• 50 Years of Bielefeld University, 1969–2019

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Scientific Board

Professor Dr. Herbert Dawid

Professor Dr. Angelika Epple (chair of Scientific Board)

Professor Dr. Kai Kauffmann

Dr. Britta Padberg

Professor Dr. Günter Reiss

 

Anniversary Programme Coordinator: Thomas Abel

Anniversary Conference

 “The Theoretical University in the Data Age: Have the Great Theories Become Obsolete?” was a two-day conference held on November 14-15th to explore the formulation of theory and the future of theory in the age of Big Data.

Philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright (Durham/San Diego) and string theorist Robbert Dijkgraaf (Princeton) were keynote speakers. There were also four parallel panel sessions with a variety of lectures on the following topics: Theorizing Contemporary Society; Contemporary Textual Cultures; Big Data: From Machine Learning to Quantum Computing; and Interdisciplinary Models for a Complex World.

An interdisciplinary panel discussed questions relating to the formation of theory and its scope in different academic disciplines. To conclude the conference, stakeholders from academia and politics discussed the dynamic among independent research, good governance, and the increasing monetization of research in the Data Age.

Panels

Panel A

Theorizing Contemporary Society. Challenges and Perspectives (E)

Organized by: Sina Farzin, Hamburg; Julian Go, Boston; Tobias Werron, Bielefeld

  • Stephan Lessenich (Munich): Relations Matter: World Systems Theory and Beyond
  • Julian Go (Boston): Globalizing Social Theory
  • Sina Farzin (Hamburg): Theorising or Diagnosing the Present? Two Genres of Sociological Thinking

Discussant: Uwe Schimank (Bremen)
Moderator: Tobias Werron (Bielefeld)

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    Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich (Munich)
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    Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich (Munich)
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    Prof. Julian Go (Boston)
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    Prof. Dr. Sina Farzin (Hamburg)
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    Prof. Dr. Uwe Schimank (Bremen)
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    Prof. Dr. Tobias Werron (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Julian Bo (Boston), Prof. Dr. Sina Farzin (Hamburg)
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    Moderated by: Prof. Dr. Tobias Werron (Bielefeld)
Panel B

Contemporary Text Cultures: Theoretical Perspectives of Historical Text Studies (G)

Organized by: Franz-Josef Arlinghaus, Lars Deile, Silke Schwandt, Carlos Spoerhase, Véronique Zanetti

  • Michael N. Forster (Bonn): Humboldts Modell der Universität im digitalen Zeitalter
  • Bernhard Jussen (Frankfurt/Main): Philologische Sozialisation und die Zumutungen des „Digital“. Probleme eines (vielleicht) Paradigmenwechsels in den „Humanities“
  • Andrea Rapp (Darmstadt): Materialität - Digitalität - Textualtät. Kategorien modellieren
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    Prof. Dr. Michael N. Forster (Bonn)
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    Prof. Dr. Andrea Rapp (Darmstadt)
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    Organized by: Prof. Dr. Silke Schwandt (Bielefeld)
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    Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jussen (Frankfurt am Main)
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    Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jussen (Frankfurt am Main), Prof. Dr. Andrea Rapp (Darmstadt), Prof. Dr. Michael N. Forster (Bonn)
Panel C

Big Data: From Machine Learning to Quantum Computing (E)

Organized by: Dario Anselmetti, Barbara Hammer

  • Brief Panel Introduction (Barbara Hammer, Dario Anselmetti)
  • Kristian Kersting (TU Darmstadt): Data Science & Machine Learning
  • Christian Bauckhage (IAIS Fraunhofer, Sankt Augustin): Will Quantum Computing Disrupt Machine Learning?
  • Carlo Beenakker (Leiden University): Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
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    Prof. Dr. Dario Anselmetti (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Barbara Hammer (Bielefeld)
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    Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting (Darmstadt)
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    Prof. Dr. Christian Bauckhage (IAIS Fraunhofer, Sankt Augustin)
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    Prof. Dr. Carlo Beenakker
Panel D

Interdisciplinary Models for a Complex World (E)

Organized by: Martin Carrier, Armin Gölzhäuser, Marie I. Kaiser

  • Paul Humphreys (Charlottesville): Transdisciplinary Templates, Machine Learning, and the Prospects for Theoryfree Models
  • Kurt Kremer (Mainz): Random Walks: The Role of Topological Constraints in Physics and Beyond
  • Franjo Weissing (Groningen): The Causes and Consequences of Individual Differences
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    Prof. Dr. Paul Humphreys (Charlottesville)
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    Prof. Dr. Kurt Kremer (Mainz)
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    Organisated by: Prof. Dr. Marie I. Kaiser (Bielefeld)
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    Prof. Dr. Franjo Weissing (Groningen)

Diskussion

Panel discussion

The Role of Theory in Different Disciplines (E)

Discussants from the different panels

Moderated by: Manuela Lenzen

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    Herr. Prof. Armin Gölzhäuser (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Tobias Werron (Bielefeld), Moderation: Dr. Manuela Lenzen (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Carlos Spoerhase (Bielefeld) und Prof. Dr. Carlo Beenakker (Leiden University)
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    Herr. Prof. Armin Gölzhäuser (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Tobias Werron (Bielefeld), Moderation: Dr. Manuela Lenzen (Bielefeld)
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    Prof. Dr. Angelika Epple (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Carlos Spoerhase (Bielefeld) und Prof. Dr. Carlo Beemakker (Leiden University)
Political roundtable debate

How Should Academia be Governed in the Data Age? Good Governance vs Economization (G)

with Robert Dijkgraaf (Princeton), Dieter Imboden (Zürich), Ada Pellert (Hagen), Eva Quante-Brandt (Bremen), Gerhard Sagerer (Bielefeld)

Moderated by: Benedikt Schulz (Köln)

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    Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sagerer (Bielefeld), Prof. Dr. Eva Quante-Brandt (Bremen), Moderated by: Benedikt Schulz (Köln)
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    Prof. Dr. Ada Pellert (Hagen), Prof. Dr. Dieter Imboden (Zürich) uad Prof. Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf (Princeton)