In the past year, the ReForm group has dealt a lot with the question of common terms. In internal workshops, members discussed definitions and reflected on points of connection between their own research foci or projects and ReForm. However, there were not only internal expert discussions; external guests enriched the campus debates in workshops and lecture series.
In addition to the internal workshops, one or two ReForm members cooperatively organise a semester programme of workshops, lecture series, and discussion forums in each semester of the project, bringing their respective research foci and perspectives to the campus. At the same time, this strengthens the (international) connections of the individual participants and brings new networking opportunities. The semester programmes are not only intended for the academic research community, but are also open to students and interested individuals. ReForm thus aims to open up a diverse discussion space that includes impulses and perspectives from many areas of our society.
The semester programmes started in the past summer semester of 2021 under the organisational and content management of Prof. Dr Harald Zepp together with PD Dr Luis Inostroza. The workshop “Metabolism – Exploring Transformative Material Processes through the Interactions between Man and Nature” took place in June 2021 with the participation of international guests such as Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester), Alf Hornborg (Lund University), Jason W. Moore (Binghamton University) and Joshua Newell (University of Michigan). It enriched the discussion on human participation in material transformation processes within the ReForm group. In the winter semester of 2021/22, Prof. Dr Michael Roos organised a lecture series on “Systemic Dynamics” with the participation of international guests such as Edmund Chattoe-Brown (University of Leicester) and the postdoctoral researcher of the ReForm project Dr Andreas Angourakis. The topics of this series are the appropriation of the world as well as the construction and dismantling of social structures and circuits with regard to resources. Thanks to Tina Asmussen, ReForm was also able to secure Guy Geltner (Monash University, AUS/University of Amsterdam, NL) as a guest speaker and source of inspiration. He gave a lecture on preventative healthcare among miners in Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries, entitled “Eat, Pray, Dig: Preventative Healthcare Among Miners in Europe, 1200-1600”.