Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies


 Call for Applications 2021/2022

CIIS invites researchers at irregular intervals to work at CIIS for a few weeks and to get involved in teaching.

In cooperation with the Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Tübingen, Forum Scientiarum (now CIIS) announced fellowships within the Gender Research College in 2009 and 2010. → more

New applications are welcome starting Spring 2021

Fellow 2020/21: Dr. Jonathan Chimakonam Okeke

Email jonathan-chimakonam.okekespam

Jonathan O. Chimakonam PhD is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He taught at the University of Calabar, Nigeria for several years. He was a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg (2017-2019). His teaching and research interests cover the areas of African Philosophy, Intercultural Philosophy, Logic, Environmental Ethics and Postmodern/postcolonial/decolonial thought.

He aims to break new grounds in African philosophy by formulating a system that unveils new concepts and opens new vistas for thought (Conversational philosophy); a method that represents a new approach to philosophizing in African and intercultural philosophies (Conversational thinking); and a system of logic that grounds both (Ezumezu). His articles have appeared in refereed and accredited international journals.

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Fellow 2020/21: Dr. Eveline Cioflec


Dr. Eveline Cioflec received her PhD from the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg in 2008. Since then, she has held various teaching positions and has been on research stays at universities in Kyoto, New York, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Berlin, and East London (South Africa). Since 2012, she has been a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.

Her research areas are phenomenology, hermeneutics, social and political philosophy, and intercultural philosophy. Cioflec began her research work in Germany in 1999 at the Philosophisches Seminar Tübingen as a DAAD scholarship holder from Romania. At CIIS, Cioflec is working on a continuation of the project: "Das offene Selbst: Eine Erörterung der Zugehörigkeit".


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Fellow 2020/21: Dr. Hora Zabarjadi Sar


Dr. Hora Zabarjadi Sar completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2020 with the thesis "The Other at the Threshold: A Husserlian Analysis of Ethics and Violence in the Home/AlienEncounter."

In her current research project, "To Which Home do We Belong? Phenomenology of Interculturality and the Problematic of 'Belonging'" she works from a phenomenological perspective in engagement with postcolonial theory on the 'culturally other'.


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Fellow 2020/21: Dr. Abbed Kanoor



Dr. Abbed Kanoor holds a PhD from the Universities of Paris IV La Sorbonne and Bergische Universität Wuppertal. His research interests include German and French phenomenology, philosophy of interculturality, philosophical anthropology, and philosophy of culture.

In his current research project „Zwischen. Über die Erfahrung der interkulturellen Situation“ he is working on a phenomenological approach to interculturality and, related to this, on a philosophical approach to the question of intercultural identity.

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Fellow 2019 bis 2021: Dr. Ada Agada


Beginning with the summer semester 2019 until February 2021, Dr. Ada Agada is a Research Fellow at CIIS. Dr. Agada is a George Forster Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Dr. Agada's research project is entitled "Consolationism in and beyond African Philosophy: A Systematic Approach to Intercultural Philosophy."

It is based on the thesis that African philosophy will only be able to assert its relevance in the age of globalization in the context of an intercultural perspective. The new school of thought of "Consolationalism" (philosophy of consolation) leaves behind the tension between tradition and modernity that has long characterized African philosophy. It therefore appears to be particularly suitable for elaborating the intercultural dimension of African philosophy.

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Former Fellows

Fellow 2019/2020

Dr. Eveline Cioflec

Fellow 2018

Prof. Dr. James Ogude

Fellow Winter 2015/16

Prof. Dr. Sami Pihlström

Fellow 2015
Dr. Eveline Cioflec

Fellow 2014/15
Prof. Dr. Ryōsuke Ōhashi

Fellow 2012
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Stadler

Fellow 2011/2015
Prof. Dr. Workineh Kelbessa

Fellow 2010
Heikki Aleksanteri Kovalainen

Fellow 2009
Prof. Dr. Niels Henrik Gregersen

Fellows 2008
Prof. Dr. F. LeRon Shults

Prof. Dr. Georg Stenger


Prof. Dr. Kwasi Wiredu