In this video, Prof Dr Josef Wieland, Dr Julika Baumann Montecinos and ZU student Melanie Weiser look back at the highlights of the Transcultural Leadership Summit 2020. They reflect on how the topic of the summit is related to current challenges and why it is important to deal with "New Silk Roads - New Perspectives for Europe?”.
In 2019 the Transcultural Leadership Summit focused on transcultural leadership and cooperation in and with Europe. Europe faces major economic, social and political challenges and transformations, not least within the frameworks of democratic societies, cross-border value creation, migration, and digitalization. The Corona pandemic further increased the relevance and poignancy of this development.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, individuals´ lives have been turned upside down: the imposition of new rules has thwarted human beings going about their usual everyday lives. The social sphere of the self has been particularly affected: social distancing and lockdown have become integral parts of a worldwide shared vernacular. A blogpost by Jessica Geraldo Schwengber.
On www.zu-daily.de our project manager Dr Julika Baumann Montecinos recently gave an interview on the concept of transculturality, which is the guiding concept for all of the Transcultural Caravan’s projects. Questions like "What exactly is transculturality?" or questions on the importance of transculturality are getting answered by Baumann Montecinos.
The international community of governmental actors shapes international standards and treaties regarding women’s rights. One of the significant tools of governing women’s rights globally is the yearly Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations. This year it deals with social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. A blogpost by Miriam Mona Müller.
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.
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.
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.
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 Transcultural Caravan is more than happy to introduce our newest team members, Michelle Sun and Nicolas Göller, to the community. They are both students at Zeppelin University and will help us to further develop the Transcultural Caravan’s ideas, networks, events and research goals in the new year. In order to find out what they are up to exactly and how they came to work for the Transcultural Caravan, our Project Collaborator Vanessa set down with them for an interview.