Since TRACE was founded, an interdisciplinary group of scientists, philosophers and artists has been committed to neuroscientific memory research.

Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Blechinger
Prof. Dr. phil. Gerhard Blechinger studied art history, ethnology, aesthetics and design theory in Munich and Wuppertal. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Cukierman International. At the same time, he has been Chairman of the Board of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Foundation since 2023. He was President of the University of Applied Management for one year from 2022 to 2023 and was Rector of Salzburg University of Applied Sciences from 2015 to 2022. In April 2019, he was re-elected for a second term of office from October 2019. From 2011 to 2015, he was head of the Multimedia Art course at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. In addition to his previous position as Vice Rector Research and Development at the University of Art and Design and later as Head of the Institute of Design and Technology, he was Vice President of the Consortium of German Universities for the foundation of the Korean German Institute of Technology Seoul. Before that, he was Deputy Director of the Media Museum and Head of the Medialab at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).

Dr. Rainer Gabriel
Rainer Gabriel, philosopher of science, freelance artist (illustrator & author) and concept developer for multimedia applications. Since 2020, he and his partners have been developing an AI based on TRACE research to predict the emotional reactions triggered by architectural designs. Since 1999, he has been developing concepts for multimedia clients such as Deutsche Telekom, Sony Computer Entertainment and Sieger Design. Since 1997 he has been writing plays, sketches and one-liners for film, television and stage. Some of his artistic works have received awards, public funding and exhibitions. He was a member of the now disbanded research group "Culture & Strategy". The doctorate supervised by Prof. Dr. Heiner Mühlmann, title of the dissertation: Architektur als Gedankenzeichen und gezeichneter Gedanke - zu den kulturellen Einflüssen der westlichen Architektur und den kognitiven Aufgaben der Architektur (als erweiterter Phänotyp), was obtained in 2012. He graduated in communication design in 1998 as a student of Bazon Brock.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Grunwald
Studied phonetics, German and English in Marburg, Edinburgh and Cologne, and later medicine in Bonn. Epileptological work at the University Clinic for Epileptology, Bonn, and the Swiss Epilepsy Clinic, Zurich, until retirement in 2021. Since then, head of the Zurich Epilepsy Institute.

Prof. Dr. Martin Kurthen
Martin Kurthen studied medicine in Bochum and Bonn (Germany). He received his medical doctorate in 1985 for his dissertation on the concept of pain in the work of Ludwig Wittgen-stein. He has worked at the Departments of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Epileptology of the University of Bonn since 1986. His work has concentrated on the fields of epileptology, cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy. He received his postdoctoral qualification for clinical neuropsychology in 1992 for his habilitation treatise on “Neurosemantics”. He has been an Associate Professor for neurology and clinical neuropsychology at the University of Bonn since 1997, and Senior Neurologist at the Swiss Epilepsy Center in Zurich since 2005. He is the author of numerous journal articles and other publications on the analytic philoso-phy of mind, depth psychology, epileptology, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology.

Prof. Dr. Heiner Mühlmann
Heiner Mühlmann is a cultural theorist. He has taught at the University of Paris VIII, at the Universities of Münster and Wuppertal, at the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris. He is a professor at the Institute for Design and Technology at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He currently teaches at the ZHdK and at the HfG in Karlsruhe.

Dr. Nico Pezer
Nico Pezer completed his doctorate in phonetics and linguistic communication in Cologne in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, research and development work in the field of linguistic communication and speech pathology (aphasia and dysarthria). Thereafter, until 1993, research and development work in the fields of computer science and information media. During the same period, development and supervision of several projects in art and computer media. From 1997 research work in the neurosciences.

Prof. Dr. Jan Söffner
Jan Söffner holds the Chair of Cultural Theory and Cultural Analysis at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen. After studying German and Italian language and literature in Cologne, he worked at the Romance Department there, the Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin, the Morphomata International College in Cologne, the Romance Department at the University of Tübingen and as program director at the academic publisher Wilhelm Fink. He has written monographs on Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron (dissertation, 2005), on the literary theory of embodiment (2014), on metaphor theory (2015) and on George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire (2017).

Nicolas Stojek
Nicolas Stojek is currently completing his Master's degree in War and Conflict Studies at the University of Potsdam. During his bachelor studies in Education and Anthropology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, he came across the work of TRACE and reoriented his research interest towards the topic of war and cultural evolution. His focus is on researching escalation dynamics, particularly in the context of civil wars and terrorism.

Kurthen, Martin, some monographies:

  • Der Schmerz als medizinisches und philosophisches Problem (Würzburg, Königshausen & Neumann, 1984)
  • Psychologie als Individuation (Fellbach, Bonz, 1989)
  • Das Problem des Bewusstseins in der Kognitionswissenschaft (Stuttgart, Enke, 1990)
  • Neurosemantik (Stuttgart, Enke, 1992)
  • Hermeneutische Kognitionswissenschaft (Bonn, djre verlag, 1994)
  • Werbung für das Unmögliche (Wien, Passagen, 2001)
  • Die dritte Natur (Münster, LIT Verlag, 2004)
  • Black and White Posthumanism (Wien/New York, Springer, 2009) Info

Mühlmann, Heiner, some publications:

  • Natur der Kulturen (Wien/New York, Springer, 1996)
  • Ästhetische Theorie der Renaissance, Neuauflage (Bochum, Dolega, 2006)
  • MSC, Maximum Stress Cooperation (Wien/New York, Springer, 2004)
  • Jesus überlistet Darwin (Wien/New York, Springer, 2007).Info
  • Countdown - 3 Kunstgenerationen (Wien/New York, Springer, 2008)
  • Die Natur der Kulturen. Zweite, epistemologisch gekürzte Auflage (München, Fink, 2011)
  • Die Natur der arabischen Kultur (München, Fink, 2011)
  • Kants Irrtum. Kritik der Neuroästhetik (München, Fink, 2013)
  • Europa im Weltwirtschaftskrieg. Philosophie der Blasenwirtschaft (München, Fink, 2013)
  • Der Kunstkrieg. Das Haus der Deutschen Kunst, die Documenta und die CIA-MoMA-Connection (München, Fink, 2014) Info


July 2024 (expected)
Cultural Evolution: The European Philosophy of Tribal Humanism, Heiner Mühlmann Info

April 2024
The TRACE publication series moves to the Barbara Budrich publishing house.

January 2024
"Can Germany defend itself? A cultural evolutionary perspective on the turning point." Nicolas Stojek in: Austrian Military Journal 01/2024, 12-23.

January 2024
"Rule Guided Behavior and Violence - A Cultural Evolutionary Strategy to Foster Peaceful Cultural Entities." Gabriel et. al. In: Military Strategy Magazine 9/2

October 2023
"A dream of a trauma? Discussion of Isabel Hull's use of the concept of trauma in relation to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71." Nicolas Stojek In: Portal Militärgeschichte (DOI)

August 2023
"The Golden Years in Afghanistan - A Chronology from 1956-1973." Nicolas Stojek In: The Defence Horizon Journal

ANFA conference 2023, San Diego USA,Talk "Subconscious cultural inclusion effects triggered by architectural design"

Italian translation of "Nature of Culture"."Natura delle culture" out now