This is the overview of all current and upcoming events at the College of Fellows.
To view past events, please visit our Events Archive and our Media Archive.

All upcoming events

► 31 January 2023: GIP Lecture with Professor Daisuke Kamei

► 7 February 2023: Global Encounters Lecture with Dr Abbed Kanoor

8 February 2023: Humboldt Lecture Series with Professor Han-luen Kantzer Komline and Dr Diana Liao

23 February 2023: GIP Lecture with Professor Mathias Obert

Regulations regarding the corona virus (COVID-19)

Please note that all events of the College of Fellows follow the guidelines of the current hygiene concept of the University of Tübingen.

Fellow Life

Fellow Lunch Talks

The next Lunch Talk will take place on: 

Thu, 26 January 2023, 12:00 PM (CET)
Professor Mohammed Ech-Cheikh (University Hassan II, Marokko):
"Would we need to re-read classical Arab philosophers?"

The Lunch Talk Series is a great opportunity to meet other fellows and Tübingen scholars during lunch break and to discuss a topic that one of our Fellows is currently researching. 

Abstract and more information

Thu, 26 January 2023, 12:00 PM (CET)
Professor Mohammed Ech-Cheikh (University Hassan II, Marokko):
"Would we need to re-read classical Arab philosophers?"

Evangelisches Stift, Tübingen (Klosterberg 2, 72070 Tübingen)
Kleiner Hörsaal
Meeting point: 12:00 PM (sharp!) at the Ev. Stift Entrance gate on Neckarhalde


The time when philosophical thought was approached from a single point of view is over. With the increasing interactions of the contemporary world and the emerging movement of transcultural philosophy, the time has come for a multi-perspective reading of philosophical thought. Both Western philosophical traditions (continental and Anglo-Saxon) and non-Western ones are beginning to learn from each other and to interchange. Arab philosophical traditions are no exception. Should we re-read these Arab philosophical traditions? If yes, then Why? What can be interesting and inspiring in these traditions? Can they bring us some lessons of wisdom, humility and serenity at a time when postmodern man is beginning to worry about his future?

About the Fellow Lunch Talks

The Lunch Talk Series is a great opportunity to meet other fellows and Tübingen scholars during lunch break and to discuss a topic that one of our Fellows is currently researching. 
Every month, a Fellow of the University of Tübingen presents his or her research at a different location in Tübingen to get to know each other and network beyond the conventional lecture halls and seminar rooms.

Interested in presenting your research? Contact us: infospam

Focus Group Events

There are no upcoming Focus Group events. 
An overview of all Focus Groups can be found here

Lectures and Lecture Series

Global Encounter Lecture Series

The next Global Encounters Lecture will be held on:

Tue, 7 February 2023, 06:00 PM 
Dr Abbed Kanoor (Global Encounters Fellow):
"Return of Ideologies - A Critical Analysis in the Light of Intercultural Phenomenology"
Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)

The Global Encounter Lecture Series is co-organized by the College of Fellows and the Global Encounters research platform of the University of Tübingen, with the aim of promoting further exchange and networks between different disciplines.


The next Gobal Encounters Lecture on 7 February

Tue, 7 February 2023, 06:00 PM
Dr Abbed Kanoor (Global Encounters Fellow):
"Return of Ideologies - A Critical Analysis in the Light of Intercultural Phenomenology"
Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)

The cultural turn is, at the philosophical level, correlated with the fragmentation of all ontologies that we have been witnessing for the last two centuries and which leads to the rejection of monolithic blocks of beliefs. However, we are not entirely free from the resonant power of cultural ontologies. Cultures are visible features of an invisible process of sense-constitution, often overlooked in representational approaches. Cultures claim a total understanding of the world, but when their claims are deprived of recognition, they can be vulnerable to alternative forms of totality, i.e. ideologies. This may explain why, despite the growing global commitment to cultural openness, we are facing a new rise of ideologies such as chauvinistic nationalism and religious fundamentalisms. Intercultural phenomenology is a possible approach to better understand the meaning and consequences of the fragmentation of all ontologies with the aim of searching a third possibility beyond culturalism and traditionalism.

