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Short Talk | Democracies under Pressure #3: Contestations

May 22, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM

As part of the series Democracies under Pressure, SCRIPTS director and political scientist Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel answered questions on the situation and challenges of contemporary liberal democracies in a short talk with Christoph D. Piorkowski.

Language: German.

An event of the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS) in cooperation with Humboldt Labor of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Live & on site in the exhibition “Nach der Natur” of the Humboldt Labor on Wednesday, 22 May 2023 at 6.30 p.m.


Democracies around the world are currently coming under pressure - from within and from the outside. The challenges to political and social orders are numerous and rapidly evolving: What are the key challenges and how are they entangled? Are we witnessing a particular historical moment or has democracy always had to be defended against external and internal enemies? What contribution can science make to determining the potential risk? And to what extent is academic freedom itself up for grabs today?


Tanja A. Börzel is Professor of Political Science and Chair of European Integration at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research and teaching focus on questions of institutional change, research into European integration and diffusion, as well as comparative regionalism and governance. Together with Michael Zürn, she directs the cluster of excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS).

Christoph D. Piorkowski is a journalist and author. He writes political feature articles, on society and political current affairs, among others for the Tagesspiegel and Deutschlandfunk. He is also a lecturer in political philosophy with a focus on migration ethics. In 2021 and 2022 he was nominated for the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism. 2022 he was Visiting Journalist at the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS).

About the visit at Humboldt Lab

  • Free admission.

  • Language: German

  • Accessibility: The location is on the 1st floor, lifts are available. A tactile floor guidance system in connection with tactile floor plans makes it easier for blind and visually impaired people to find their way around. Wheelchairs, rollators, mobile seating and buggies are available for loan — please contact us.

Time & Location

May 22, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 07:45 PM

Humboldt Lab in the Humboldt Forum
Schloßplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Entrance Passage
1st floor, exhibition „After Nature“