Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

The College of Fellows (CoF) is the Tübingen model of a university-based Institute for Advanced Studies. It is addressed to all international postdocs and research fellows at the University of Tübingen. As a platform for research, networking and events, the CoF furthermore invites all university members to actively participate in shaping the international and interdisciplinary exchange within the university and with the public.
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Statement for diversity and internationality

In view of recent revelations of deeply xenophobic and anti-democratic agendas in parts of society, the College of Fellows would like to make it very clear that we oppose all actions and speech that call into question the freedom of teaching and research, academic exchange across borders and global cooperation. We are deeply committed to the principles of human rights, recognition of and support for diversity, and respectful treatment of each other.

Read our full statement here


New Fellows

In the summer semester 2024, we welcome 10 new Teach@Tübingen Fellows who will teach at the University of Tübingen together with 9 other Teach@Tübingen Fellows. 
Together with the Global Encounter Platform, we are pleased to welcome 4 new Global Encounters Fellows who will arrive in Tübingen in April.  

In April, we also welcome Vittorio Gallese, renowned Professor of Psychobiology, to the College of Fellows and the University of Tübingen, and invite you to join his lecture at our semester opening event on 26 April.

Current Puclications

Porr, Martin und Weidtmann, Niels (Hrsg.): "One World Anthropology and Beyond. A Multidisciplinary Engagement with the Work of Tim Ingold" London: Routeledge.

This edited volume offers a multidisciplinary engagement with the work of Tim Ingold, one of the most influential anthropologists in recent decades. The contributions are drawn from fields such as social anthropology, archaeology, rock art studies, philosophy, and science and technology studies, and critically engage with Ingold’s approaches and ideas. The volume includes contributions from participants in the Masterclass "One World Anthropology" with Tim Ingold, hosted by the College of Fellows in September 2019.

Past Events

27.10.2023: Semester Opening

At the beginning of the winter semester, The College of Fellows invited all international fellows and interested university members to the semester opening in the Alte Aula on Friday, October 27. The College of Fellows presented its activities and offers for international scientists. Following the guest lecture by Professor Dr Jan Willem Duyvendak (Director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam) entitled "The Return of the Native. Navigating between nostalgic nativism and hopeful liberalism", Professor Dorothee Kimmich and Professor Boris Nieswand took to the podium to talk to Professor Duyvendak and the audience. The concluding reception offered the opportunity to exchange ideas and to network with other fellows and Tübingen scientists over a glass of wine.

New Horizons Fellow 2023: Professor Rita Felski

In October 2023, the College of Fellows welcomed Professor Rita Felski, who visited the University of Tübingen as part of a New Horizons Fellowship. From 23 to 26 October 2023, the New Horizons Workshop "Postcritique, Recognition, Life World" took place as a closed event. The College of Fellows also  invited all members of the university and the interested public to Rita Felski's public lecture entitled "How Not To Talk About Experience" on Wednesday, 25 October 2023.

4 November 2022: Semester Opening Event

"Global Challenges - The Role of Institutes for Advanced Studies"

On 4 November 2022, the College of Fellows invited all international visiting fellows and postdocs of the University of Tübingen and all interested parties to the 'Alte Aula' to get to know the College of Fellows, to find out about opportunities to become actively involved in the CoF and to network with other international scholars at the University of Tübingen.

Following an impulse lecture by Professor Alexander Easton (Director of the IAS of the University of Durham), the participants were invited to a joint discussion on the opportunities of interdisciplinary and international exchange and to a small get-together.

28 – 29 September 2022: Postdoc Days 2022

The Graduate Academy and the Research Funding Office, in cooperation with the faculties and central supporting structures, put together a diverse program with virtual and in-person meetings for the Postdoc Days 2022. The College of Fellows was present with an information stand at the "Get together" in the "Alte Aula" on 28 September, informing participants about its work and role as a university-based Institute for Advanced Studies.

CIN Dialogue 2022

The CIN Dialogue 2022 took place on 07.07.2022 under the title "Love in Culture and the Brain". Professor Eva Illouz and Professor Larry Young led a discussion moderated by Dr Alison Abbott.

Brochure of the CIN Dialogue 2022 for download here.

A report on the event in the "Schwäbisches Tagblatt" can be found here.

You can find further information and impressons in our events-archive.

Summer Lecture 2022

On 1 June 2022, French anthropologist Professor Philippe Descola held the Summer Lecture 2022 organised by the College of Fellows, entitled “The multiple births of naturalism”. Descola’s lecture gave a profound, detailed, and concise insight into his comparative anthropological research, which focuses on the description of four major ontologies – animism, totemism, analogism, and naturalism – and their lifeworldly basis which he describes with the term ‘worlding’.

You can find further information on our Summer Lecture in our events-archive.

Opening Ceremony

On 28 April 2022, the College of Fellows was officially inaugurated. In her opening address, vice-president Professor Monique Scheer highlighted that the University of Tübingen by founding the College of Fellows offers its many outstanding international guest researchers an academic home beyond their respective disciplinary affiliation. This, Professor Scheer said, will significantly increase the visibility of the international guests.

See further information and impressions of the opening ceremony below:

Opening Ceremony

Professor Sheer emphasized that the College of Fellows adapts the idea of classical Institutes for Advanced Studies in that it is aimed specifically at visiting scientists coming to Tübingen from abroad and primarily targets younger researchers at the post-doc level. She called on all members of the University to get involved in the work of the College of Fellows and to participate in the events.

Dr. Weidtmann, who has been appointed as the founding director of the College of Fellows, emphasized the interdisciplinary and global orientation of the institution. According to his ideas, the College of Fellows should also offer space to discuss globally pressing questions in a cross-disciplinary exchange and to search for completely new answers. In this way, the College of Fellows could also provide impulses for the university and society.

The keynote address was given by Professor Garsten, Principal of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies. She recalled the founding idea of the Institutes for Advanced Studies, the first of which was established at Princeton University in 1930, but also called for readiness for change. Those who want to keep the idea of the IAS’s alive must be prepared to constantly develop their structures. She compared the concept of IAS’s to that of political think tanks. Both, she said, are places where leading minds from science and politics, respectively, come together to provide decisive impetus for their respective fields. On the occasion of the ceremonial opening of the College of Fellows, modern jazz sounds could be heard in the venerable "Großer Senat", much to the delight of the large audience.