Public Convention

Competing Narratives: On the Global Crisis of Liberal Narratives

Berlin, 24–25 March 2017

During a two-day public convention in Berlin, about 200 international activists, artists and scholars discussed what Frank Gadinger, Head of the Centre's Research Unit 4, labeled 'Competing Narratives': liberal and illiberal narratives dealing with overall subjects like human rights, freedom of expression, sexual orientation, or the refugee crisis and migration. Based on the Centre's interdisciplinary research on that field, questions were asked on which illiberal narratives can be observed in various countries, which strategies are following them, and which new proponents of liberal narratives are active and how could they be used to defend an open society.

At the convention, panel discussions were held with Russian political scientist Ekaterina Schulman, Hongkong economist Chandran Nair, US-american lawyer Michele Goodwin, Indian cultural journalist Ranjit Hoskoté, and German sociologist Armin Nassehi. Renowned artists and activists like Nigerian Poetry Slammer Efe Paul Azino contributed to the event, too. The keynote was delivered by Leibniz-Laureate Albrecht Koschorke, presumably the most influencial theorist on narration of German language today.

The convention was a joint project of Goethe-Institut, Heinrich Böll Foundation, The Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21). At the Centre Dr Katja Freistein, Head of Research Unit 1, and Dr Frank Gadinger, Head of the Research Unit 4, were responsible for the programme.

More information on the course of the convention can be found at the Centre's current news and at the official event site of Goethe-Institut.
The video recording of the event can be found online here at Youtube.

Date: 24–25 March 2017
Venue: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leibniz-Saal, Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin