The WZB lecture series “Achtung: Demokratie” offers a forum for discussions that have been amplified – at the WZB and elsewhere – by the rise of right-wing populism, the Brexit referendum and the increasing polarization in Europe and the USA. Liberal democracies are under pressure and need to re-legitimize themselves. For its part, science has to determine the extent of its own engagement beyond detached analysis.
Researchers from the WZB and other institutions are invited to present their findings and discuss their take on these debates with the audience.
On October 4, 2017, Bernhard Weßels gave the series' inaugural lecture with an analysis of that year’s German federal election.
Virtual discussion via Zoom
Discussion via Zoom
Book presentation and discussion
Movie preview and discussion
Diskussionsforum in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutschen Historischen Museum Berlin
Frank Decker (Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
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Steven Hill (currently a Journalist in Residence at WZB)
Dieter Rucht (Protest researcher and WZB fellow)
John Keane (University of Sydney and WZB)
Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)
"Achtung: Demokratie" inaugural lecture by Bernhard Weßels.