Over. The Killing Begins.

Literary Responses to Postimperial Violence in East Central Europe after 1918

  • Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • EUR'ORBEM Cultures et sociétés d'Europe orientale, balkanique et médiane (Paris)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO) (Leipzig)

Department of Slavistics


Torben Philipp

„Energy Humanities East“. Discourses of Energy and Resources in Russian and (Post-)Soviet Culture since


  • Saint Petersburg State University (Russische Förderation)
  • LMU München
  • Otago University, New Zealand


Geography Department; Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies


Carolin Genz

Beyond Urban Transformation

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Everyday Life

  • University of Toronto; Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS)

Institute of Philosophy


Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt

Humboldt Normativity Conference 2018

  • University of Southampton
    Department of Philosophy (UK)

Cluster "Image Knowledge Gestaltung"; HZK


Dr. Lorenzo Guiducci

Breathing skins: A hands-on investigation of self-regulating origami-based foldable structures for temperature

and humidity control in buildings

  • Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center Myers School of Art and Department of Biology The University of Akron, Ohio

Faculty of Theology

Dr. Kirill Chepurin

Political Theology and the Contemporary Moment: Beyond the Christian and the Secular

  • Vanderbilt University (USA)
  • University of Liverpool (UK)
  • San Francisco State University (USA)
  • Pace University (USA)
  • Winchester University (UK)
  • ICI Berlin (Germany)
  • La Salle University (USA)
  • UC Berkeley (USA)

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences


Prof. Dr. Claudia Becker


Theory of Mind and understanding of mental states in deaf and hard of hearing children

  • Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik, Zürich
  • Harokopio University, Athens
  • Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus

Department of English and American Studies


Prof. Dr. Martin Klepper

Body & Mind: Self-Help in 20s/30s US Mass Cultures

  • Princeton University
  • Trinity College
  • Loyola University Chicago

Department of Musicology and Media Studies


Dr. Mats Küssner

Mind Wandering and Visual Mental Imagery in Music

  • Department of Music,
    Durham University, UK
  • Department of Educational Science and Psychology,
    Freie Universität Berlin
  • Department of Music,
    The Sheffield University