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Welcome to the Panel on Planetary Thinking

"In times of crisis it is all the more evident that we have to say goodbye to narrow patterns of thought. The "Panel on Planetary Thinking" at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen overcomes the boundaries between disciplines and expands these in the sense of a planetary overall perspective. I am glad that the participating researchers are thus taking a closer look at the topic of "sustainability", which we have very consciously included in the Hessian Higher Education Pact 2021-2025. Among the higher education policy goals, it explicitly states that "Sustainability, in view of scientifically proven knowledge about the transgression of planetary boundaries, should play an important role in the actions of every university (planetary thinking)." (Angela Dorn, Hessian Minister for Science and Art)




16.06.2023 – Planetary Lecture: „Planetary Intersectionality: Feminism, Impermanence and the Radicalness of Simpleness" (Minna Salami)

The Panel on Planetary Thinking cordially invites you to a Planetary Lecture as part of the Salongespräche of the Stadttheater Gießen:

On June 16th, Minna Salami will give a lecture on “Planetary Intersectionality: Feminism, Impermanence and the Radicalness of Simpleness”. Our fellow Adenike Oladosu will introduce the discussion as a respondent. Further information can be found on our event page or on the Stadttheater's website.

The event will take place on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 pm in the Malersaal room of the Stadttheater Gießen. Please note that the “Salongespräche” format can only be attended after purchasing a ticket. If you are interested and have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

June 1rst & June 2nd 2023 – Planetary Spaces Summer Workshop: „Shrinking Spaces & Toxic Zones” (Adenike Oladosu & Jason Waite)


Together with this year’s fellows in the Planetary Scholars & Artists in Residence Program, we cordially invite you to the Planetary Spaces Summer Workshop.

The workshop will take place from 01.-02.06.2023 at Schloss Rauischholzhausen. We will take care of transportation to and from Gießen, as well as accommodation costs - we therefore ask for a binding registration by May 19th, 2023 at

The program consists of lectures, discussion rounds, interactive workshops, an exhibition, as well as outdoor activities. You can find more details in the flyer and on the event page Shrinking Spaces & Toxic Zones.

Flyer: Aravindi Muthuwahandi


May 31 2023 – Planetary Lecture-Performance: "Drift as a Planetary Phenomenon" (Bronislaw Szerszynski)

The Panel on Planetary Thinking warmly invites to the next hybrid instalment of our Planetary Lecture Series: On May 31 2023 at 6 pm, Bronislaw Szerszynski will be talking and performing on the topic “Drift as a Planetary Phenomenon”. Jason Waite, a Fellow in the current cohort of our Planetary Scholars & Artists in Residence Program and Sven Opitz (Professor for Sociology at Philipps University Marburg) will respond to the lecture and open the discussion.

Further informations are available here.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 31 at 6 pm in room AUB1 at Bismarckstraße 37, 35390 Gießen, and will be streamed online via BigBlueButton. Please register at  until the 30th of May.



April 25 2023 - A warm welcome to the new Planetary Scholars & Artists!

We are very pleased to welcome our two new fellows, Jason Waite and Adenike Oladosu, to our Planetary Hub! This year’s fellowship program focuses on the theme of PLANETARY SPACES. In the summer, our fellows will be looking at places that are changing due to long-term disasters such as climate change or radioactive contamination.

At our traditional welcome breakfast, we worked directly on the program of the Planetary Workshop series for the summer semester:“Shrinking Spaces & Toxic Zones” will take place from June 1-2 at Schloss Rauischholzhausen - you can register until May 19, 2023.

We are looking forward to an exciting semester!

Foto: Meike Wiegand

March 06, 2023: "Remain faithful to the earth!": "Review by Claus Leggewie of Markus Schroer's "Geosociology. The Earth as Space of Life" (german)


 On March 06, Claus Leggewie's  review of Marburg sociologist Markus Schoer's publication "Geosociology. The Earth as Space of Life". The book argues for the development of a new theoretical program of "environmental sociology" towards an expansion of sociological-perspective and methodological approaches in view of the challenges of the Anthropocene.


Winners Planetary Futures Competition 2022: Workshop Planetary Pedagogy at the Theaterlabor (20.-22.02.23)

Ecological catastrophes concern us all, civil society and scientific actors alike. This also applies to pedagogy as a discipline: crises of planetary magnitude, such as the climate crisis and mass extinction of species, require a new,a planetary pedagogy, in order to adequately grasp the dimensions of these phenomena. This new approach needs to include physical, affective, and material practices in addition to solely teaching factual knowledge.

This week, the winners of our Planetary Futures competition explored new concepts for teaching in a multi-sensory approach: Through a series of workshops, Carolina Mendonça, Luïza Luz, and Max Haiven offered sessions on Embodiment, Listening Pratices, Game-making and Performativity.

We thank the initiators Gerko Egert, Martina Ruhsam and Bojana Kunst for a successful event at the intersection between performance art, pedagogy and activism.

Podcast "Knowing Animals" 209: Liza Bauer on Teaching Animal Studies


Our scientific manager Liza Bauer was a guest on the podcast series "Knowing Animals" to talk about her research on Animal Studies, pedagogy and science fiction. The conversation was based on her publication "Reading the Stretch the Imagination: Exploring Representations of 'Livestock' in Literary Thought Experiments," which appeared translated to English in Multispecies Studies (2022) and in the original German version in InterspeziesLernen (2021).


January 2023: Second Call for Applications of our Planetary Futures Competition 


For the second time, the Panel on Planetary Thinking announces the Planetary Futures Competition Vol. II (2023). The aim is to provide financial support for transdisciplinary research projects that are in the initial stages of applying for external funding. Project ideas dedicated to researching planetary phenomena using innovative approaches and methods will be awarded funding of up to 5,000 euros. The main aim is to pave the way for explorative research projects that require a research practice beyond disciplinary boundaries and thus entail special risks, challenges and opportunities.


January 2023: Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class for Prof. Claus Leggewie


We congratulate our Scientific Director Claus Leggewie: On January 20, 2023 he was awarded the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his commitment to democracy and tolerance. For further information, please visit We would like to express our sincere gratitude for his commitment to the Panel, to the University of Giessen, and to his many activities far beyond.


Foto: Paul Müller

Press Release: Announcement Fellows “Planetary Spaces” for the first semester of 2023


 The Panel on Planetary Thinking is very pleased to welcome our Fellows for the first semester of 2023: Dr. Sibylle Anderl, Adenike Titilope Oladosu and Jason Waite will spend the summer semester as Resident Fellows researching planetary spaces to collaboratively develop new ideas for their own projects. A press release with detailed information about the Planetary Scholars & Artists in Residence program, as well as the projects of our Fellows can be found here.