About the IKKM


The Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) is an institute of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. It is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research’s Käte Hamburger Program. The IKKM works on the basis of invited fellows and a permanent academic staff. The field of research is centered around the question how the relation between humans and things can and maybe must be approached in an age of highly technicised media societies. The Free State of Thuringia is supporting the IKKM’s Junior Fellow and Research Fellow Programs from the state fund ProExzellen.

The Institute is a research establishment based on the fellow principle. Up to ten fellows reside for one or two semesters at any one time in Weimar, working on a self-contained research project there. In 2008, the first year of the Institute, we were already able to welcome eight international fellows in Weimar. The Institute’s personnel infrastructure consists, in the first instance, of the two directors Professor Lorenz Engell (Professor of Media Philosophy) and Professor Bernhard Siegert (Professor of History and Theory of Cultural Technologies), whose Chairs in the Faculty of Media are being filled by substitute appointments and who are running the Institute. They are supported in their work by six researchers and lecturers, three of whom are working on their dissertations and three of whom already hold doctorates, as well as eight research assistants. An Advisory Board including professors Jacques Aumont, Raymond Bellour, Hans Belting, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Linda Henderson, and John Durham Peters advises on the academic work of the Institute, particularly the appointment of new fellows.

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