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  • 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 …

  • History

    Cinema and Scandal

    UZH historian Martin Bürgin researches films that caused an uproar – and he is bringing them back to the big screen in a special film series. More …

  • Economics

    The Costs of Having Children

    Well-to-do couples in developed countries are having fewer and fewer children. While this may be good in terms of global overpopulation, it has unsettling consequences for living together. More …

  • History

    The Cradle of Modernity

    Bernd Roeck has written a major book about a period of major importance – the Renaissance. The historian spoke to us about the turning point that laid the foundation for Western modernity. More …

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

    Under the Myanmar Sun

    Violence against the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, has thrust the country back into the international spotlight. Anthropologist Georg Winterberger spent time in Myanmar researching the lives of the majority Buddhist population there. More …

  • Psychology

    Speedy Swiss

    The pace of life differs depending on where in the world you are – in Switzerland it is the fastest of anywhere. That could be a good thing, but does it also lead us to work too hard? Why are so many workers suffering from stress and burning out? It doesn’t have to be this way. More …

  • Literature

    Feminism in the Age of Donald Trump

    Twenty-five years after the publication of Elisabeth Bronfen’s groundbreaking work Over Her Dead Body, Bronfen, Judith Butler, and other international stars of the feminist literary scene met at UZH for a symposium marking the book’s anniversary. More …

  • Psychology

    Overcoming Crises

    Why are some people better at coping with emotional stress than others? This is what resilience research wants to find out. An international group of psychologists has now come together to establish common principles for this fledgling field of research. More …

  • Men's studies

    Healthy Optimists

    Psychologist Ulrike Ehlert is looking into what keeps men over 40 healthy, fit, and satisfied. What’s important, she’s found, is an optimistic outlook on life and regular physical exercise. More …

  • Political Science

    “Withdrawing into a shell of nationalism”

    New US president Donald Trump is preaching national egotism, and all over Europe nationalist parties are gaining ground. In this interview political scientist Stefanie Walter explains what this means for the future of world trade and the post-war world order. More …

  • UZH Digital Society Initiative

    "This child is going to make us very proud."

    Prominent figures from business and politics gathered in the main lecture hall to kick off the UZH Digital Society Initiative. It’s designed as a vehicle to enable the University to take a leading role in digital transformation. More …

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