International Center for Cultural and Technological Studies

Current projects of the IZKT, in alphabetical order

In the summer semester 2014, the IZKT and the Stuttgart Institute of Sustainability e.V. (SIS) established the dialog initiative “Sustainable Living Environment”. This dialog initiative takes an interdisciplinary approach to the major challenges of the 21st century, transcending the boundaries of disciplines and specific industries. The series started with the panel discussion on Sustainable Energy. Good – and well?, which was opened by the mayor of the state capital Stuttgart.

Since the winter semester 2014/15, we have been hosting panel discussions with representatives from science, business, and interested parties; each semester at a different location in Stuttgart.

The goal of the initiative is to invigorate the knowledge transfer and dialog between urban society and the university and, most importantly, to contribute to the conversion of our living environment to sustainable structures.


Events so far

IRIS aims to critically reflect on intelligent systems, their principles, mechanisms, and effects with regard to larger social contexts. As the development and use of intelligent systems has the potential to fundamentally change our society, IRIS also wants to initiate public debates on issues related to the responsible design of intelligent systems and provide a forum for dialog and knowledge transfer between science and interested parties. The International Center for Cultural and Technological Studies (IZKT), which is an institutional member of the Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems, supports the public events and the knowledge transfer of IRIS. Please visit our project homepage for further information.


Events so far

Thanks to the support from the Berthold Leibinger Foundation, the IZKT invites internationally renowned cultural scientists to give a lecture in the series “Culture Theories”. The program gives an overview of current approaches to culture theory as they are being elaborated in sociology, philosophy, literature, media studies, and history. Culture theories identify the characteristics of culture or cultures, striving for a fundamental understanding of human expressions of life and their social interaction. With the lecture series “Culture Theories”, we are offering a discussion platform for internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary and cross-institutional work.


Lectures so far

During the lunch break, young scientists from our university present their research projects in a relaxed, humorous way that is comprehensible also for non-experts. After they have finished their talk, there will be an opportunity to ask questions, discuss the project presented, and have lunch. You can bring your own packed lunch, and we will provide drinks and a sweet surprise.


Events so far

A new dubiousness pervades our living conditions worldwide. The dream of global progress has given way to the sober realization of how ambivalent enlightenment remains, also in digital times. A hundred years ago, modernity was already understood as a time of disenchantment, which also took away the shining nimbus of progress.
In conversation with scientists, philosophers, poets, and reformers, Max Weber sought clarity on how to meaningfully confront the process of disenchantment. The series “Writing in Times of Disenchantment” is inspired by his curiosity and his idea of discussing visions of our reality in an argumentative discourse among a small group of people.

A collaborative project of the Literaturhaus Stuttgart, the Hospitalhof Stuttgart, and the IZKT of the University of Stuttgart


Events so far

One of the key ideas behind the “Stuttgart Future Speech” is to highlight our reflection on the future with the participation of personalities from literature, science, politics, culture, and interested parties. The “Stuttgart Future Speech” is a new format that takes place every two years and is a cooperation of the Literaturhaus Stuttgart, the IZKT of the University of Stuttgart, and the Evangelical Education Center Hospitalhof Stuttgart. Funding is provided by the city of Stuttgart and the Berthold Leibinger Foundation. We discuss questions about ideas, designs, and a new start for our social coexistence in the resonance space of history and, by means of this lecture series, we would like to carry them into urban society and beyond.

The first Stuttgart Future Speech was given by Daniel Kehlmann, one of the most distinguished German-language writers, on February 9, 2021. A workshop discussion with Daniel Kehlmann and students of the University of Stuttgart took place on February 10, 2021.

The next Stuttgart Future Speech is scheduled for early 2023.


Further information

The knowledge transfer project, which was initiated by the IZKT and funded by the University of Stuttgart, aims to reflect on the potential of research and teaching in the University of Stuttgart’s real world laboratorys ("Reallabor"), systematically process the generated knowledge on a methodological level, and make it accessible for permanent application. The “University of Stuttgart Reallabor Research & Open Science Portal”, which is yet to be established, is expected to contribute to the continuation of the Stuttgart real-world-laboratory-research. This knowledge platform is also intended to promote stronger links between science at the university, the city of Stuttgart, and civil-society partners in order to initiate new transformative projects.

Project partners: Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS), stuvus: Department for Sustainability in cooperation with the "Reallabor CampUS hoch i”,  the Green Office of the University of Stuttgart, the Office for Climate Protection of the city of Stuttgart, the Superblock Augustenstrasse initiative of the Verein Quartierswerkstatt Ausgustenstrasse e.V. (“the Urban-District Workshop Ausgustenstrasse Association”), and the Wanderbaumallee Stuttgart initiative.


Events so far

Information on our labs of teaching and learning as well as the Franco-German graduate colloquia can be found here.

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