Academic Day 3 – Populism and Art Night

by Serra Morgil Although everyone knew that with the last academic day IstKon would also be over soon everybody was still very energetic, curious and very willing to debate about populism during the last academic day. The day started with the presentation of Dr. Nihan Toprakkiran, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of International Relations … Continue reading Academic Day 3 – Populism and Art Night

Great panelists, cool activities and Iftar in the Konstanz Mosque

by Serra Morgil A major study analysing speeches of leaders from 40 countries over two decades shows a surge in populism. This reveals how hot the issue of populism is nowadays. It was unthinkable that such a hot topic was not discussed during IstKon where bright and critical thinkers meet. In the third day of … Continue reading Great panelists, cool activities and Iftar in the Konstanz Mosque

A flower-y day trip, a castle and a BBQ with a view

by Katja Blöchlinger After a long party night at the Konstanzer club Berry’s, the next day started a little later. Everyone met in front of the entrance to the flower island Mainau with the sun finally shining. It is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, famous for its blossoming flowers in spring. The group split … Continue reading A flower-y day trip, a castle and a BBQ with a view

Democratic Innovations – Academic Day 1

by Felix Kube On Monday, the first academic day of IstKon 2019 took place. We met at the Ratssaal in the city hall, the beautifully renovated meeting room for the city council of Konstanz. Since the overall academic topic of this year’s exchange was Challenges to Democracy, our first topic to discuss was Democratic Innovations. … Continue reading Democratic Innovations – Academic Day 1

Of ceremonies, people in fountains and a nice dinner

by Katja Blöchlinger Sunday was the day for everyone who loves to dress up formally and to show off their favorite outfits: the dress code for the IstKon Student Exchange is traditionally interpreted as a mixture of “fancy pancy” and “formal western business attire”. We celebrated the official start of our exchange in the rooms … Continue reading Of ceremonies, people in fountains and a nice dinner

A warm welcome despite the German weather

by Katja Blöchlinger In the very early Istanbul morning, the Marmara University team got up and travelled to the newly opened Istanbul Airport. Everyone was excited to finally meet their co-organizers from Konstanz, with whom they have prepared the whole IstKon 2019 program. At the airport in Zurich, the 32 Istanbul participants were welcomed by … Continue reading A warm welcome despite the German weather

Border stories: Germany and Switzerland

by Katja Blöchlinger A special feature of Konstanz, one of the places involved in the IstKon Exchange, is its proximity to a country border: The border Germany shares with Switzerland. In this article, I present some facts about factors connecting the two countries' - and why (on some days) you can almost hear and see … Continue reading Border stories: Germany and Switzerland