- The American dream and a hankering for Europe
Originally, historian Sven Beckert had only intended to study at New York's Columbia University and then return to Germany. But one year turned into eighteen. Now however, as a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award Winner, Beckert is spending a longer period in Germany for the first time again. Kosmos talked to him about the advantages of American universities, what frustrates German doctoral candidates and his newly discovered enthusiasm about living in Europe.
- Power to the academics
The Chilean political scholar Carlos Huneeus was the first Ambassador of the Aylwin administration in Germany. Kosmos talked to him about his moving between politics and science.
- Right in between - what an opportunity!
Poland is terra incognita to most West European academics. Irena Lipowicz thinks this ought to change. The Ambassador for German-Polish Relations speaks about her country's image in Europe, the tough measures required during the run-up to accession to the EU and jokes that are no longer funny for young Poles.
- Literature is a culinary pleasure
Vilmos Agel is one of the few foreign professors of German language and literature in Germany. Here, he tells Kosmos about his love of the German language, his astonishment at German tourists speaking English and the myth of the language's demise.