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Veranstaltungen von Jakob Dirksen


Understanding Knowledge (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Veronica Bremer, Jakob Dirksen, Susanne Draheim, Martin Jan-Ulrich Kohler, Yuca Meubrink

wöchentlich | Freitag | 16:00 - 18:00 | 14.10.2024 - 31.01.2025 | C 12.006 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Understanding knowledge is about science theory, about what can be considered knowledge and methods to acquire knowledge, but this course does not happen in a theoretical abstractum. We will discuss the different modes of knowledge production within the context of the city. The city - or rather urban systems - are the most complex structures that ever have been built by human mankind. Although “built” is a misleading term for the multifold and interdependent processes on macro-, meso- and microlevels that shaped the urban situation(s) over thousands of years. Rationalized planning is only one path in the production of the urban and given the reality of cities in time and over the planet, the most marginal one. Topographic details, climate, the networks of rivers, roads and ports, market forces, building technologies, social conflicts and developments, globalization and political developments on all scales have impacted the way any certain site in any city did get shape. The city is the product of a plethora of parallel and interdependent processes over time and scale - and thus their disciplinary representatives in terms of interpretation and creation. Additionally, “the city” is as much a site of stones and architecture as it is a place of narratives and myth - and the framing conditions for human action. As any social system, the city has to be approached as hypercomplex systems. Without using as many disciplines as possible and necessary there is not even a problem visible waiting to be solved. Only the intelligent use of different analytical and generative layers can help to understand and influence any given site as place where people live. Almost every problem you can find in the urban world, will require many disciplines to understand, evaluate, judge and solve them. Therefore it is a perfect arena to test our thoughts and ideas on scientific knowledge production.

Freedom and the Transformation of Modern Europe (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Jakob Dirksen, Gesche Keding, N. N.

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 10:15 - 11:45 | 14.10.2024 - 31.01.2025 | C 25.019 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Freedom and the Transformation of Modern Europe (FTME) examines the concept of freedom in relation to a series of different social, cultural, scientific, political, and economic elements in Europe in the last 400 years. The aim of the module is to provide a starting point for key themes and questions which may come to guide your own studies in the Studium Individuale programme. In each session is a pairing of ‘Freedom and…’ giving us a way to examine a wide range of changes in different areas of society and for different people.