Humboldt Lecture Series

The Humboldt Lecture Series offers fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Tübingen University the opportunity to present their work to a broader faculty. It thereby provides a platform to discuss the research of some of the most excellent international researchers in an interdisciplinary context, and serves as meeting point for all international scholars at Tübingen University.

The Humboldt Lectures are jointly organised by the College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies, the Welcome Center of Tübingen University and the Humboldt Club. The lecture series is supported by Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation.

Overview of the Humboldt Lectures during winter 2022/23  

All lectures are held in the Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen) and start at 6:30 pm.

Humboldt Lectures 8 February 2023

Großer Senat, Neue Aula (Geschwister Scholl Platz, Tübingen)
6:30 pm

Professor Han-luen Kantzer Komline (Protestant Theology)
Title: The Idea of the New in Early Christian Thought

For many contemporary people, new is better than old as surely as fresh is better than stale.  In ancient times, however, these values were not assumed in the same way.  Rather, the tendency was just the opposite.  “Older is better,” a popular saying went.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, the popular imagination suggests a vision of the early Christians—the “fathers of the church,” as they are sometimes called—as stodgy traditionalists who nervously fanned away any fresh winds of change that happened to blow in their direction.
Yet a closer look begins to erode these caricatures.  Just as contemporary societies and social groups can exhibit a powerful sense of nostalgia, ancient societies and groups were much more complex, multifaceted, and ambivalent in their assessments of novelty than we might at first tend to assume.  This lecture will present some of this complexity as displayed among early Christians as they sought to articulate and defend the innovative character of their faith.

Han-luen Kantzer Komline is Associate Professor of Church History and Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, USA and the author of Augustine on the Will: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2020).  Her research focuses on early Christian theology, with many of her publications focusing on Augustine or his relationship to other thinkers, ranging from Ambrose and Cyprian to Karl Barth and Marilynne Robinson. Professor Volker Drecoll is her host as she pursues her research here in Tübingen.

Dr Diana Liao (Biology)
Title: Vocal Flexibility in Crows

Understanding how human speech evolved is an enormously difficult problem. One approach to doing so is via the comparative method - investigating the vocal behaviors and associated mechanisms of extant animals. In addition to studying closely related species as a means to reconstruct our own evolutionary history, we can also examine the capabilities of much more distant relatives. Currently, I study crows - corvid songbirds - who have departed from the human lineage over 300 million years ago but still demonstrate striking abilities to flexibly learn and produce complex vocalizations. Songbirds possess a highly-specialized set of brain nuclei - collectively known as the song system - that is integral to how juveniles learn to sing from a tutor. In addition to song, I am interested in other cognitive aspects of flexible vocal behaviors and will present results on two projects - one demonstrating the crow's vocal control over the number of calls they make and the other on their capabilities to grasp recursive sequences.

Dr Diana Liao is interested in the evolution of complex cognitive and social behaviors using the comparative approach. She first got interested in cognitive neuroscience during her bachelor studies at Johns Hopkins University. She then did a doctorate at Princeton University studying vocal interactions and development in marmoset monkeys. For her postdoc, she switched animal species and traveled to Germany on a Humboldt fellowship to study the complex vocal capabilities of crows at the University of Tübingen.

