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Summer Concert - "I come to offer my heart"

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Self-Destruction in Distributed Systems: Autoimmunity, Inflation, Noisy Signaling

Kay Junge (Bielefeld, GER)
Kirill Postoutenko (Bielefeld, GER)
Fernao Vistulo de Abreu (Aveiro, POR)


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Normative Challenges of the European Asylum System

May 2021 - October 2023

In the European Union, responsibility sharing in refugee protection is organized through supranational regulations. This fact raises several important questions: What kind of regulations are necessary to ensure fairness for each of the states? What conditions are necessary to ensure that responsibility sharing among states is also fair to refugees? How should the EU behave towards third countries and refugees living in third countries? These questions are reflected in the current controversies about the reform of the Dublin Regulation and the events at the external frontiers.

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Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 - July 2021

The research group's fundamental assumption is that human rights and equality principles have never been universal, never inclusive – despite the promise made by the political revolutions before and after 1800. By contrast, gender has been globally reinforced as a category of social inequality. The divide between legally guaranteed equality principles and the empirical continuation of gender inequality is the starting point of the work programme. However, the research object is the global transformation of the notion and semantics of rights into a shared 'language of contestation'. The research group will examine how the presumed normative consensus about equality principles has become disputable recently in various nationalist political contexts using the example of three empirical arenas in which the contestation of equality principles is particularly manifest: (1) the gendered division of labour, (2) religion, and (3) gendered citizenship regimes and sexual rights.

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Statistical Models for Psychological and Linguistic Data

August 2019 - July 2021

The goal of the cooperation group is to investigate and further develop a series of statistical methods that are now available for (a) the analysis of experimental and psychometric data from psychology and psycholinguistics, (b) the modeling of linguistic distributional data, and, possibly going beyond these domains, (c) the analyses of genome-wide associations. The methods in focus are (generalized) linear mixed models [(G)LMMs], generalized additive (mixed) models [GA(M)Ms], and multivariate (generalized) mixed models [MV(G)MMs]. These statistical methods deal with inferential statistical problems that arise from dependencies between, for example, measures on the same subjects or the same items in psycholinguistic experiments or, again as an example beyond the core domains, the same nucleotides in the genome (i.e., within-unit correlations).

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Breaking Confines: Interdisciplinary Model-Building for a Complex World

March 2018 - September 2022

Model-building is a methodological centerpiece for addressing the challenges of a complex world. The Breaking Confines (BreaCon) cooperation group is intended to deal with modeling practices by interdisciplinary reflection and exchange. Its participants come from physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, the social sciences, history, and philosophy. They join forces in combining model-building as a central epistemic activity with studies on and analysis of model-building. The envisaged cooperative research process is essentially interdisciplinary in that the migration of models across disciplinary boundaries is pursued.

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