Since 2018, the Wissenschaftskolleg has organised the Three Cultures Forum as a series of events. The title is inspired by Wolf Lepenies’ book Die drei Kulturen (Between Literature and Science: The Rise of Sociology) on the dissociation of the academic disciplines in the 19th century. The format is aimed exclusively at the Fellows of the respectively current cohort and at the goal of fostering exchange among the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Representatives of various disciplines discuss central concepts, questions, and problems to raise awareness of the diversity and differences among disciplinary perspectives, but also of surprising affinities.
2018/2019 "Sci HumForum"
- 20.9.2018: Evolution! Interdisciplinary Gathering around Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859)
- 11.10.2018: What We Mean When We Say "Evolution"… Comments on the Concept from the Perspective of Twelve Different Disciplines
- 29.11.2018: Exploring "Cultural Evolution"
- 17.1.2019: Struggling with Narrative: Evolution and Beyond
- 14.2.2019: The Evolution of Genre
- 1.4.2019: The Evolution of (Non-)violence: Discussing Steven Pinker’s Interpretation of Human History
- 11.6.2019: Why Should a Contemporary Biologist Read History of Science? Why Should a Historian of Science Read Contemporary Biology?
2019/2020 "Fruitful Frictions Forum"
- 24.10.2019: Revisiting a Classic: “Between Literature and Science: The Rise of Sociology” by Wolf Lepenies
- 27.11.2019: Context, Frame, Environment
- 5.12.2019: Sex, Gender and Sexuality
- 16.1.2020: Humans on Humans: How to Conceptualize and Regulate Good Research Practices
- 5.3.2020: “Sokal Reloaded”: On Hoaxes and What Can(’t) Be Learned from Them
- 12.11.2020: What Is Data?
- 2.12.2020: Competition and Rivalry: What Is Won, What Is Lost?
- 14.1.2021: Is Religion an Evolutionary Adaptation or a Spandrel?
- 24.2.2021: Genre, Species, (Ideal)type: On Categorization and the Challenge of Change
- 18.3.2021: Turning a Blind Eye? On Exceptions, Anomalies, and Outliers
- 21.4.2021: Systematizing "Race": Practices and Theories in an Emerging Modern World
- 12.5.2021: “Race” as a Category of Analysis? Debates in Human, Social, and Natural Sciences
- 18.11.2021: Living with Diversities
- 9.12.2021: Fourty-Two: On the Difficult Art of Formulating Meaningful Answers
- 10.3.2022: Cheating and Tweeting
- 30.3.2022: Narrating Nature: Podcasts as a Medium
- 11.5.2022: Reality
- 3.11.2022: The Promise and Perils of Metaphors
- 7.12.2022: Does the Gingko Have a Gender?