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Regional Conference on Asian Scripts



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  • 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.

    This conference will address the broad theme of "Asian scripts" (liberal or not) and the extent to which Asian states organize themselves and form alliances with each other based on these scripts' political and economic features. The conference is set in the context of the changing balance of power and the changing narratives about emerging power configurations. We aim to explore the extent to which the rise of alternative models presents a challenge to the liberal script and how other actors in the region are responding to a "Western" liberal script and the challenges. While the notion of the "Asian way" has served to counter American and thus liberal hegemony for some time, it is now "liberal visions" of society that serve as a counter-hegemonic script to increasing Chinese dominance.

    The conference will take place virtually on 21–23 February 2022, and is hosted by the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS under the lead of GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar and Prof. Michael Zürn.

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    As a follow-up to this conference, SCRIPTS' Knowledge Exchange Team organized in collaboration with the German Federal Foreign Office a closed-door panel discussion with high-ranking foreign policy practitioners and scholars. The panel discussion addressed questions regarding the liberal script in Asia, also in light of current developments, the Russian aggression, and Europe’s relation to the Indo-Pacific region.

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar served as moderator and speaker, sharing her analyses. The closed-door discussion with the title “The liberal script and the Indo-Pacific – strategies, narratives and perspectives” took place virtually on 27 April 2022.

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    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

    SCRIPTS IRC Postdoc Workshop

    Workshop | 15/02/2021

    SCRIPTS IRC Postdoc Workshop

    SCRIPTS IRC Postdoc Workshop, Online event Organisers: SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar (Discussant), Prof. Dr. Mark Hallerberg (Discussant)

    Prof. Amrita Narlikar joined the workshop as SCRIPTS Principal Investigator discussing a paper.

    Prof. Dr. Mark Hallerberg

    Hertie School of Governance


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