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Discussion | Futuring the Liberal Script #8: Russland und der Westen | Silent Green, Berlin

Nov 15, 2023 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Katharina Bluhm in conversation with Sabine Fischer, moderated by Volker Wieprecht as part of the conversation series "Futuring the Liberal Script" at silent green in Berlin-Wedding.

The conversation will also be streamed live on the SCRIPTS YouTube-Channel.

Futuring the Liberal Script #8: Russland und der Westen

Futuring the Liberal Script #8: Russland und der Westen

Russland und der Westen

Russia's relationship with the "West" can be described as a tense and constant interplay between attraction and repulsion. The recent history of alienation up to the open war against Ukraine has not been sufficiently explored in social science. Its development was not inevitable; it is based on foreign as well as domestic political causes. In her current book "Russia and the West", Katharina Bluhm explores the question of how this development can be explained and what role was played by the broad political and intellectual movement against the liberal shock therapy of the 1990s and against Western integration, from whose arsenal the Putin regime drew for its illiberal-conservative state ideology after 2012.

In the 8th episode of "Futuring the Liberal Script", Katharina Bluhm discusses with political scientist and Eastern Europe expert Sabine Fischer Theses theses from "Russland und der Westen. Ideologie, Ökonomie und Politik seit dem Ende der Sowjetunion." (Matthes & Seitz 2023). Moderated by Volker Wieprecht.

Discussion language: German

Hosted by the Cluster of Excellence „Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)" in cooperation with Matthes & Seitz and silent green.


Sabine Fischer is a German political scientist. She currently works at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin as a specialist in the fields of "Russian foreign and security policy, EU-Russia relations, unresolved conflicts in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and regional relations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In this capacity, she advises the German Federal Government. On her core topic of Eastern Europe, she has published numerous books, articles and studies, most recently " Die chauvinistische Bedrohung. Russlands Kriege und Europäische Antworten” (Econ 2023).

Katharina Bluhm is Professor of Sociology with a focus on Eastern Europe. From 2015 to 2023 she was Director of the Institute for Eastern European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She is Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)". As an expert on Eastern Europe, she has worked intensively for many years on the transformation processes in Eastern Germany, Central Eastern Europe and Russia. Her current research topics include illiberal conservatism, economic and social policy, and the role of elites in Russia.

Volker Wieprecht is a journalist, author and radio and TV presenter. In 2013 he was awarded the German Radio Prize as best presenter. Since February 2019, Wieprecht has been moderating the news programme RBB-"Abendschau", alternating with other presenters.

Attending the event

  • Free admission. The event is open for all, no registration required.
  • Discussion language: German
  • Also via livestream on the SCRIPTS YouTube-Channel
  • If you wish to visit as a groupe, please feel free to write us: events@scripts-berlin.eu 
  • Accessibility: The "Kuppelhalle" has barrier-free access for people with walking difficulties via the ramp in the inner courtyard; this path is also suitable for strollers. There are three disabled parking spaces on site. A sign language interpreter can be provided. If you need further assistance, please contact silent green at info@silent-green.net // 030/120 822 10.
  • Public transport: S+U Wedding (Ringbahn S41 + S42 & U6) or U Leopoldplatz (U6 & U9), alternatively bus lines 247, M27 "Nettelbeckplatz/S-Wedding" and bus 120 "Gerichtstraße".

Time & Location

Nov 15, 2023 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

silent green
Gerichtsstraße 35, 13347 Berlin