Two factors stand out in the ongoing contestations of the liberal script: 1) the rapid transformation of democratic media systems, accompanied by new modes of collective will formation, and 2) an increase in digitally facilitated connections among avowedly illiberal actors. To effectively address these challenges, liberal institutions must update the heuristics that guide their responses to these emerging phenomena.
Nov 29, 2023
The Cluster has elected a new leadership in its last plenary meeting and we are delighted to welcome Mark Hallerberg and Yasemin Soysal.
Nov 28, 2023
Midterm Conference (SCRIPTS) - The Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the liberal Script (SCRIPTS)" is taking stock after around four years of funding.
Nov 27, 2023
The research project “Race and Multilateralism: The Anatomy of a Complex Relationship” (RAM) based at the Freie Universität Berlin and funded by SCRIPTS, is organising a workshop on 23rd-24th May 2024 on the relationship between race and multilateralism in the international order. Call for Papers (PDF) Deadline: 05 January, 2024
Nov 15, 2023
For the second time, the Fall Academy took place at the University Konstanz, 4 to 6 October 2023.
Nov 14, 2023
How do politicians, academic and intellectuals in the West talk about major international crises and contestations of the liberal script? The war in Gaza offers important insights in this respect, if one compares it to the war in Ukraine.
Nov 09, 2023
The liberal script is associated with a great deal of economic inequalities and legitimates them with a set of narratives, or myths. Most of the legitimising narratives focus on individuals and the belief that individuals can improve their economic situation by bettering themselves, for example by investing more in education or by working harder. This myth of individual empowerment ignores that many of the pervasive and widening inequalities are structural.
Nov 07, 2023
The Global Gateway Forum (GGF) took place in Brussels a week after the 3rd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing. Launched almost two years ago, the Global Gateway (GG) is based on six principles: democratic values and high standards, good governance and transparency, equal partnerships, green and clean, security focused, and catalysing private sector investment.
Oct 30, 2023
Guest Lecture Series at the JFKI: Race, Multilateral Institutions, and International Relations | Winter Term 2023/24
The “Race and Multilateralism” project is pleased to announce its guest lecture series Race, Multilateral Institutions, and International Relations , hosted at the John F. Kennedy Institute this Winter Semester.
Oct 23, 2023
Call for Papers — Conference: Culture & International History VII Uncertain Boundaries in International History at the JFKI 2024 | Deadline: November 15, 2023
We invite students and scholars of International History, Global History, Area Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Art History, Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology and related fields to submit proposals by November 15, 2023 . The conference will take place 14-16 December 2024 at the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin.
Oct 20, 2023
SCRIPTS speaker Tanja A. Börzel and Senior Professor and Principal Investigator Thomas Risse presented some of their research at the University of Wyoming during the “Centennial Speaker Series 2023”.
Sep 18, 2023
We congratulate SCRIPTS Doctoral Researcher Keith Prushankin , who is part of the 2022/23 programme of Europaeum Scholars , for publishing their report on improving digital public consultations in the European Union.
Sep 10, 2023
The 36th Berlin Summer University with the topic "Global Order under Stress" will be held from 28 August until 3 September.
Aug 17, 2023
We congratulate Marlene Ritter, Doctoral Researcher at SCRIPTS and Freie Universität Berlin on being awarded the Postgraduate Vibeke Sørensen Grant.
Aug 16, 2023
We congratulate Anette Fasang (SCRIPTS, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & WZB) and Silke Aisenbrey (Yeshiva University New York) for winning the 2023 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.
Aug 14, 2023
Political scientist Johannes Gerschewski will join twelve other outstanding personalities as a Thomas Mann Fellow in 2024.
Aug 07, 2023
Senior Professor at SCRIPTS, Thomas Risse, published an article together with James D. Bindenagel, Henry-Kissinger-Professor (Emeritus) at Bonn University for the American-German Institute.
Aug 03, 2023
Together with G. John Ikenberry from Princeton University and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), SCRIPTS will host the workshop What is the Future of "the West"? Transatlantic Political Order in an Era of War and Upheaval . The Call for Papers is open. The submission deadline for paper proposals is October 1, 2023 .
Jul 28, 2023
SCRIPTS Researchers at the 5th Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network: “Diplomacy Situated: Settings, Personas, Practices”
From May 25th till the 27th, researchers gathered in Turku, Finland, for the 5th Conference of the New Diplomatic History Network under the title "Diplomacy Situated: Settings, Personas, Practices". Together with SCRIPTS Principal Investigator Jessica Gienow-Hecht , three doctoral researchers joined the conference: Tobias Klee , Marlene Ritter , and Lesar Yurtsever . You can read their report below.
Jul 04, 2023
SCRIPTS Speaker Tanja A. Börzel was part of the roundtable "Demokratie im Stresstest - Europa" hosted by Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Zentrum Liberale Moderne.
Jun 15, 2023