"Defence" is a catchphrase which is in vogue, and not just in politics. The question here is not only, what has to be defended against and what is being defended, but also what the manifold strategies of defence can be.
The research group is dedicated to the term "defence" in the broad sense of its meaning and contexts: as a military defensive strategy, as a means of control and prevention in terms of security policy, as social exclusion, as a biological reaction of the immune system or a psychological form of protection against irritants. In the context of several public events, including international conferences in Irvine (USA) and Berlin, the research group brought together members of Die Junge Akademie with cooperation partners from the social and cultural sciences, from biology and psychology as well as art, the military and secret services for an interdisciplinary dialogue.
The research group Defence was concluded when Eva Horn and Claus Pias left Die Junge Akademie in the summer of 2006.
Documentation of Events
The research group Defence has organised two international conferences. After the first successful conference in 2005 at the University of California (Irvine), a second conference was held in Berlin the following year.
Apart from the international conferences the research group organised a public evening lecture on the topic of "Networks – Net Wars – Narratives" as well as a panel discussion entitled "Terror in the Name of God? Islamic Violence and the Perspective of the Secret Services".