GIP Lectures

Online lecture series in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie (GIP)

Next GIP Lecture:

Tue, 31. January 2023, 12:00 pm (CET)
Professor Dr Daisuke Kamei (Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Japan):
"Jacques Derrida and Shūzō Kuki: On Contingency and Event"

For particpation, please send an email to: 

The next GIP-Lecture in January 2023

Winter Semester 2023/23

Tue, 31. January 2023, 12:00 pm (CET)
Professor Dr Daisuke Kamei (Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Japan): "Jacques Derrida and Shūzō Kuki: On Contingency and Event"

I would like to do an attempt of comparative consideration between Japanese philosopher Shūzō Kuki (1888-1941) and French philosopher Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). In his essay titled "Metaphysical Time"(1931), Kuki says that "the once-only and infinite life is worth living". In my view, this apparently paradoxical term "the once-only and infinite" expresses the core of the time theory of Kuki. On the other hand, Derrida uses a similar expression. For example, he says, "the event cannot appear to be an event, when it appears, unless it is already repeatable in its very uniqueness", that is, he proposes the "idea of uniqueness as immediately iterable" (in his essay in 1997, "A Certain Impossible Possibility of Saying the Event"). It seems that these two formulations share something in common in the fact that both have the same philosophical task to think at the same time the singular uniqueness and the infinite iterability.

How can we bring these two formulations together? Although both have different shades of meaning, couldn't we argue that the two correspond to one another very profoundly? I would like to make clear the measurable proximity between the philosophy of Kuki and the thinking of Derrida. For this purpose, I would like to make a correlation between Kuki's contingency theory in his book The Problem of Contingency (1935) and Derrida's thinking of the event, which is also no other than the thinking of contingency.

Next GIP-Lecture February 2023

Mon, 23 February 2023, 12:00 CET
Professor Dr Mathias Obert, National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan: "A Phenomenologist in Japanese Gardens"

The Lecture will be held in GERMAN.

In dem Vortrag soll es zunächst um eine philosophische Würdigung japanischer Gärten in ihren ästhetischen Dimensionen gehen. Ich bediene mich eines phänomenologisch- rezeptionsästhetischen Ansatzes, um herauszufinden, wie Gartenanlagen, Räume, Steinsetzungen und Gartenpflanzen uns etwas sehen lassen und sprechend werden, noch bevor es zu kulturhistorisch festgelegten Deutungen kommen muß. Aus einer intensiven Beschreibung sinnhaft-sinnlicher Erfahrungen, die wir in japanischen Gärten machen können, versuche ich, nicht nur den üblichen Symbolismus und die hermeneutische Erschließung solcher Gebilde in Frage zu stellen und anzureichern, sondern überdies gängige Verständnismuster wie die Gegensatzpaare von Natur und Kultur oder Zwang und Freiheit aufzuweichen. Im Zuge dessen wird es sodann möglich, phänomenologischen Leitideen wie Sinngehalt, Anmutung, Horizont, Stimmung, Phänomengenese, Zeitlichkeit und Responsivität schärfere Konturen zu verleihen. Auf diese Weise kann unser Philosophieren zuletzt nicht nur in inhaltlichen Hinsichten Anregung und Anleitung aus der Gartenerfahrung und der unmittelbaren Anschauung beziehen, sondern es wird zudem möglich, phänomenologische Überzeugungen und Verfahrensweisen in ihrer grundsätzlichen methodischen Berechtigung zu überprüfen und kritisch zu befragen. 

Mathias Obert
 has been teaching contemporary European thought and aesthetics at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan since 2008, having been appointed as a full professor in 2012. From 1998 till 2002 he has been teaching in at Munich University and Hamburg University, in Germany. In 2002 he was appointed assistant professor at Humboldt University, where he obtained his habilitation and venia legendi (professoral degree) in 2006. After settling in Taiwan, he first held the post of an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Soochow-University, Taipei, before being muted to his present working place, the Institute of Philosophy in Kaoshiung, in 2008.

