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Excellence Cluster “Contestations of the Liberal Script”: https://www.scripts-berlin.eu

Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ (SCRIPTS) with Prof. Jessica Gienow-Hecht as Principal Investigator has been approved.

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 21stcentury? 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. 

Research Projects in Progress

  • DFG project “Music and Human Rights, “The Quest for Harmony: Classical Music, Emotion, and the Discourse of Human Rights in the United States since World War Two » zum Projekt
  • Sonderforschungsbereich 700 "Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit" » zum Projekt

Completed Research Projects

  • Eine Geschichte - Zwei Perspektiven: Kulturspezifische Übersetzungsfunktionen des "exotisch Fremden" am Beispiel der "Terms of Trade" an der pazifischen Nordwestküste anhand der Sammlungen der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin » zum Projekt
  • Constructing Uncle Sam: Inhalte, Mittel und Wege des Kulturtransfers zwischen Großbritannien und den USA im 19. Jahrhundert » zum Projekt
  • Transatlantic Degree Programs Project » zum Projekt
  • Auswandererbriefe aus Nordamerika » zum Projekt
  • Akteure der kulturellen Globalisierung, 1860 - 1930 » zum Projekt
  • Colonial Governance und Mikrotechniken der Macht: Englische und französische Kolonialbesitzungen in Nordamerika, 1680-1760 (Teilprojekt B3 im Rahmen des SFB 700 "Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit: Neue Formen des Regierens?") » zum Projekt