The Research Group

The RG Representation defined its central concept via four key areas:

  • the different scientific usages of the term, which plays a central (if not undisputed) role in the theory and research practice of numerous single disciplines ("disciplinary knowledge")
  • the various media and forms of representation of knowledge in academia and the (information) society ("orchestrated knowledge" as well as the respective clichés presented to academics from the outside ("representation of academia")
  • the significance of (discipline-specific) previous knowledge for the academic work within a discipline as well as for the possibility of the perception of the world and the classificatioin of new knowledge in general ("implicit knowledge")
  • the representation of knowledge in consciousness and the feelings involved in this process ("knowledge representation")

The Research Group was founded in 2000, the first year of the Junge Akademie's existence. It concluded its work in summer 2005 when the founding members, the RG's longstanding spokesperson Eva-Maria Engelen among them, left the Junge Akademie.

Documentation of Events

Summer schools and conferences

The RG Representation organised two interdisciplinary and international summer schools entitled "The Junge Akademie of Emotions" as well as a conference on "Orchestrated Knowledge".

Encyclopedia of Ideas for the Future

In the context of this lecture series the Junge Akademie invited outstanding representatives from academia, politics, literature and art to imagine ideas concerning the future and present them to the public.


"Emotional Code of Law" and more

From the RG's work, books like the "Emotional Code of Law" emerged, as well as the workshop contribution "Scientists Are Crazy Men" and several articles.


The activities and publications of the RG Representation were acknowledged in a string of press reviews.



  • Eva-Maria Engelen


    Eva-Maria Engelen
    Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
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  • Nina Buchmann

    Nina Buchmann
    Geoecology / Botanics
    Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Schweiz)
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  • Björn Falkenburger

    Björn Falkenburger
    Technischen Universität Dresden
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  • Alexandra M. Freund

    Alexandra M. Freund
    Universität Zürich (Schweiz)
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  • Oliver Grau

    Oliver Grau
    Art History
    Donau-Universität Krems (Österreich)
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  • Andreas Keil

    Andreas Keil
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    University of Florida, Gainesville (USA)
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  • Rainer Maria Kiesow

    Rainer Maria Kiesow
    L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris (Frankreich)
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  • Julian Klein

    Julian Klein
    IKF - Institut für künstlerische Forschung, Berlin
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  • Martin Korte

    Martin Korte
    Technische Universität Braunschweig
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  • Katharina Landfester

    Katharina Landfester
    Engineering / Chemistry
    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz
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  • Henning Schmidgen

    Henning Schmidgen
    History of Science
    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
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