by Katja Blöchlinger On Wednesday the IstKon crowd had time to take a deep dive into the topic of gender. After a short walk over the Swiss border to the location, everyone was handed out green and red cards. The Academic Team prepared a selection of quotes from all over the world and the audience … Continue reading Academic Day 2 – Gender
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
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
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
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
Today is the day! The Istanbul Core Team, organizers and participants are finally arriving in Konstanz. Our program starts with a pub crawl in the Konstanz old town. Everyone will get to know their buddy. The buddy system is a vital part of our exchange: all participants are assigned a partner from the other team. … Continue reading Welcome to IstKon 2019 in Konstanz!
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