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  • Political Science

    “Media loss is a threat to democracy”

    The less the press report on local politics, the lower the voter turnout in the municipalities, a study by political scientist Daniel Kübler has shown. He warns that the crisis of local journalism poses a threat to democracy. More …

  • Latin American Center

    “Interdisciplinarity is our trademark”

    The second edition of the Tschudi Lecture in honor of the polymath from Glarus, Johann Jakob von Tschudi, takes place next week. For the University’s relatively new Latin American Center, the event presents an opportunity to consolidate its reputation. More …

  • Death and Dying

    A Legacy on Film

    The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine is presenting a series of events devoted to the topic of film and dying. On Tuesday the discussion focused on the film Vergiss mein nicht. More …

  • Eastern European Studies

    “Russia has not yet found its place in the world”

    A dangerous dynamic is developing in Russia’s foreign policy, says UZH Professor Jeronim Perović in an interview. He is director of the Center for Eastern European Studies at UZH, which opens next week with a discussion event on the subject of “Russia and the West”. More …

  • Talk im Turm

    Discussing Educational Opportunities and Fair Taxation

    At the latest Talk im Turm event, educational scientist Katharina Maag Merki and economist Florian Scheuer discussed equal opportunities in education and a tax system that provides performance incentives rather than merely redistributing wealth. More …

  • Cultural Studies

    Wolf Territories

    Wolves are here and making political waves: their presence is fueling wild debate about different moral values, and even causing cantonal boundaries to be redrawn. These are the findings of researchers at the UZH Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. More …

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

    Dried Stars

    Star anise is a popular spice used in cooking and also known for its medicinal properties. Social and cultural anthropologist Annuska Derks follows the fruit from its cultivation in Vietnam on its journey through a globalized world. More …

  • Technology and Philosophy

    The Hype Surrounding Artificial Intelligence

    What are the philosophical questions that we need to debate in connection with artificial intelligence? UZH sociologist of law Christoph Graber organized a workshop on this topic at UZH in cooperation with Harvard University. More …

  • Education

    Pupils without Pigeonholes

    The Swiss education system is full of hurdles. For children from less privileged families, navigating the route to university is tough. Reforming the system could change that More …

  • Psychology

    "Leave the mobile phone in your bag"

    The first thing many of us think about in the morning is our mobile phone. Indeed, our daily lives are dominated by smartphones. According to psychologist Theda Radtke, we should deliberately keep our mobile phones out of sight as well as out of the hands of small children. By Thomas Gull and Roger Nickl More …

  • Essay

    Science Fiction Enriches Ethical Discourse

    Science fiction in literature and film can offer us insights into ethics for the post-human age, says Johann Roduit. On the occasion of the 50th birthday of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the UZH ethicist has launched a series of events. More …

  • Portrait

    Sport with Head and Heart

    Triathlete and cultural studies scholar Yonca Krahn researches the links between space, sport, and the body. More …

  • Exhibition

    Pacific Entanglements

    The new exhibition in the Johann Jacobs Museum focuses on Japan's rise as a global power. The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the professorial chairs of UZH art historian Hans Bjarne Thomsen and UZH historian Martin Dusinberre. More …

  • Communications research

    Learning to Surf

    The Swiss National Science Foundation elected UZH communications scholar Eszter Hargittai to be a member of its National Research Council from April 2018 onwards. Her research focuses among other things on the different ways in which people can benefit from the internet. More …

  • Digitalization

    Democracy under Pressure

    The 10th edition of the Aarau Democracy Days is dedicated among other things to looking into the effects of digitalization on democracy. In his essay, UZH political science scholar Uwe Serdült discusses the potential of digitalization to change our day-to-day political life. He makes the case for using the opportunities of digital democracy in a constructive way. More …

  • Talk im Turm

    Wormholes and the Cradle of Modernity

    Screws, glasses, printing: The inventions of the Renaissance triggered a dramatic surge in development. Will digitalization have a comparable impact on modern society? Historian Bernd Roeck and physicist Titus Neupert debated the question at UZH’s Talk im Turm podium discussion. More …

  • Film Studies

    Utopian Cinema

    Movies such as Blade Runner paint a grim picture of the future. Positive utopias, hardly ever seen in entertainment cinema, have found a home in documentaries. Film studies scholar Simon Spiegel tells us why. More …

  • Japanese Studies

    Water Clocks and Eternity

    Medieval Japan wasn’t a pre-modern timeless paradise, says Raji C. Steineck. The Japanese studies scholar is examining the nature of time and researching how time is perceived in the land of the rising sun. More …

  • Philosophy

    “The freedom of thought appealed to me”

    The first-ever Zurich Philosophy Festival kicks off next week. The theme: “Me, Me, Me.” We spoke to the man behind the festival, UZH philosophy student Urs Siegfried. More …

  • Social Policy

    “Investment instead of insurance”

    Polarization in Swiss politics makes the country less able to reform, says political scientist Silja Häusermann. She wants to see a welfare state that helps people to stay in the employment market. More …

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