A new research project on the modernisation of SignWriting is being launched at Landshut University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to improve deaf people’s ability to communicate on a digitally-driven labour market.
In contrast to developments in Western Europe, religion continues to gain importance globally - also with regard to political processes of recent times. Even in the current Ukraine conflict, religion plays a role after the country’s Orthodox Church was split with the nation’s independence in the early 1990s. Knowledge about Orthodox Churches and Churches of the Christian Orient in the Middle East, however, remains scattered around the world.
Remote learning during the pandemic has once more led to a discussion of the chances that might lie in a greater digitalization of classroom teaching. “We fall short, if we merely see digitalization in terms of technical equipment, that is to say, software and hardware. Any technology can only support teachers”, says Prof. Dr. Heiner Böttger, who holds the chair of English Didactics at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
Elisa Roßberger and Martin Gruber have been appointed to newly created junior professorships at the Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Both do research and teach in the field of Near Eastern Archaeology. The Volkswagen Foundation is funding the professorships with one million euros.
Reflecting on place and space in the face of global movements, national demarcation and borderless communication is the focus of the new research training group "Practicing Place: Sociocultural Practices and Epistemic Configurations" at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), which has now officially opened with a kick-off event. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony took place in a hybrid format with a limited on-campus audience. The young researchers that come together in the training group, are from India, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Great Britain, the USA, France and Spain, among other countries.
How are metropolises worldwide developing? And what do their residents say about it? Linguist Carolin Biewer from the University of Würzburg aims to investigate this question together with the German Aerospace Center – and is funded with EUR 900,000.
Rethinking Environment: The Environmental Humanities and the Ecological Transformation of Society
The University of Augsburg and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich invite applications for 12 Doctoral Positions in their new International Doctorate Program (IDK) funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria. Deadline: April 15, 2021.
To what extent does our cultural background and the legal environment affect how willing we are to disclose our personal data? Does it make a difference if the data is transferred to another country—a common feature of many transactions? An interdisciplinary group of researchers from three of the University’s faculties are currently investigating these and other questions in a project entitled ‘Vektoren der Datenpreisgabe’ (vectors of data disclosure). This project, which is to include an international comparative study, will combine approaches from the academic disciplines of law, cultural studies and information systems to tackle the topic.
Algorithms that Aristotle would have liked: a team at the University of Passau is developing an Artificial Intelligence system based on the ancient art of rhetoric. This AI system could be able to detect implicit insults on the Web, but also to recognize which of two legal arguments is the better.