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Week for Junior Academics 2022

During reading week, the second Week for Junior Academics and its integrated graduate conference (07.-09.06.2022) took place in a hybrid format. The Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (GKW) and the Graduate Forum of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (GFKW) (only available in German) organized the event in cooperation. It featured lectures as well as pitch presentations by PhD students and postdocs of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, information offers, networking events, a workshop, a panel discussion, as well as a keynote lecture on the topic Data, Culture, Society: Understanding and Shaping Complex Transformations.

The aim of the graduate conference was to provide different perspectives on engaging with numerous forms and processes of transformation. There was a focus on the multiplicity of processes of understanding and shaping the transformation of data, culture(s), and society(ies) from cultural studies perspectives in various fields of action, and these processes were examined from different methodological and disciplinary perspectives. With a nuanced eye, the presenters highlighted specific dimensions of meaning and processes of negotiation within this context. Thanks to the conceptually broad approach of the conference, the multifaceted negotiations during and as a result of the transformation process of data, culture(s) and society(ies), which are always based on interaction, could be strikingly highlighted. Overlaps and interactions emerged just as clearly as the manifold scopes of action and attributions of meaning.

The opening keynote lecture of the Week for Junior Academics on the topic of Human-AI Teaming by Prof. Dr. Katharina Rohlfing (Psycholinguistics) illuminated the complex interrelationship between human and machine actors for a social and professional interaction. In doing so, she positioned cultural studies scholars within the process as designers of artificial intelligences. The lively discussion that followed reflected the relevance of the topic (among others in cultural studies) and was at the same time a successful start to the week of events.

The newly designed pitch format enabled PhD candidates and postdocs to present emerging research projects and to discuss them in an interdisciplinary context.

At the Market of Opportunities, various institutions from the field of postgraduate and doctoral student support presented their offers for graduate students and were available to answer individual questions.

In a workshop, Nadine Lux (science ³) presented the basics of knowledge communication and outlined tasks and challenges of and for scholars in the context of a desired transfer of their respective projects.

During the digital panel discussion, Dr. Hendrik Huthoff (only available in German), Dr. Anne-Christin Warskulat(only available in German), and Dr. Maik Goth discussed mental health in qualification phases and possible approaches. Highlighting the current data revealed how the precarious working conditions in qualification phases can affect mental health and consequently showed the relevance of support services at universities. The speakers reported on successful initiatives at universities (only available in German) (Uniwind) and pointed out areas that still need to be addressed.

Following this year's Week for Junior Academics, papers presented at the conference will be published in an anthology as part of the wbg series Interdisziplinäre Studien des Paderborner Graduiertenzentrums für Kulturwissenschaften (Interdisciplinary Studies of the Paderborn Graduate Center for Cultural Studies).

After intensive discussion, the circle of graduate students has decided to reject the term "junior scientists" due to genealogical and hierarchical dimensions, which is why the next Week for Junior Academics will be called Graduate Week.

We would like to thank all contributors for this productive week of events, during which we were once again able to experience and productively discuss the diversity of scientific projects at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Schedule (only available in German)

Dr. Anda-Lisa Harmening

Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanites

Consultations for PhD-Students and Postdocs

Anda-Lisa  Harmening
+49 5251 60-3913

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