March 2022: Best Presentation Award for GRK-Fellow Jasmin Glock

Jasmin Glock received the Best Presentation Award by the XVI. International Conference on Disability and Media in Miami. Her presentation "Disability Representation in Children's Programs: A Critical Analysis of Nickolodeon's Avatar" convinced the jury who praised it as an "outstanding work". The conference presentation is part of Jasmin Glock's PhD research on "Diseases and Disabilities in North-American Gothic Fiction". Congratulations, Jasmin!

Read more about her work.

February 2022: Postdoctoral Fellow Junior Scholar Award for GRK-Fellow Fabian Hennig

Fabian Hennig received the Postdoctoral Fellow Junior Scholar Award for his presentation at Reproductive Ethics Conference in Texas.
His conference paper on "Thermic Male Contraception – History, Recent Challenges, and Ethical Implications" convinced the jury and was praised as outstanding among a number of excellent talks by junior scholars. Congratulations, Fabian!

Read more about his research.

December 2021: JGU Magazine features GRK-Alumna Dr. Davina Höll on occasion of receiving the prestigeuous "Deutsche Studienpreis 2021" by the Körber Foundation for her outstandin research

Last July, the Körber Foundation awarded Dr. Davina Höll the "Deutsche Studienpreis 2021" for her extraordinary work on the role of the Cholera in 19th century literature.

Just in time for the official award ceremony, JGU Magazine features Dr. Davina Höll in an in-depth article giving us insight both in her outstanding research and in her thoughts on the applicability of literary studies and on building bridges between the Humanities and Life Sciences.

Read the full article at JGU Magazine.

December 2021: Job offer for Student Employees

The Research Training Group is looking for a student employee, starting March 2022.
More information (PDF).

July 2021: GRK-Alumna Dr. Davina Höll receives prestigeous "Deutsche Studienpreis 2021" by the Körber Foundation

GRK-Alumna Dr. Davina Höll has been awarded the prestigeous "Deutsche Studienpreis 2021" for her outstanding dissertation on the role of the Cholera in 19th century literature. In her research, Dr. Davina Höll explores what literature can contribute to the process of making sense of and coping with a worldwide pandemic. Literature, as Davina Höll suggests, does not only provide a way to process the hardship and horror of a pandemic, but contributes to this processing in a unique way by creating its own knowledge about plagues and diseases. In this sense, literature in itself can be a "powerful instrument" in coping with one's own powerlessness. A research, that started well before the current Covid pandemic, but couldn't have been more timely and much needed.

We congratulate Dr. Davina Höll very much for this outstanding award and well-earned praise of her excellent work!

You can read the full press release by the Körber Foundation here.

June 2021: GRK-Alumna Dr. Davina Höll in the final round for the "Deutsche Studienpreis 2021"

GRK-Alumna Dr. Davina Höll has been nominated as one of 32 finalist for the prestigeous "Deutsche Studienpreis" (out of 700 candidates in three section). On July, 2nd, she will present her research on the Cholera in front of an expert jury, together with only 9 other nominees in the Humanities section. The prestigeous price, whose patron is President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble, is awarded yearly by the Körber Foundation for outstanding and socially relevant dissertations. Congratulations and best luck for the final round!

June 2021: Interview by the RBB with GRK-fellow Fabian Hennig about (in)equality regarding contraceptives

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Pill, the RBB asks why there's still no equality with regard to contraceptives. Read the full article here (in German).

March 2021: GRK-Alumna Davina Höll receives Johannes Gutenberg University Prize

Davina Höll, GRK-Alumna and former junior member of the Gutenberg Aacademy receives this year's Johannes Gutenberg University Prize of Faculty 05, Philosophy and Philology for her PhD thesis „Politik und Poetik der Cholera in der Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts". The Faculty 05 awards each year the graduates who have written the most excellent and outstanding dissertations.

January 2021: New joint publication on the Opioid Crisis

New joint publication by GRK-Fellow Roxana Damiescu and faculty members Prof. Thomas Efferth, Prof. Mita Banerjee, Prof. Norbert W. Paul as well as Dr. David Yue-Wei Lee takes a closer look on the current Opioid Crisis: "Health(care) in the Crisis: Reflections in Science and Society on Opioid Addiction", published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Read the full article here.

17.12.2020: Vaccination survey by the Institute for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine

Just in time for the start of the first Covid-19 vaccinations in Germany the Institute for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine in Mainz conducted a survey on public opinion on the moral intuitions of the Covid-19 vaccine distribution. The survey was conducted from December 18 until January 8. First results are now online at Ärzteblatt online. Read the full article here.

For further information on the German vaccine distribuition strategy have a look at this SWR interview with Prof. Paul and this article by the Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz.

November 2020: Two More Fellows of the 2nd Cohorte Have Successfully Completed Their PhDs

We are very happy to congratulate Eva Klein and Davina Höll on successfully completing their PhDs. Eva Klein obtained her doctorate with a dissertation on Migration and Mental Health, while Davina Höll explored the Politics and Poetics of the Cholera in 19th Century Literature.

26.10.2020: First Fellow of the Second Cohorte Completes her PhD

We are very pleased to congratulate Hamideh Mahdiani on completing her PhD in American Studies. Her dissertation on "Resilience Research: A Narrative Studies" takes an innovative and unique look at resilence research studies and the power of narratives.


21.10.2020: New Project on the Treatment of Lung Cancer granted by EU/DLR

The EU and the DLR (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum) granted the project "Personalized multimodal therapies for the treatment of lung cancer". The project, which is lead by Prof. Bockamp, Institut of Translational Immunology (TIM) at the University Medical Center, aims at researching innovative tumor therapies for lung cancer. The project will start in Mai 2021. Prof. Paul and his team at the Institute for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine will research the Ethical implications of personalized multimodal therapies.


13.10.2020: "Giving more attention to neglected tropical diseases"

JGU Magazine features the work of Prof. Ute Hellmich and Eric Schwegler on tropical illnesses. Read the full article here.