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Knowledge Exchange Lab

The Knowledge Exchange Lab (KEL) is an interface between research and practice. It enables multiple interconnections among SCRIPTS’ core findings and topics and public discourses that explore their political, practical as well as societal implications. The KEL engages researchers with policy-makers, practitioners and institutions from the arts, culture, civil society, media, and non-governmental organisations to secure the connectivity of ongoing research activities and mutual knowledge exchange.

KEL Politics: Cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office

Foreign policymakers, on the one hand, constantly have to deal with the challenges the liberal script is facing today. On the other hand, researchers in academia are not always aware of the underlying logics of foreign policy making. A close exchange between SCRIPTS and the German Federal Foreign Office is therefore beneficial and valuable – for both sides. Just as foreign policymakers can rely on ongoing reflections and findings of SCRIPTS, researchers can get a closer look into the foreign policy “black box”, enriching the individual research agenda.

Through integration into the Federal Foreign Offices’ daily operations for a period of three years, a research associate identifies and explores areas of overlapping mutual interest within foreign policy practice and SCRIPTS. Regular discussion forums serve as the central hub where SCRIPTS experts, policy practitioners as well as relevant stakeholders are brought into an ongoing dialogue.

KEL Arts & Culture

As a public common good, knowledge is being produced and implemented by a wide range of actors. KEL's outreach activities into arts culture are part of a reflexive and translational practice that connects SCRIPTS researchers and research question to public and cultural spaces of debate and knowledge production.

Exhibition "After Nature" at the Humboldt Lab in the Humboldt Forum Berlin

SCRIPTS invites public dialogue at the crossroads of science and society. The exhibition "After Nature" at the Humboldt Lab in the Humboldt Forum Berlin, which has opened in July 2021 (on display until further notice) presents research approaches of the seven Clusters of Excellence in Berlin. More than 80 video statements by Principal Investigators from SCRIPTS and contributions by the Cluster of Excellence "IRI THESys" make up the 'Talking Wall', a kinetic multimedia display of moving screens in parallel projections that reflect contestations and core promises of the liberal script from the multiple disciplinary and regional perspectives of SCRIPTS members.

A lively conversation on research topics unfolds rather than a lecture-style “presentation” of SCRIPTS projects. Why are contestations of the liberal script matters of acute political concern? The audience is invited to explore this question and the corresponding knowledge in the making to experience the liberal script as a complex set of core ideas, promises and practices. This interactive space will be continuously updated with public programs to reflect ongoing research and conversations on SCRIPTS topics.

Discussion series “Futuring the Liberal Script”

“Futuring the Liberal Script” is a conversation series and book launch format live from the silent green venue in Berlin that connects research topics and contemporary diagnoses and puts them up for debate. Based on the latest publications, researchers of SCRIPTS and invited scholars discuss and analyse current crises of liberal societies and democracies . The "futuring" series thus seeks to develop a creative and critical stance toward any contestations of the liberal script.

Previous discussions have featured Christoph Möllers and Jan-Werner Müller, Michael Zürn and Claus Offe, as well as Steffen Mau and Nora Bossong, among others.