Isabella Hermann

Political Scientist


Main focus: Science-Fiction and Politics

Twitter handle: @hermannbella

Websites/blogs: http://www.isabella-hermann.de/ , https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabella-hermann/

Languages: German, English

City: Berlin

State: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: science fiction

Services: Talk, Moderation, Workshop management, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  I don't want to talk for nonprofit.

Personal note:

Dr. Isabella Hermann is an analyst and speaker in the area of science-fiction. Holding a doctorate in political science, she focuses on the question of how the genre reflects new technologies, socio-political value systems and global politics.

This includes topics such as artificial intelligence and robotics as well as climate change and Mars colonisation or even mobility and education – science-fiction basically provides a commentary on the present “from the future” on every topic that concerns us right now.

Science-fiction oscillates between what is indeed technically and socially imaginable and what is metaphorical – allowing for two very different levels of interpretation, which is what makes the genre so fascinating.

Science fiction often paints negative and dystopian images of the future as a critique of existing structures. However, we can also find inspiring designs of positive futures – up to the development of one's own science fiction stories of a better future in various workshop formats.

Bio:

Studies of Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (2004-2008) and PhD in International Relations at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main (2009-2014).

Work experience as desk officer at a political foundation (2015-2017) and as a consultant at a political advisory firm (2017/2018); steering of a working group on Artificial Intelligence & Human Responsibility at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2018-2021); Programme Director of the Present Futures Forum at the Technical University of Berlin (2021).

Currently member of the board of Stiftung Zukunft Berlin (since 2022).

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Bildung aus der Zukunft (2022/2023)

Vordenkerinnen und Vordenker bedienen sich immer wieder der Entwürfe aus Science-Fiction-Literatur und -Filmen. Schon oft war dies die Grundlage für bahnbrechende Neuerungen. Wir stellen uns die Frage, was wir für den Bildungsbereich aus Science-Fiction lernen können. Welche Impulse geben uns Zukunftsvisionen für die Bildung und die aktuellen Herausforderungen, die mit dem Lernen in einer digitalen Gesellschaft verbunden sind?

Begleitung der Kampagne des Westermann Verlages zum Thema "Bildung aus der Zukunft" mit drei Vorträgen (1xdigital, 2xPräsenz) sowie Interviews, Blogposts sowie Leitung eines Workshops für Lehrer:innen zum Einsatz von Science-Fiction im Unterricht.

This talk is in: German
The Anti-Dystopian Congress (2021)

In memory of the science fiction author Stanislaw Lem, who would celebrate his 100th birthday this year, we organize “The Anti-Dystopian Congress”. The proposition: the future will be imperfect and chaotic, but we can make it a better place against all odds.

Concept and curation of the two-day, digital "Anti-Dystopian Congress" of five Eastern European Goethe-Instituts with diverse Panels, Discussions and Interventions - includign the moderation of the opening keynote my Cory Doctorow.

This talk is in: English
Moderation einer Diskussionsveranstaltung des Bundespresseamtes zum Thema "Künstliche Intelligenz" (2020)

KI zwischen Verheißung und Verdammung - Meinungen anstelle von Wissen: Das BPA hatte gemeinsam mit der "Einstein Stiftung Berlin" zu der Veranstaltung "Digitale Arbeitswelt und intelligente Medizin - KI im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft, Gesellschaft und Politik" eingeladen. Exemplarisch wurden die Themen "Arbeitswelt und Gesundheit" im Kontext von Wissenschaft, praktischer Umsetzung und politischen Rahmenbedingungen aufgegriffen.

Mit dabei: Zwei Bundes-Staatssekretäre, ausgewiesene Wissenschafter:innen sowie Unternehmer.

This talk is in: German