Cooperation Event

Liberal Script(s) — Asian Versions and Contestations of a Concept

SCRIPTS Regional Conference


28/11/2022 - 30/11/2022

Teaser image - SCRIPTS Regional Conference November
Teaser image - SCRIPTS Regional Conference November

  • The conference addresses the broad theme of Asian scripts (liberal or not) and asks how Asian states organise themselves and ally/partner with each other based on these scripts’ political/ economic features. It is conceptualised amidst the changing balance of power and the changing narratives about emerging power configurations and aims to explore the extent to which the rise of alternative models presents a challenge to the liberal script and how other regional actors respond to “original” liberal scripts and the challenges. While the notion of the “Asian way” served for some time to counter American and thus liberal hegemony, it is now, to some extent, liberal visions of the society that serve as a counter-hegemonic script to Chinese dominance. Questions within this broad rubric have both theoretical and empirical import. Theoretically, the conference takes us into a rich (but still under-researched) terrain of traditional world views and historical experiences of Asian countries and how these shape strategies, reactions, and counterreactions in modern-day politics and international relations. Empirically too, western theorising often underplays the differences within Asia. The planned publication wants to flesh out the (oft-ignored) differences and nuances and invite researchers to investigate the impact that changing ground realities are having on what they make of similarities and differences among and within national jurisdictions.

    The conference will take place in New Delhi and online on 28-30 November 2022, and is hosted by the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS under the lead of GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Michael Zürn.

    Organisational Team: Katinka von Kovatsits (SCRIPTS) Chetan Rana (JNU) Julia Kramer (GIGA)

    The Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS) seeks to explore and understand causes, types and consequences of contestations of what we call "the liberal way of organizing societies" from different disciplinary perspectives, focusing on the local, regional, and global level. For further information about the Cluster and its research agenda, please visit the website.

    We offer our events digitally or in hybrid setting. We monitor the current pandemic situation and act accordingly. We look forward to your participation.

    Research Project | 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2025

    Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS), Cluster of Excellence / FU Berlin

    Contemporary liberal societies are currently facing a loss of confidence in the ability of their core institutions to provide solutions to the most pressing issues of the 21st century. SCRIPTS investigates alternative concepts of social order and deals with their consequences for global challenges such as climate change, migration, nuclear proliferation, and transnational terrorism. As part of SCRIPTS, GIGA and Hertie School conduct two projects.
    DFG, Excellence Strategy, 2019-2025

    Prof. Dr. Mark Hallerberg

    Tanja Börzel

    Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn

    Conference | 27/04/2022

    Knowledge exchange with SCRIPTS and foreign policy actors: The liberal script and the Indo-Pacific – strategies, narratives and perspectives

    The Liberal Script and the Indo-Pacific: Strategies, Narratives and Perspectives, Online Event Organisers: SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar (Moderator, Speaker)

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar contributed to the event as moderator and speaker. As a follow-up to the SCRIPTS conference in February, Prof. Narlikar shared her analyses on the liberal script in Asia, also in light of current developments, the Russian aggression, and Europe’s relation to the Indo-Pacific region, with a high-level panel of foreign policy practitioners and scholars.


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