Today, liberal democracies are under unprecedented strain from within and without. In each episode, renowned social anthropologist and IWM rector Shalini Randeria invites a leading scholar to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. They investigate what needs to be done to ensure the future well-being of our democratic institutions and practices.Read more
The Institute aims to provide scholars, translators and journalists with an inspiring environment that affords them leisure to devote themselves to reading and writing free of other professional obligations. Not only numerous books by internationally renowned Senior Visiting Fellows but also many a first book by Junior Visiting Fellows have thus been written at the IWM.
We would like to share with you this important aspect of the Institute's intellectual activities through a new section on our website. Books written by our Fellows during their stay at the Institute as well as books published by the IWM will be presented at regular intervals under the new heading "Made in IWM".
In Belarus, massive protests against a rigged presidential election have continued despite violent reprisals from riot police loyal to President Aleksandr Lukashenko. On 9 August 2020, Belarusian authorities announced that Lukashenko, who has been in power for a quarter-century, had won a landslide victory with 80% of the vote. This is widely understood to be a false claim. Following the election, opposition presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, whose husband, Siarhei Tsikhanouski, has been a political prisoner since May 2020, was detained for several hours in Minsk. During that time she was filmed reading from a prepared text in which she asked her supporters to cease protests and accept the election results. She was clearly under duress. Shortly afterwards she left the country. The protests continue. There are very few foreign journalists in Belarus; those who are there are presently in danger. IWM will continue to publish a selection of reports from Belarus as they become available.Read more
What short and long-term effects will the corona pandemic have on our social, academic and political life? IWM Visiting and Permanent Fellows share their thoughts, concerns and hopes.Read more
The IWM archive houses a rich collection of texts, audio and video files that are worth being rediscovered. Once a week, thematic foci, related to different research projects at the IWM, will be presented here.Read more
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