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Job Opening: Student Assistant (m/f/d) in the project "Reinterpreting the alternative script?" (m/w/d) (41h/month). Reference code: SCRIPTS_Kostka_SHK2022

SCRIPTS is seeking a student assistant (m/f/d) in the research project “Reinterpreting the alternative script? War in Ukraine, state-sponsored narratives of block building in authoritarian countries and their public perception” with 41 hours/month limited to 2 years. DEADLINE: 16 Aug 2022

News from Aug 03, 2022

About the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)” is a research consortium that analyses the contemporary controversies about the model of liberal democracy and the market economy. The term “liberal script” relates to a set of ideas and institutional prescriptions about how society is organised based on the core principle of individual self-determination. The main purpose of SCRIPTS is to understand why the liberal model of order has fallen into crisis despite its political, economic, and social achievements.

SCRIPTS has been operating since 2019 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until the end of 2025. The Cluster is hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin and it unites eight major Berlin-based research institutes: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Hertie School, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW), the Leibniz Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and the Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO). Cluster research teams are made up of doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and professors from social and area studies. SCRIPTS is well connected with research institutes and knowledge exchange partners throughout the world, including political and cultural organisations, as well as civil society actors. In addition, SCRIPTS brings renowned visiting scholars from all over the world to Berlin.

The cluster's diverse research projects span the various partner institutions and thematic areas that the cluster researches and offer the opportunity to gain insight into the work of a large research network.

About the Research Project

The project of Prof. Genia Kostka and Prof. Alexander Libman analyzes the construction of ‘alternative’ narratives by authoritarian governments competing against the liberal script and the way these narratives are perceived, reinterpreted and negotiated by the population of their countries. The focus is on Russia and China and the narratives their regimes supply with respect to the war in Ukraine and the development of new dividing lines, blocks and alliances in the world associated with this war. More information here.


  • Assistance with scientific research and bibliography work. Topics: Propaganda, international politics, Ukraine crisis, social media analysis, China's digital transformation, Russia-China comparison.


  • Studies in Chinese Studies / Sinology, Political Science or Economics, or another subject with a focus on China
  • At least good language skills in modern Chinese and English

Further questions can be directed to Ms. Lu Bai (lu.bai@fu-berlin.de / 030-838 51280)

The selection is made according to the SCRIPTS diversity guidelines.


Applications should be sent electronically by e-mail until 16 August 2022 with relevant documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, and a valid certificate of enrolment) in PDF format and stating the reference code SCRIPTS_SHK_Human Rights (preferably as one document) to Ms. Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka via lu.bai@fu-berlin.de or postal to

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften

Ostasien und Vorderer Orient

Exzellenzcluster "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS)

Ms. Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka

Fabeckstr. 23-25

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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