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Elite Network of Bavaria

Funding for four new programs

Munich, 12/19/2012

The Elite Network of Bavaria has agreed to fund three International Doctoral Programs (IDPs) at LMU, one on “Evidence-Based Economics” (Coordinator: Professor Joachim Winter), one in the area of the Learning Sciences on “Scientific Thinking and Argumentation” (Professor Frank Fischer) and a third in Art History, entitled “MIMESIS: Munich Doctoral Program for Literature and the Arts” (Professors Christopher Balme and Tobias Döring). A proposal submitted by Dr. Philippe Cordez for a Junior Research Group on “Premodern Objects: An Archaeology of Empirical Experience” was also approved for funding.

International Doctoral Programs in profile

In “Evidence-Based Economics”, doctoral candidates will learn and utilize modern evidence-based methods of economic analysis, which enable one to predict and quantify the effects of diverse interventions on the economic decisions taken by individuals and corporate entities. 

The IDP on “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” will combine methodologies and insights drawn from Psychology, Educational Science and Subject-Specific Didactics. More specifically, graduate students will investigate how children, adolescents and adults process scientific evidence from various disciplines – including Biology, Mathematics and Medicine. The goal of the program is to identify optimal ways of communicating mathematical and scientific knowledge at all educational levels, from grade school to university.

In “MIMESIS: Munich Doctoral Program for Literature and the Arts”, major emphasis will be placed on theoretical perspectives, history-based approaches and cross-disciplinary studies. In particular, the role of mimesis – the imitation of nature and reality as a component of artistic representation – in literature, the theater, performance art, music, cinema, architecture and visual art will be explored.

The International Junior Research Group on “Premodern Objects: An Archaeology of Empirical Experience” has an art historical focus, and will attempt to reconstruct how objects were conceptualized and experienced in the premodern era. The new Group will be headed by Philippe Cordez. Born in France, Cordez is currently at the Institute of Art History (KHI) in Florence, and will move to Munich to take up an LMU Research Fellowship in April 2013.

Program structure

The three new IDPs have the following features in common: they offer a structured learning experience, have an interdisciplinary and distinctly international orientation, and will stimulate cooperation between different research institutions and specialisms. 

Each of the researchers involved in the IDPs has built up a broad network of international contacts, and graduate students enrolled in these programs can make systematic use of these circles of expertise. “Indeed, we believe that the essential strength of the IDP concept lies precisely in its being embedded in a wider network,” says Professor Joachim Winter, initiator of the program in “Evidence-Based Economics”. Professor Frank Fischer, who will coordinate “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation”, adds: “The program gives us an opportunity to strengthen international collaboration and to try out a unified doctoral studies program with professors at the universities of applied sciences. That is why the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Munich will also take part in our IDP.”

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