Final 2016 Kolleg Programme & Abstract Book: TIME (click here)

LOCATION: Munk Center, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

DATES: May 5 – 8, 2016








The Kolleg focused on the theme of “Time“ held in Toronto from May 5-8 was highly

successful, bringing together a total 95 scholars which included 31 Early Career Scholars, 12

Other Scholars and 22 DAAD alumni. The expenses related to the 22 DAAD Alumni are

covered by a separate grant from the DAAD. Thus, the costs of the 73 participants who are not

DAAD Alumni are counted in the in the funding request to the AvH.

Feedback from all attendees of the conference were universally positive. There were several

factors which contributed to the success of the programme.

1. The choice of ‚Time‘ as a central theme.

The theme allowed participation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, with

enthusiastic response to our initial call for papers. Indeed, several submissions, late in the

planning of the conference, could not be fitted into the programme due to constraints within

the 3-day programme. As evidenced by the papers presented, this Kolleg showcased a truly

multi-disciplinary academic exchange amongst scholars at throughout the conference.

2. The 3-day duration of the conference.

Three full days allowed for scheduling of general sessions with talks from scholars across

disciplines to facilitate multi-disciplinary exchange. The concurrent session, which were

programmed with speakers within the same/similardisciplines allowed for more indepth

content-specific discussions. Moreover, as can be seen in the attached programme, all

sessions included talks from both early and established scholars with the view of generating

and fostering discussions amongst potential mentors and mentees. The duration of the

meeting also allowed for ample time during breaks to allow discussions initiated within

sessions to continue at more informal settings.

3. The venue.

The Campbell Conference Centre, embedded in the Munk School of Global Affairs, was

specifically chosen to foster discussion and networking. Designed in the tradition of

Oxford University College quadrants with the meeting rooms at each side of the central

quadrant, the open spaces in the quadrant (both indoor and outdoor) with benches and

tables allowed for conversations in an informal setting throughout the 3 days of the

conferences. Indeed, the both indoor and outdoor spaces were much used by the delegates

for conversations during the breaks throughout the meeting.

4. Participation of 31 Early Career Scholars.

A concerted effort was made via contact with the DAAD, AvH alumni, personal meetings

with Post-Graduate Training Offices and International Relations Offices of the many

universities in Ontario and Quebec to invite Early Career Scholars to the Kolleg. Our

success in recruiting 31 Early Career Scholars was compounded by their active engagement

as Speakers, Session Chairs and Round-Table Discussion Leaders. The feedback from these

Early Career Scholars was outstanding with at least 3 who are now stimulated to actively

pursue further research studies in Germany.

5. The bus excursion to the wineries and dinner in the Niagara region on Saturday

afternoon and evening.

The setting allowed for much lively conversation amongst and between participating

scholars that was evident throughout the afternoon and evening. Despite the late hour (with

the bus arriving back in Toronto near midnight), the noise level on the bus was testimony of

the lively discussions amongst the delegates that continued well after our dinner round table



Note: Text above prepared by Prof. C-W Chow, HAC President and Kolleg Organizer