wordleThis conference focuses on the internationalization of the curricula – the integration of an international and intercultural dimension as well as a global perspective into the content of the curriculum and the learning and teaching processes.

We invite scholars and faculty, higher education staff members involved in curriculum development, such as program coordinators, staff members of International Offices, Teaching and Learning Centers, and Academic Program Development divisions, as well as students who share an interest in the topic to join us in exchanging ideas and elucidating future directions for German universities. 

Reverberations of Revolution 2016The third conference of the U4 network 'Reverberations of Revolution: Polical upheaval seen from afar' in cooperation with the early career research group 'Multiple Modernities' will take place in Göttingen from 23 to 25 June 2016.

The category of revolution is itself a product of translation, from Latin to French, English, German etc. What is more, without translations the reception of revolutionary events would have been impossible in a transnational public sphere. In spite of this, the impact of translations has been largely ignored in standard historical accounts of the Atlantic revolutions. The reception of revolutionary events, based on the translation of eyewitness accounts and revolutionary pamphlets, inspired new upheavals on both sides of the Atlantic. The medial conditions involved transnational networks of translators, many of them female. Hence a transatlantic public sphere, in which revolutionary narratives were disseminated, emerged to a high degree through practices of translation.

SPEAKERS: Sarah Adams (Ghent), Elizabeth Amann (Ghent), Anja Bandau (Hannover), Michael Boyden (Uppsala), Malte Griesse (Konstanz), Raphael Hörmann (Lancashire), Alessa Johns (UC Davis), Marion Löffler (Aberystwyth), Alison E. Martin (Reading), Jeremy D. Popkin (Kentucky)

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forward-5On 18 April the DAAD or German Academic Exchange Service ('Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst') hosted the conference 'Going Forward - Strategic Partnerships as a Driver for Internationalization' as one of the primary events in the context of the closing of the 1st funding period of the DAAD programme ‘Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks’.

The U4 network is one of 21 strategic partnerships and thematic networks to have received a project funding in the period 2013-2016. Not only the leading German partners were present, but also the international partners of the respective projects were invited to attend the conference and to share their experience. 

Rectors Meeting 2015 smallOn 15 and 16 November 2015 Uppsala University hosted the annual U4 rectors' conference, which provided the setting for the yearly evaluation of the U4 strategic partnership.

The rectors of the four partner universities gather at the rector's meeting to meet in conclave and debate the future perspectives and the strategy of the network. In addition, the representatives of the academic clusters and of several working groups took the opportunity to report on their activities in 2015 and to present their aims for the coming year.

The evaluation of 2015 was very positive. The U4 network entails more and more projects and in existing initiatives the cooperation gets increasingly intensive. In addition, there have never been more students and staff in exchange between the U4 partners than in 2015.

SSEL 2015 smallFrom 4 to 6 November 2015 a well attended conference of the cluster Social Sciences, Economics and Law (SSEL) 'Governance of a Contemporary Multilateral Institutional Architecture' was hosted by the University of Groningen.

This interdisciplinary topic brought 80 participants to "Het Kasteel", the venue of the conference in Groningen. 35 papers were presented, both by experienced and junior scholars. The cluster conference was well received by the participants who liked the setting in panels and the interdisciplinary character. Contacts for PhD cooperation were highly appreciated and input was given to broaden the scope of the conference with further focus on networking and deepening of contacts. To support this process, dates were set for specific workshops to be held.