Date  Speaker  Topic  Literature 

Oct 15  Preparatory meeting


Nov 26  Patrick Wong  Gravitomagnetism  B. Mashhoon, Gravitoelectromagnetism: A Brief
Review,
arXiv:grqc/0311030v2; C. Kiefer and C. Weber, On the interaction of mesoscopic quantum systems with gravity, Annalen der Physik 14, 253–278 (2005), arXiv:grqc/0408010v2; C. Everitt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 221101 (2011), arXiv:1105.3456v1; for an English translation of the original Thirring–Lense papers with commentary, see B. Mashhoon, F. W. Hehl, and D. S. Theiss, On the Gravitational Effects of Rotating Masses: The ThirringLense Papers, Gen. Rel. Grav. 16, 711–750 (1984). 
Dec 3  Jens Boos  Topology of the Universe  M. LachièzeRey and J.P. Luminet, Cosmic
topology,
Physics Reports 254, 135–214 (1995), arXiv:grqc/9605010v2; J.P. Luminet, The Shape and Topology of the Universe, arXiv:0802.2236. 
Dec 17  Pranjal Dhole  The concept of energy in General Relativity

R. Wald, General Relativity (Chicago 1984), chap. 11.2: Energy. 
Jan 14  Uddhipan Thakur  Scalar–tensor theories of gravity  Y. Fujii und K.I. Maeda, The scalar–tensor
theory of gravitation (Cambridge 2003), chap. 1 to
3;
S. Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology (Wiley 1972), chap. 16.4; C. Brans und R. H. Dicke, Physical Review 124, 925–935 (1961). 
Jan 21  Ripunjay Acharya  The inflationary Universe  V. Mukhanov, Inflation: Homogeneous Limit,
arXiv:astroph/0511570; D. Baumann, TASI Lectures on Inflation, arXiv:0907.5424, lectures 2 and 3. 
Feb 4  Kamran Ghanei  Singularity theorems

R. Wald, General Relativity (Chicago
1984), chap. 9: Singularities;
S. Hawking und R. Penrose, The Nature of Space and Time (Princeton University Press 1996), or the German translation: Raum und Zeit (Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag 2000). 
April 15  Arezu Dehghanfar  The cosmological constant and Dark Energy  S. M. Carroll,
The cosmological constant;
S. Weinberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 61, 1–23 (1989). 
Further topics and literature
Topic  Literature 

How Einstein found his field equations  J. Norton, in: Einstein and the History of
general relativity,
eds.: D. Howard and J. Stachel (Birkhäuser 1989). 
The problem of the rotating disk  Landau and Lifschitz vol. II, chap. 89: The
rotation;
T. Kaluza, Physikalische Zeitschrift 11, 977–978 (1910). 
Exact solutions for gravitational waves  
Pulsars and gravitational waves  M. Kramer et al., Annalen der Physik 15,
34–42 (2006);
I. H. Stairs, Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing. 
Rotating black holes  J. Hartle, Gravity (AddisonWesley), Chap.
15;
M. Begelman and M. Rees, Gravity’s fatal attraction (2nd ed., Cambridge University Press 2010); P. Townsend, Black Holes, arXiv:grqc/9707012v1. 
Thermodynamics of black holes  
Einstein–Cartan theory 