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Virtual Lecture Series 2021/22


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


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]

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

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