for a sustainable tomorrow

The online competition – Submit your ideas now and win up to 2.000 Euros!
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Die Junge Akademie 2020 – CANCELLED: Isabel Schellinger @Grassimuseum Leipzig

Visions/SolutionsFrom a scientific point of view, one thing is certain: the climate is changing, and this is a result of human activity. But what can we do? Our online competition offers you the chance to develop and contribute your own ideas.

Every single day, we are confronted with pictures of a fast-approaching climate catastrophe in the media. This is important, as we should all be made aware of the consequences which have already occurred. We should also take note of the possible consequences which may still arise if we do not change our way of thinking and acting as quickly and as sustainably as possible. But always having these negative consequences in mind can also paralyse us.

We therefore need to find a positive outlook for a different future. A sustainable way of life offers a wealth of opportunities, not only in ecological and economic terms, but also socially and culturally. In order to achieve sustainability in a comprehensive way, it is necessary to test new forms of coexistence together and redefine our relationship to the natural world. This requires visionary concepts of what a sustainable society and a sparing use of resources may look like. In turn, these visions must be combined with practical solutions for very specific problems with regard to the climate and environment.

In our online competition, we are asking for your ideas! You can enter in either the Visions category with your artistic, creative or simply well thought-out visions of a sustainable society, or in the Solutions category with your specific proposals for solutions to sustainability-relevant problems.

The three best entries in each category will win 2,000, 1,500 or 1,000 Euros. The competition is sponsored by UmweltBank AG in the “Solutions” category. The winners also have the chance to discuss their ideas with top-class scientists.


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Popular Culture(s) with Harald Schmidt

As an actor, entertainer, cabaret artist and columnist, Harald Schmidt expertly explores the possibilities of television, cabaret and theatre, from seriousness to entertainment and from ‘high culture’ to ‘low culture’ – changing the perspective on what popular culture is and can be.

Reason enough then for Die Junge Akademie’s “Popular Culture(s)” research group to invite Harald Schmidt to discuss the topics of the evening. What actually is – or was – television? How is satire possible in (un)serious times? What is popular culture anyway? And finally: What can science learn from popular culture? These and other questions will be discussed by Harald Schmidt together with Islamic Studies scholar Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, historian Valeska Huber and ancient historian Christoph Lundgreen. The evening will be hosted by literary scholar and speaker of the research group, Michael Bies.

Admission: 6.30 pm
Start of event: 7.00 pm

Admission is free. Ticket required.

Please note, the event will be held in German.

Challenging PerspectivesWhether it is sustainability, art, debate or artificial intelligence – all the big, important topics will be in the spotlight in the anniversary year of 2020. In the Challenging Perspectives lecture and discussion series, six research groups of Die Junge Akademie are presenting one evening each at the Heimathafen Neukölln in Berlin. Together with renowned guests from the sciences, arts and the public sphere, members will discuss current scientific and other major social topics. It is also about giving critical perspectives a voice in order to provoke interesting changes of perspective. The audience is invited to join in the discussion and develop new perspectives on much debated topics.

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04.04/19pmShort Films and Discussion

CANCELLED: Isabel Schellinger @Grassimuseum Leipzig

Unfortunately the event is cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. With this step we as a public institution are reacting to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute to reduce social contacts in order to delay the further spread of the virus as much as possible. We hope to be able to make up for the event at a later date.

“Community” – Short films in discussion

Where do people feel at home? Who are the members of a family? After the screening, the curators of the evening, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (director of the Berlinale Shorts and co-founder of the shorts/salon) and Isabel Schellinger (clinician-scientist at the University of Leipzig Medical Center and member of Die Junge Akademie) will explore these and other questions in a discussion with scientists and the audience.

Isabel Schellinger (Die Junge Akademie, University Medical Center Leipzig)
Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (Head Berlinale Shorts)
Susanne Scharnowski (Freie Universität Berlin)

Zu den Filmen:

The USA – home of the cowboys. But Don’t fence me in is not set in the Wild West, but in Philadelphia, a large city in the east of the country. A hard place, marked by crime and poverty. But how can one escape the destructive pull of the streets? Young men keep horses here – an alternative way of life. The animals are more than a hobby, they are beloved family members and sense maker.

Vietnamese workers come to the GDR in Sorge 87 to work in the textile industry. After a short time, most of them leave the country again – but some stay, start families, build up their livelihoods. They create a new home for themselves, revitalize almost empty villages after the fall of the Wall. A German and a Vietnamese couple tell their story.

In Halmaspiel, too, it is sewing that forms the red thread of the story. The daughter tells of her parents’ lives. About repression and perseverance. About losing and rebuilding. It is the story of a family, but also of a country.

A film set is glamorous and exciting – one thinks. But for the main character in die ruhe bleibt, only yawning boredom opens up. As an intern he has to close a street for the shoot, communication with the rest of the team is limited to occasional announcements from the walkie-talkie. Where are the others? And what am I actually doing here? Do I belong here? Silence is spreading.

Don’t fence me in
Ann Sophie Lindström
Germany 2014, 9 min.
English with German subtitles

Sorge 87
Thanh Nguyen Phuong
Germany 2017, 10 min.
German, Vietnamese with German subtitles

Betina Kuntzsch
Germany 2017, 15 min.

die ruhe bleibt
Stefan Kriekhaus
Germany 2013, 14 min.
German, French

Admission is free. The minimum age for admission to the event is 18. The event will be held in German.

