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The image was captured during the final presentation »Scaling Nature (2): Fibers, Muscles, Bones« at weissensee school of art and design berlin. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«
The image was captured during the final presentation »Scaling Nature (2): Fibers, Muscles, Bones« at weissensee school of art and design berlin. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«

Editorial Dear Friends of »Matters of Activity«,

It has been a busy first month of 2020 with lots of events, lectures and presentations. During the 1st Cluster Day the projects defined what's ahead in 2020 and we are very much looking forward to it. In this issue, you will find some information on past and future conferences and workshops, calls as well as job offers at the Management Office.

Happy reading,
Your Science Communication Team
Antje Nestler, Eva Schmidt and Franziska Wegener

Liebe Freunde von »Matters of Activity«,

das Jahr 2020 hat mit einem geschäftigen Monat begonnen, mit vielen Veranstaltungen, Vorträgen und Präsentationen. Während des ersten Clustertages haben die Projekte an ihrer Agenda für 2020 gearbeitet und wir freuen uns sehr auf das, was vor uns liegt. In dieser Ausgabe finden Sie Informationen über vergangene und zukünftige Konferenzen und Workshops, Calls sowie Stellenangebote in der Geschäftsstelle.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen,
Ihr Team für Wissenschaftskommunikation
Antje Nestler, Eva Schmidt und Franziska Wegener

Visit at Studio 7.5
An Ethnographic Story by Maxime Le Calvé
Maxime le Calvé
In the kitchen of Studio 7.5 Carola Zwick and Burkhard Schmitz deliver a brief history of their company. Copyright: Maxime Le Calvé

Cutting On February 3rd the → Cutting project team went to visit the Studio 7.5 in Charlottenburg (Berlin). → Carola Zwick and Burkhart Schmitz told them about the birth of their studio, the development of their signature chairs, the relationship that they have built with the leading furniture company Herman Miller, and the role of materiality and prototype building in their creative process.

Follow the ↗ link to read the whole ethnographic story.

On Activity
A Joint Symposium on Activity and Materiality
Symposium »On Activity«. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«
Symposium »On Activity«. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«

Event | Symbolic Material | Weaving The symposium took the ongoing revolution in the understanding of matter in the natural sciences and the question of activity as its starting point, but focused on the answers of the humanities. The event on February 7th was jointly organised by the projects »Symbolic Material« and »Weaving«. A summary of the symposium, written by Michael Friedman and Karin Krauthausen, is available in German. → more

Das Symposium am 7. Februar ging aus von der anhaltenden Revolution im Verständnis von Materie und Aktivität in den Naturwissenschaften und stellte dabei die Antworten der Geisteswissenschaften in den Mittelpunkt. Die naturwissenschaftliche Forschung zu ›active matter‹ hat in den letzten Jahrzehnten erheblich an Bedeutung gewonnen und reicht heute in diverse Disziplinen (Chemie, Biologie, Physik und v.a. Materialwissenschaften) hinein.

Der Fokus auf der Aktivität organischer und anorganischer Materialien hat dabei ›en passant‹ auch wesentliche Konzepte verändert, die über die Naturwissenschaften hinaus Bedeutsamkeit besitzen, so zum Beispiel die Konzepte Materie, Leben, Selbstbewegung, Selbstorganisation und Selbststeuerung. Es verwundert daher nicht, dass sich parallel zu der Entwicklung in den Naturwissenschaften auch eine Entwicklung und Verschiebung der Perspektiven in den Geisteswissenschaften identifizieren lässt, die mit anderen Diskursen und Objekten, aber vergleichbarer Problemstellung nach der Emergenz und Transition von Strukturen fragt und vor allem Objekte über ihre Austauschprozesse, also über ihre situativen Bedingungen und damit ihre Umwelten definiert.

Der komplette Report, verfasst von Michael Friedman und Karin Krauthausen, ist → hier nachzulesen.

New MoA Members

Fariba Noorizadeh

Fariba Noorizadeh Vahed Dehkordi has been a PhD Candidate in the project → Weaving since February 2020.

She received her B.Sc. from Shahrekord University and her M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan, Iran.

Fariba has experiences of research in Algorithm, Computational Geometry, Motion Planning, Graph Theory and some applications in Wireless Sensor Network. Her MSc thesis is on Minimum Constraint Removal, the minimum number of obstacles that should be removed to have a collision free path between two points.

