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SCRIPTS in the Media

Judy Asks: Should NATO Admit Ukraine?

Even after the latest provocation from Moscow by massing troops on the border with Ukraine, NATO remains divided on this issue. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse gave her answer to this question in the series "Judy Asks" on Carnegie Europe.

Apr 15, 2021

"Anger can create momentum, but it can't work through problems."

Questions of identity politics are often discussed controversially. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau takes a differentiated look at the debate and explains why social and identity politics are not opposites. The interview is only available in German.

Apr 15, 2021

East German Identity(s): New Approaches to the Memory of the GDR

More than 30 years after German reunification, there are still major economic and identity differences between East and West Germany. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau spoke with Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk about this topic. The interviews are only available in German.

Apr 13, 2021

How Do We Become Less Angry?

After 13 months of Corona and numerous mistakes in the fight against the pandemic, anger is growing in Germany. How do we get out of it? Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau spoke to the Berliner Zeitung about this. The interview is only available in German.

Apr 12, 2021

A Shot In The Arm

While more than half of adults in the U.S. have received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the immunization program in Germany is progressing much more slowly.  Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Stefan Gosepath spoke to the Common Ground Podcast about German vaccination progress, problems with bureaucracy and vaccination tourism.

Apr 12, 2021

"The whole German society profited from exploitation"

Germany became a colonial power late in its history. But German colonialism was just as brutal and had similar consequences to those of other states, says principal investigator Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad in an interview with SPIEGEL Online. The interview is only available in German.

Apr 05, 2021

More Normality for Vaccinated People

While an increasing number of people in Germany are being vaccinated, a debate is emerging around the question of whether some NPIs can be lifted for fully vaccinated citizens. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Stefan Gosepath worries in an interview with Deutschlandfunk Kultur that this could lead to a loss of solidarity among the population. The interview is only available in German.

Apr 04, 2021

Towards a Reconfiguration of the Social Sciences in Times of Crisis

If the Covid 19 crisis shows us one thing, it is this: that we need to move quickly toward a new unity of the social sciences, one that is also capable of understanding difficult questions about differences between countries and proposing rational solutions to crises like this one. After all, other disciplines cannot be considered for this. A contribution by principal investigator Prof. Dr. Steffen Huck and SCRIPTS co-director Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn. The text is only available in German.

Apr 01, 2021

"The name of a child is a signal to the world"

With which name a baby is given is not a coincidence. On the contrary, it says a lot about the child's parents. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards talked to rbb about naming in Germany. The interview is only available in German.

Mar 22, 2021

Identity Politics and East Germany.

The debate on identity politics in Germany is predominantly conducted along the lines of race, religion and gender. The inequalities that still exist between East and West Germany, on the other hand, are hardly considered. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau on the question of how much identity politics the debate on East Germany can take? Dert article is only available in German.

Mar 14, 2021

"Mask Affair is Poison for Confidence"

The mask scandal plays into the hands of populists, says SCRIPTS co-director Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn in an interview with the "Südwest Presse". The interview is only available in German.

Mar 12, 2021

Democracy in Germany - this is how the political climate has changed

In a democracy like Germany, elections are fundamentally important for co-determination and political participation. Nevertheless, voter turnout is falling. At the same time, loyalty to specific parties is also declining. What is happening in Germany's political system right now? And why, more than 30 years after reunification, are there still such massive differences in the understanding of democracy and voting behavior between East and West? That's what the conversation between principal investigator Steffen Moderator and host Ursula Weidenfeld in the podcast "Tonspur Wissen" was centered on. The podcast is only available in German.

Mar 09, 2021

Stay on the ground!

What is the significance of flying after the Corona pandemic? Before the pandemic, flying was firmly part of science. Now it's becoming apparent what can be done virtually. Besides the savings in CO2 emissions, this also makes science fairer and saves costs that can benefit research, argues principal investigator Prof. Dr. Jürger Gerhards. The article and the interview are only available in German.

Mar 03, 2021

A Comedian for Ukraine

Two years ago, Volodymyr Selensky was elected president of Ukraine. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse gave her assessment of the current political situation in Ukraine on WDR. The audio feature is only available in German.

Mar 02, 2021

Migrant Naming

Migrants are more likely to give their daughters German-sounding names than their sons. Why is that?A new study by principal investigator Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhads and Dr. Julia Tuppat provides insights. FAZ and SPIEGEL reported on the study titled " Gendered Pathways to Integration: Why Immigrants’ Naming Practices Differ by the Child’s Gender ". The articles are only available in German.

Mar 02, 2021

Should Georgia Apply for EU Membership in 2024?

Our director Prof. Dr. Tanja Börzel commented on this question at the invitation of the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP).

Mar 01, 2021

History of Slavery

More than eleven million people were shipped across the Atlantic like goods between the 15th and 19th centuries. In his "History of Slavery," principal investigator Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckert shows that slavery still exists - and existed throughout the ages - even after it was abolished. Deutschlandfunk Kultur reviewed the book. The article is only available in German.

Feb 27, 2021

Post-Brexit Britain 2021: Who do we think we are‪?

It's been over a year since the UK officially left the EU on the 31st of January 2020 in a vote which was fuelled by decades of British Euroscepticism. With terms like 'remainer' and 'Brexiteer' now holding less significance, what are the new identities which have emerged for the British people? Scripts director Prof. Dr Tanja Börzel was interviewed on this question for the podcast "Stories of our Times".

Feb 23, 2021

"The only option now for policymakers is to communicate transparently."

Although the infection figures continue to stagnate at a high level, relaxations of the measures have been decided. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards sees this as a problematic signal to the population, as he tells T-Online. The article is only available in German.

Feb 22, 2021

Attitudes and Identities Across the Donbas Front Line

What has changed from 2016 to 2019? Five years after the onset of the war in eastern Ukraine, access to information from the war zone remains scarce, including about the daily lives, perceptions, and identities of the remaining resident population. In particular the non-government—controlled territories—the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DNR and LNR)—tend to remain beyond the reach of policymakers and researchers. Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse about a new ZOiS report which examines changes in public opinion in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, including the government- and non-government-controlled areas.

Feb 17, 2021