In cooperation withshorts/salon.

diejungeakademie@Where does science take place and who can participate in scientific debates? The requirements for communicating scientific findings have changed. The call for public science is becoming increasingly stronger as social challenges continue to grow. In its anniversary year, Die Junge Akademie is leaving the usual places of scientific activity behind and is entering the heart of society with a series of events as part of diejungeakademie@. Members host events at cinemas, cultural centres, pubs and even public transport to offer an insight into their work and current debates in their disciplines. Above all, however, they are seeking a dialogue with people – whether they are otherwise involved in science or not.

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18.03/19pmShort Films and Discussion

CANCELLED: Nausikaä El-Mecky @Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts

Unfortunately the event is cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. With this step we as a public institution are reacting to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute to reduce social contacts in order to delay the further spread of the virus as much as possible. We hope to be able to make up for the event at a later date.

“Censorship” – Short films in discussion

What does censorship mean concretely, in art, in everyday life, in one’s own thinking?

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, Die Junge Akademie invites you to an evening of short films and discussions as part of the series diejungeakademie@. The programme was curated by Nausikaä El-Mecky (art historian at the University of Pompeu Fabra and member of Die Junge Akademie) in cooperation with Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (co-founder of the shorts/salon & director of the Berlinale Shorts). Together with filmmakers and experts, the audience is invited to dive into the topic of “censorship” through conversation.

Nausikaä El-Mecky (Die Junge Akademie, Pompeu Fabra University)
Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck (Head Berlinale Shorts)
Ömer Alkın (media and cultural scientist)
– Mischa Leinkauf (filmmaker and artist)
Annette Schuhmann (Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam)

Short films:

The filmmaker Ines Moldavsky lives in Israel, the Palestinian territories are just around the corner and yet they are unknown territory. The state does everything to keep people apart, to prevent them from getting to know each other. The conflict has been kept alive in this way for decades. So what do you do about these barriers in your head, barriers that you have grown up with and cannot get rid of so easily? With her short film The Men Behind the Wall, Moldavsky dares to take a closer look and uses the dating platform Tinder to make contact with Palestinians across the wall.

Stopping dialogue, separating people from each other, forbidding them to speak freely and think independently – these are also characteristics of censorship. Kaputt describes how in the GDR the inmates of the women’s prison Hoheneck were worn down with forced labour and their speech directly forbidden. Where Moldavsky is still allowed to fight for freedom, the political prisoners Gabriele Stötzer and Birgit Willschütz have to cope with isolation and strict, merciless rules in prison.

But how can a word, a political conviction, a work of art, pose such a threat and become a danger to the system? Two American flags all in white are waving on the Brooklyn Bridge in Symbolic Threats – and cause politics, the media, and residents to outdo one another with conspiracy theories, fear of terrorism, and security fantasies. It’s both involuntarily funny and very frightening at the same time, what such an anonymous art action can trigger. How easy it is to provoke when thought patterns, conventions and the feeling of control are undermined.

The short films:

The Men Behind the Wall
Ines Moldavsky
Israel 2018, 28 min.
English, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles

Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl
Germany 2016, 7 min.
German with engl. UT

Symbolic Threats
Matthias Wermke, Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke
Germany 2015, 17 min.
English with German subtitles

The minimum age for admission to the event is 18.
In cooperation withBerlinale Shorts und shorts/salon.

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CANCELLED: Philipp Kanske @Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

Unfortunately, due to the current risk situation caused by the coronavirus, today’s lecture at Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden with Philipp Kanske on “The Social Brain” will be cancelled. We hope to be able to make up for the event at a later date.

The social brain. How we understand what others think and feel.

How do we understand what other people think? How do we manage to empathise with others? Our ability to move in social communities depends on having access to these inner, unobservable states of others. The evening will highlight how social neuroscience explores our brain’s ability to empathise and adopt perspective. Does the brain reflect what is going on in others? Or does it build abstract theories? People also differ greatly in how well they can think and feel and how problems contribute to the development of mental disorders. In the evening, we will briefly try out practical ways of practising these skills.

Philipp Kanske explores feelings and social understanding. Since 2017, he has been Professor of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at the TU Dresden. The aim of his scientific work is to better understand empathy, the adoption of perspective and the regulation of emotions in order to uncover possibilities for change, including in people with mental disorders. He is the speaker of Die Junge Akademie, as well as holder of the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society and the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation.

In cooperation with Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden.

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Research Group Popular Culture(s) @Literaturhaus Leipzig

Antigone – Myth and Modernity

Five researchers, and members of Die Junge Akademie would like to place the form of Antigone against the backdrop of political events and cultural trends in society, and, from a historical, philological, literary, and philosophical standpoint, ask the question: How is she still relevant today? Excerpts will be read aloud from Friedrich Hölderlins translation of Antigone (1804): reviled as they were written, to this day controversial, but powerfully spoken and now used more and more.

The myth of Antigone, who buried her dead brother despite a prohibition, still resonates today – whether as a loving sister, a figure of defiance, a symbol of feministic ideals, or as a reference point for questions of law and order. Such links to current issues can be seen particularly clear in the version from Greek poet Sophokles, in which a seemingly simple plot evokes a diversity of opposites that links the piece to the modern relationship between women and men, living and the dead, society and the individual, and the state and family. Equally diverse are the debates that take place between different receptions of the literature and within various scientific fields.

Hölderlin-introduction and reading: Erik Schilling (LMU München)

Members of the podium: Michael Bies (FU Berlin), Eva Buddeberg (Universität Frankfurt), Christoph Lundgreen (Università di Pisa)

The event will be sponsored by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig.

Admission is free of charge. Please note, the event will be held in German.