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Leopoldina Annual Assembly

Date: Friday, 23 to Saturday, 24 September 2016
Location: Leopoldina, Jägerberg 1, 06108 Halle (Saale)

Exchange is crucial for science. But what happens when that exchange becomes a one-way street? At the Leopoldina’s Annual Assembly 2016, scientists from various fields and disciplines will take a critical look at the global knowledge culture and discuss the accusation of cultural imperialism levelled at Western science. For it is clear that Western theories and methods are increasingly claiming universal validity.

By selecting this topic, the Leopoldina is responding to a conflict situation within the sciences that is similar to the economic, political and religious conflicts that are arising with globalisation. The two-day meeting will itself constitute an intercultural dialogue, featuring lectures from scientists from places as far flung as Israel, Saudi Arabia, China and Senegal. The speakers come from a wide range of fields including engineering, law, history and medicine.

On the evening of the first day of the conference, historian Prof. Jürgen Osterhammel ML of the University of Konstanz will explore where the limits of intercultural dialogue lie, looking at cases where resistance is so great it can only be described as hostility.

Prof. Dr. Otfried Höffe, member of the Leopoldina, is the scientific coordinator of the annual assembly 2016.

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