Previous GIP-Lectures

  • 15 December, 2:00 PM
    Aurélie Névot (CNRS, linCS): “From Tianxia to Tianxia-ism“
  • 17 November, 2:00 PM
    Georg Stenger (University of Vienna): “Some phenomenologically instructed requests to Zhao Tingyang's concept of 'Tianxia'“
  • 20 October, 2:00 PM: Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT): “The Limits of Tianxia”
  • 22. September 2022, 2:00 PM
    ZHAO Tingyang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing: "The maze of Tianxia--all-under-heaven"
  • 19 July 2022, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Adoulou N. Bitan, Harvard University: "Muntu in Crisis and the Critique of (Western) Philosophy"
  • 28 June 2022, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Alena Rettová, Professor of African and Afrophone Philosophies,
    University of Bayreuth: "To be or not to be: Towards an African philosophy
    of the nonhuman"
  • 19. April 2022, 7:30 PM
    Prof. Dr. Edwin Etieyibo, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • 8. March 2022, 7:00 PM
    Dr. Gabriele Münnix-Osthoff, Münster/Innsbruck, President of the Association Internationale des Professeurs de Philosophie: „Is Intercultural Communication Possible? On the Difficulty of Adequate Trans-Lations.“
  • 8. February 2022, 7:00 PM
    Maria Jimena Solé, Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET):
    “The Early Reception of Fichte in Latin America: Juan Bautista Alberdi”
  • 10. December 2021, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
    "Ecological Phenomenology: bodiliness and the study of experience in Classical Indian texts"
  • 8. November 2021, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Bhagat Oinam, Centre for Philosophy, School of Social Sciences
    "Can there Be a Phenomenological Study Of Indigenous Philosophy?"
  • 25. October 2021, 7:00 PM
    Dr. phil. habil. Zhuofei Wang:
    "Athmosphärenesthetik aus interkultureller Perspektive"
  • 28. September 2021, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Michaela Ott, Professorin für ästhetische Theorien HFBK Hamburg:
    "From dualistic to dividual concepts of culture. A history of the entwining of European-African-Antillan cultural understandings"
  • 20. July 2021, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Franz Gmainer-Pranzl, Leiter des Zentrums Theologie Interkulturell, Universität Salzburg:
    "Kann Religion Polylog? Chancen und Grenzen der theologischen Rezeption interkultureller Philosophie"
  • 30. June 2021, 7:00 PM
    Dr. Elise Coquereau-Saouma
    "Philosophical Disagreements and Plurality of Voices: Rethinking the Rules of Debates in Contemporary India"
  • 27. April 2021, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Goddard:
    "La pensée politique d'Eboussi Boulaga centre Amérique Latine et Afrique"
  • 23. March 2021, 7:00 PM
    Dr. Jonathan Chimakonam Okeke:
    "Overcoming the three Challenges of Intercultural Philosophy: A Conversational Approach"
  • 11. February 2021, 7:00 PM
    Dr. Hora Zabarjadi Sar:
    "Islamic Feminism: The Iranian Narrative"
  • 21. January 2021, 7:00 PM
    Prof. Dr. Barbara Schellhammer:
    "Zum Anspruch des Fremden im Denken"
  • 15. December 2020, 7:00 PM
    Dr. M. John Lamola, Associate Professor at the Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg
    "The historic-cultural challenge of Paulin Hountondji's scientism in the human-computer era"
  • 5. November 2020
    Prof. Dr. Tariq Modood, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Univeresity of Bristol
    "Can INterculturalism complement Multiculturalism?"
  • 15. October 2020
    Prof. Yoko Arisaka, Universität Heidesheim
    "Knowledge and Compassion: Structural Racism and the Failures of Liberalism"
  • 15. September 2020
    Prof. Dr. Mogobe Ramose, University of South Africa in Pretoria:
    "Ubu-ntu: affirming the humanness of all human beings, sharing the bread from mother Earth"
  • 30. July 2020
    Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan, University of Gießen
    "Die Aufklärung vor den Europäern retten"
  • 30. June 2020
    Prof. Dr. Jason Wirth, University of Seattle:
    "The Great Death and the Pure Land: Nishitani Keiji and the Ecological Emergency"

Projects with our cooperation partners

There are no upcoming events with our cooperation partners. 
An overview of our cooperations can be found here