29 July 2022

Humbolt Residency Programme

Humboldt Residency Programme 

Humboldt Residency Programme

Illustration of crowd protesting for human rights with blank signs and flag

The numerous challenges facing us today – such as climate change, the emergence of zoonoses and the current COVID-19 pandemic – clearly demonstrate that the benefits to society as well as the visibility of scientifically generated knowledge partly depend on sharing ideas with other sectors of society.

Headed by annually changing hosts, the Humboldt Residency Programme seeks to bring together Humboldtians and other researchers with actors in civil society, journalists, entrepreneurs and artists to work on a common topic during the residency.

In the form of media formats, events and publications, this programme aims to generate tangible new impetus in academia, society and politics. The programme reinforces innovation by transdisciplinary cooperation beyond the boundaries of science.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Berlin Office)

Humboldt Residency Programme

Markgrafenstr. 37

10117 Berlin



Humboldt Residency Programme 2022

Creative Lead of the Cohort: Cynthia Miller-Idriss // Alumni*ae of the Humboldt Foundation: Julia Elad-Strenger, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Richard Mole, Mala Pandurang, Christa Rautenbach // Junior Researchers: Meili K. Criezis, Pasha Dashtgard, Nikola Karasová, Lea Kuhar, Alexander Stagnell // Civil Society Actors: Ronen Steinke, Angela Saini, Gayatri Parameswaran, Amina Atiq

Cohort 2022 (PDF, 2 MB): Humboldt-Residency-Programme_Cohort

Social cohesion

What is it that holds the world together? If we follow current developments around the globe, this question seems more urgent than ever. The rise in populist and authoritarian activity, increasing polarisation in the media, hate speech, right-wing radicalism and religious conflicts are eroding democratic life and social cohesion. At the same time, science, art and politics bear a special responsibility for explaining anti-democratic structures and connecting knowledge for the benefit of the community as a whole.

The Humboldt Residency Programme is designed not only to sound out current trends in social division but also new forms of (digital) communitarisation in its academic contexts and, at the same time, to address them in a creative and communicative fashion. By launching the Humboldt Residency Programme in spring 2022, the Humboldt Foundation is sending a signal on behalf of communality and cross-disciplinary collaborations both on the level of content and structure.


Creative Lead of the Cohort:

  • Prof. Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, American University, Washington D.C.

Alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:

  • Dr. Julia Elad-Strenger, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv
  • Prof. Dr. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Mole, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), London
  • Prof. Dr. Mala Pandurang, Dr. BMN College, Mumbai
  • Prof. Dr. Christa Rautenbach, North-West University, Potchefstroom

Junior Researchers:

  • Meili K. Criezis, American University, Washington D.C.
  • Pasha Dashtgard, University of California-Irvine
  • Dr. Nikola Karasová, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Lea Kuhar, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Ljubljana
  • Dr. Alexander Stagnell, Södertörn University, Huddinge
Journalists, Authors, Artists:
  • Dr. Ronen Steinke, Germany
  • Angela Saini, USA/UK
  • Gayatri Parameswaran, India/Germany
  • Amina Atiq, Yemen/UK

Humboldt Residency Diary

Every week, the participants of the Humboldt Residency Programme report on their personal highlights of living and working as an international and interdisciplinary team in Berlin.

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