Universität Bielefeld

Call for Papers - Online Special-Edition

Dear students,

let‘s hazard a guess: you‘re currently spending a lot of time at home? So we at the sozusagen thought: „Why don‘t we bring our magazine to you?“ From now on we will publish monthly online Blog-Entries and you are very welcome to become a part of our publication with your ideas, projects and designs.

What‘s on your mind at the moment? Maybe it‘s quarantine, Karl Marx, or the growth of your cacti... Or perhaps it‘s Bielefeld, your studies, or University – in short, we are interested in what you are dealing with and thinking about. What is your take on the problems of our time – and what are the problems of our time?

You are welcome to submit any kind of contribution, including/ such as:

  • scientific or journalistic essays
  • contributions from or about university groups
  • book reviews
  • poems
  • cartoons
  • comics

We support you during the entire writing process from the first draft to the final correction. You can find more information on our guidelines and citation rules here.

We want you to express your voice and help make it heard. If you would like to submit contributions, simply send us your first draft by e-mail: sozusagen@uni-bielefeld.de

All the best,
Your sozusagen Editorial Team

Call for Papers


Dear Students,

For the next issue of the sozusagen we are looking for you contributions! The topic is: “Creating and Destroying”. Creating – often we think of creative processes that lead to the creation of paintings, literary or musical master pieces or impressive architectural accomplishments. But is creating not also an everyday process? What are the borders of creation? And in how far are advances in the area of transhumanism and human enhancement ethical? When we take a look at cloning it quickly becomes obvious that creating can be investigated from many different angles and should be critically questioned in some cases. What does our society look like, when creating a perfect human clone is not only possibly, but also legal?

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Some people may be entirely convinced that it must be the egg because the chicken hatches from the egg. Yet it is also the chicken that lays the egg in the first place…this causality paradox can be transferred to many different areas: how about the earth or humankind? The question of how the world and humankind came to be is heavily discussed and philosophised about. And if that lead to nowhere, then even wars were waged. And does creating not also have something to do with destroying? We create cities and destroy nature. We create power relationships in which we wage wars and destroy our cities. We create possibilities for holidays and flexible working times, digitalisation in all its form and destroy our environment with it. Especially on the environmental-political level climate change and potential destructive consequences are heavily discussed: What meaning does the current school pupils’ movement “Fridays for Future” have for societal discourse? What are the consequences of this for the next generation’s participation in politics? For example, the Youtuber Rezo created quite a stir with his video “Destruction of the CDU”.

We welcome any kind of contribution, including scientific essays, contributions from university groups, book reviews, poems, comics and cartoons. And also anything else that you can think of that may fit into our magazine. You can write in German as well as in English. Depending on the format you want to submit, the desired number of words varies. For example, we are looking for essays with about 15,000 characters (including spaces). Please submit your first draft by the 17th February 2020. If the topic does not appeal to you or if you would like to submit contributions on (completely) different subject areas, we also look forward to receiving these submissions!

You can find more information on our guidelines and citation rules here.

Send us your first draft via e-mail: sozusagen@uni-bielefeld.de. If you have any questions or ideas get in touch as well!

Call for Papers: Studying and Living

From the winter semester 2018/2019 issue onwards you can find the first articles in our new section “Studying and Living”. This section gives you the opportunity to share your stories. The aim is to show how versatile “studying and living“ in Bielefeld can be and which possibilities this encompasses.

That´s why we would like to hear some stories and reports about your everyday life experiences, especially funny, awkward, nice, intense, impressive, or typical ones. This format is intended to give you the opportunity to tell other students about you - if you believe that it is interesting, potentially allows others to identify with it, or because it simply points out problems that you think may deserve more attention. In certain cases it is also possible to publish your contribution anonymously.

Please submit your texts by the 17th of July 2019 to sozusagen@uni-bielefeld.de. It should be no longer than 1400 characters (including spaces).

Best wishes
Your sozusagen Editorial Team