Research

Economic Ideas and Institutions in Eastern Europe

This research project aims at understanding institutional and cultural change in Eastern Europe in conjunction with recent developments on the global marketplace of ideas.
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United Europe – Divided History

This research project seeks to overcome divisions among national historiographies and between East and West through scholarly history conceived in a novel way.
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Democracy in Question

What are the causes of the current disappointment with democracy, and how will they affect the capacity of democratic societies to remain self-correcting? This project offers a platform to discuss these fundamental questions.
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The Philosophical Work of Jan Patočka

Jan Patočka is considered one of the most important Central European thinkers of the 20th century. This research project aims at collecting, exploring and disseminating his oeuvre.
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Religion and Secularism

This research project explores the ways in which globalization impacts the relationship between religion and secularism, thus intertwining the perspectives of different cultures, religions and theoretical backgrounds.
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Scales of Justice and Legal Pluralism

This research project addresses the ambivalences of juridification, which parallel a judicialisation of politics at various scales along with growing legal activism and a judicialisation of politics from the local to the global scale.
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International Law and Multinormativity

International law is only one system of rules next to other normative fields: its manifold and complex interactions with other normativities will be analyzed from the perspective of ‘multi-normativity’.
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Europe’s Futures

Europe’s Futures sets out to research some of the key risks and problems Europe and its liberal democratic order are facing.
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Sources of Inequality

Modernization and globalization have not only aggravated existing social inequalities but have also produced new forms of inequality. The latter, and their underlying causes, lie at the core of the research focus Sources of Inequality. This project concentrates on crucial issues of social policy: the care for children and adolescents, the sick and the elderly as well as people with disabilities.
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Ukraine, Russia and the Future of the West

The object of this project is the production of the manuscript of a short and accessible book on the recent events and ongoing war in Ukraine, meant as a guide to possible policy reactions and as an inquiry into the state of American and European public discourse as well as a description of the place of Ukraine in the contemporary world.
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