In her PhD Thesis she is working on how to analyze different types of weaving structures in space. → more

Between Body, Text and Image: Towards a Digital Atlas of Greco-Roman Anatomy
A Talk by Orly Lewis
»Dissection as a method of discovery« from the exhibition »The soul is an Octopus - Ancient Ideas of Life and the Body«. Copyright: Christoph Geiger
»Dissection as a method of discovery« from the exhibition »The soul is an Octopus - Ancient Ideas of Life and the Body«. Copyright: Christoph Geiger

Event Dr. Orly Lewis is a Research Fellow at The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She gave a talk at the Cluster on Febuary 19th, 10:00 am, about the relation between scientific (anatomical) phenomena and textual and visual depictions of the phenomena, in particular: the methods and challenges in designing and recreating 2D and 3D visualisations of Greco-Roman anatomical ideas based on the ancient textual descriptions. → more

Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Groups in the Field of AI
DFG Call for Proposals

Call Postdoctoral Candidates and Junior Professors with limited-term contracts at an early stage of their academic careers as well as holders of comparable qualification professorships are eligible to apply. Click ↗ here to find out more about the call. Draft proposals must be submitted in English via email by February 19th. Further information on the DFG’s strategic funding initiative in the field of artificial intelligence and the call for research and junior research groups can be found ↗ here.

Matters of Writing: How to Make the Text Write Itself
Immersive Workshop by Maxime Le Calvé on February 20th
Meditation as a matter of activity. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«
Meditation as a matter of activity. Copyright: »Matters of Activity«

Event | For Members The aim of this workshop was to share techniques and tools to overcome the obstacles that occur in academic writing, and in particular that of the dissertation. It allowed early-career-stage researchers to initiate an investigation into the journey of text making, and toward a sustainable balance that will contribute to a good quality of life and a high quality of writing. As a follow-up, »Shut Up and Write« sessions as well as thematic trainings will be offered within the Cluster. → more

Scholarships for the Transition from Master's to Doctorate
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin awards »Humboldt Research Track Scholarships«

News As part of the Excellence Strategy, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin once again awards »Humboldt Research Track Scholarships«.

The six-months scholarship aims at outstanding Master's students as well as graduates who plan to pursue a doctorate and helps recipients to prepare for their doctoral thesis. It provides a funding of 800€ per month. To enable more prospective Doctoral Candidates with disabilities or chronic illnesses to prepare for a doctorate, applications from this target group will be given particular consideration.

The current application period runs until February 29th, 2020 for funding starting May 1st, 2020. For more information on bridging funds, please visit the following website of the ↗ Humboldt Research Track Scholarship.

Future 3D Additive Manufacturing – 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems
Register now!

Event The registration for the 3DMM2O Conference 2020 (March 29th – April 2nd, 2020, Schöntal Monastery) is open until February 29th, 2020. Take part in the first iteration of the annual conference on topics surrounding 3D Additive Manufacturing organized by the Cluster of Excellence »3D Matter Made to Order« (3DMM2O). Renowned international speakers will present their research on 3D bioprinting, tissue engineering, neuronal organoids, development and physiology of the retina.

Register and send in your abstract now:

Become a Speaker at Soapbox Sciences
An Interactive Format to Bring Science to the People

Event ↗ Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting female scientists and the science they do. Their events transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. Soapbox Science will come to Berlin on June 27th, 2020 and registration is now open. Apply ↗ here until March 2nd to speak at Soapbox Science 2020.

TMS Language Mapping Analysis Revisited
A Preprint by Ziqian Wang, Lucius Samo Fekonja, Felix R. Dreyer, Peter Vajkoczy and Thomas Picht

News | Cutting | Publication Machine learning classification of 90 patients reveals distinct reorganization pattern in aphasic patients. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation allows to non-invasively and transiently disrupt local neuronal functioning. Its potential for mapping of language function is currently explored. → more

Research Assistant (m/f/d) – DR/062/20
with 100 % regular working time – E 13 TV-L HU limited until 31 December 2025

job The EXC »Matters of Activity« is looking for a Research Assistant from the field of Cultural History and Theory to support the project Material Form Function and the Deputy Director Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis → more

Der EXC »Matters of Activity« sucht zur Unterstützung des Projekts »Material Form Function« und der Co-Sprecherin Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis eine*n Wissenschaftliche*n Mitarbeiter*in aus dem Fachgebiet der Kulturwissenschaft

Language Assistant in the Administration (m/f/d) – DR/091/22
With 50 % Regular Working Time – E 9 TV-L HU (3rd-Party Funding Limited Until 31/12/2025)

job The Management Office of the Cluster is looking for an employee in the administration as a language assistant. → more

Die Geschäftsstelle des Clusters ist auf der Suche nach einer / einem Beschäftigten in der Verwaltung (m/w/d) als Fremdsprachenassistent*in.