Yearly Archives: 2018

2018 13. Nov

TLS 2018: Brazil

By |2021-01-29T09:17:45+01:0013. November 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

The third Transcultural Leadership Summit, an annual conference at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen, was once again a resounding success. Organised by students from Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) and the Transcultural Caravan, the summit focuses on a particular country or region every year in order to shed light on issues of transculturality and transcultural leadership in the given region. After China and Sub-Saharan Africa in the last two years, the focus in 2018 was Brazil. Given the presidential elections in October and the leading role that Brazil has for the entire South American continent on global markets, this year’s focus is a very topical one.

2018 15. Sep

Transculturality and Community – Uganda and the Hope Development Initiative (2018/2019)

By |2021-01-07T17:15:10+01:0015. September 2018|Categories: Transcultural Student Research Groups|

How can the concept of transculturality be applied to the work of the Hope Development Initiative, helping women farmers in Uganda?The starting point of this research project was a talk by Dr Agnes Atim Apea, founder and CEO of the Hope Development Initiative (HDI), at the Transcultural Leadership Summit 2017 at Zeppelin University. At this Summit on “Learning about Sub-Saharan Africa”, Dr Apea presented her work with the HDI. Her talk spontaneously gave rise to ideas on how to take her thoughts further within the context of transcultural research. As a social-entrepreneurship initiative, HDI helps women farmers in northern rural Uganda realise their full potential, based upon the values of their communities and their own ambitions. With a view to this purpose, HDI encapsulates several topics relevant for the research agenda pursued by LEIZ, centered upon the notions of culture, leadership and cooperation. As the concept of ‘community’ is an important part of transculturality, we want to examine this concept in the case of the HDI further.

2018 25. Jul


By |2021-01-12T14:50:07+01:0025. July 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

Brazilian researcher Felipe da Fonseca is actually doing his doctoral thesis in Practical Philosophy (Applied Ethics) at the Albert Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg/Husserl-Archiv Freiburg and at UFRJ. Based on his academic background of law and philosophy, his aim is to apply existential anthropology in the fields of ethics and law. Next to his research, he is also working in the field of compliance and integrity programs. In his first blogpost for the Transcultural Caravan, he writes about the relationship between Nihilism, non-nihilistic ethics and transculturality. A blogpost by Felipe da Fonseca.

2018 02. Jul


By |2021-01-12T15:00:22+01:002. July 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

Our guest author Dr. Regina Kessy writes about the prejudices we still have when encountering foreigners – thereby especially focusing on the African continent and its historical framework – and about the need of a “transcultural gaze”, ensuring transcultural awareness and open-mindedness in today’s interconnected world.

2018 21. Apr


By |2021-01-12T14:50:39+01:0021. April 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

From 9th to 17th of April, the Transcultural Caravan was part of an innovative concept of Zeppelin University: During the so called “ZU Bildungsexkursion”, several students, staff and collaborators travelled through Germany, accompanied by an eye-catching Airstream and lots of information about the university. A blogpost by Michelle Sun.

2018 15. Mar


By |2021-01-25T18:33:04+01:0015. March 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

The explosion of visual media sharing around the world presents great possibilities but also an urgent need to address the chronic misinterpretation of images and spaces of “cultural others.” The dynamics of making sense about the world, or making truthful assertions about realities of others, is not a forthright process because the world appears differently to different people. The meaning and function of objects or concepts are culturally coded, and therefore an interpretation is fixed according to the “cultural-toolkit” available to the one perceiving the object or other people. A blogpost by Regina Kessy.

“The more culture is considered a “thing” and not an ongoing coordination of meaning, the less able people are to see their own role in creating that meaning.” Milton Bennett “A different point of view is simply the view from a place where you’re not.” Fons Trompenaars “The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.” Paul Watzlawick “Conversation doesn’t have to lead to consensus about anything especially not values; it’s enough that it helps people get used to one another” Kwame Anthony Appiah “The art of progress is to reserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.” Alfred North Whitehead “The most powerful tool in economics is not money nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.” Kate Raworth “It is the trope of our times to locate the question of culture in the realm of the beyond!” Homi K. Bhabha, 1994 “In Africa there is a concept known as 'ubuntu' - the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.” Nelson Mandela “The Global is not universal or ideationally determined. It’s relational and contextual, and we need to create knowledge around this.” Vishakha N. Desai “There can be no culture except where there is some consensus. Consensus is a matter of understanding. It is transmitted through communication, through example and through participation in a common life.” Robert Ezra Park, est. early 1920s
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