Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS) approved, Sept. 27, 2018

News from Oct 10, 2018

Cluster of Excellence with JFKI participation approved “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ (SCRIPTS) 


Global Challenges for the Model of Liberal Democracy and Market Economy


After the end of the Cold War, liberal democracy seemed to have prevailed for good. Today,
25 years later, however, the liberal model of political and economic order faces a profound
crisis. The Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS) analyzes the
contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative
perspective. What are the causes of the current contestations of the liberal script, and what are
the consequences for the global challenges of the 21 st century? The Cluster connects the
academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, and thereby bridges
prevailing methodological and institutional divides. In addition to Freie Universität Berlin,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Centre for
East European and International Studies, the German Institute for Economic Research, the
German Institute of Global and Area Studies, the Hertie School of Governance, and the
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient are participating in the Cluster. Based on research
collaborations with universities in all world regions, SCRIPTS addresses the diversity of the
contestations and their inter-connections. At the same time, the Cluster maintains close
cooperative ties with major political and cultural institutions. Jessica Gienow-Hecht and her team will be participating in the cluster, notably in the Research Unit dedicated to the significance of “Borders”.

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