Virtual Lecture Series & Early Career Networking Hour

In these times of climate change, pandemic, forced migration and increasing economic and political alienation, crisis talk is ubiquitous. While the world’s problems are unquestionably urgent, the current discourse of emergency risks aggravating them by privileging quick but ineffective reaction over the calm, reflexive analysis that is a necessary first step in combatting the woes besetting us. The objective of this lecture series is to provide an antidote to impulsive disaster talk through perceptive academic analysis. Outstanding researchers within the Aurora University Alliance will give engaging online lectures during the 2021–2022 academic year on cutting edge research within two broad domains, Sustainability & Climate Change and Culture: Diversity & Identity.
Each lecture will be followed by a virtual social hour for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers which will allow them to network with peers across the Aurora Alliance and start building the research teams that will deal with the challenges of the future.

Take the opportunity to meet your peers as well as renowned researchers from the Aurora partner universities. Expand your network and maybe even start new collaborations in your research area!

Programme Academic Year 2021/22

Sustainability & Climate Change
13 October 2021, 17:00–18:30 CETCircular innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship
Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart Bossink (Sustainability and Innovation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
18 November 2021, 17:00–18:30 CETInsect declines in the Anthropocene: Framing is everything
Prof. Dr. Jeff Harvey (Animal Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
17 February 2022, 17:00–18:30 CETPlaces to intervene in a system in crisis: Paradigm shift through Wellbeing Economy and Ecocide Law
Prof. Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir (Sustainability, University of Iceland)
23 March 2022, 17:00–18:30 CETMeasuring sustainable development
Doc. Mgr. Miroslav Syrovátka (Development & Environmental Studies, Palacký University Olomouc)
7 April 2022, 17:00–18:30 CETClimate policy and glacier change: the long-term legacy of being late
Dr. Fabien Maussion (Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck)
Culture: Diversity & Identity
27 October 2021, 17:00–18:30 CETIgnorance, ritual, abuse, and competition: The politics of Holocaust memory in the 21st century
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dirk Rupnow (History, University of Innsbruck)
11 November 2021, 17:00–18:30 CETHave you ever loved someone without housing? Houselessness and fundamental rights in a welfare state
Dr. Luisa Schneider (Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
16 February 2022, 17:00-18:30 CETHistorical and Literary Perspectives on Pandemics: The Need for a Gendered Response
Prof. Dr. Patricia Plummer (Postcolonial Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen)
24 March 2022, 17:00–18:30 CETIs there something new in ‘neo-nationalism’? Right-wing populism in historical perspective
Prof. Guðmundur Hálfdánarson (History, University of Iceland)
19 April 2022, 17:00–18:30 CETDecolonial approaches to laïcité as a mode to re-think contemporary Islamophobia
Prof. Nadia Kiwan (French and Francophone Studies, University of Aberdeen)


The lectures will take place on Zoom and the networking sessions on the interactive Wonder platform. You can register for individual dates or the entire series. Only registered participants will recieve the login information by email. You will receive a certificate for your participation afterwards.


The registration is possible under the following link:

Lecture series at a glance

AURORA Pilot Domains

Sustainability & Climate Change


Culture: Diversity & Identity Part 1


Culture: Diversity & Identity Part 2


More Pilot Domains will be covered with lectures in the coming academic years.


Dr. Toby Erik Wikström, University of Iceland &
Dr. Estefania Velilla, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Supported by: Graduate Center Plus, University of Duisburg-Essen


These activities are part of the EU co-funded AURORA Alliance project, more specifically they are part of WP 4.2.


Dr. Toby Erik Wikström, University of Iceland tew[at]hi.is

Dr. Estefania Velilla, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam e.velillaperdomo[at]vu.nl

Simon Kresmann, University of Duisburg-Essen simon.kresmann[at]uni-due.de

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