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'Competing Narratives: on the Global Crisis of Liberal Narratives', 24 and 25 March 2017 in Berlin

Competing Narratives: Convention March 2017 in Berlin will deal with the 'Crisis of Liberal Narratives'

12.12.2016 During a two days public convention 'Competing Narratives: On the Global Crisis of Liberal Narratives', which will take place 24 and 25 March 2017 in Berlin, about 200 participants, among them international activists, artists and scholars, will discuss what Frank Gadinger labeled a 'contest of narratives' with regard to liberal vs illiberal narratives, dealing with overarching themes such as human rights, freedom of expression, sexual orientation, or the refugee crisis and migration. The Centre is a cooperating partner of this event.

The central topic of this convention picks up questions, that were already elaborated at the Centre in an interdisciplinary setting. In addition to this, the event in Berlin will scrutinize selected constellations on the ground. Which illiberal narratives can be observed in China, Germany, France, India, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the US, and which strategies are followed? What currently is the meaning of 'liberal' sv. ' illiberal' at all? Which new proponents of liberal narratives are active and how could an open society be defended?

Performances of renowned artists/activists will supplement the panels, among them Nigerian Poetry Slammer Efe Paul Azino. Panel discussions will be 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 among others. The keynote of this event will be delivered by Leibniz-Laureate Albrecht Koschorke, presumably the most influencial theorist on narration of German language today.

The convention 'Competing Narratives: on the Global Crisis of Liberal Narratives' is a joint project of Goethe-Institut, Heinrich Böll Foundation, The Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21).

'Competing Narratives: On the Global Crisis of Liberal Narratives'
24–25 March 2017

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Markgrafenstraße 38
10117 Berlin

Entrance is free of charge. A confirmed registration is mandatory.
Lectures/discussions will be held in German/English, simultaneous translation is available.
Registration is possible on the events official website at


Frank Gadinger, Martina Kopf, Aysem Mert, and Christopher Smith (eds.),
Political Storytelling: From Fact to Fiction,
Global Dialogues 12, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg 2016

Gadinger, Frank, Jarzebski, Sebastian, and Yildiz, Taylan, Progressive Politik in pragmatischen Zeiten: Politische Narrative gesellschaftlichen Wandels. Werkbericht Nr. 6, Denkwerk Demokratie, Berlin 2015

Charlotte Dany und Katja Freistein, 'The Myth of Civil Society Participation in Global Governance', in: Bliesemann Guevara, Berit (ed.), Myths and Narratives in International Politics: An Interpretative Approach to Studying International Relations, London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2016, 229–248

Albrecht Koschorke
Wahrheit und Erfindung. Grundzüge einer allgemeinen Erzähltheorie, S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2013