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The Virus of Disrespect: What the Pandemic Says about Public Debate in Poland

29.01.2021
In the second round of the Polish presidential election on 12 July 2020, Andrzej Duda, the incumbent supported by Law and Justice (PiS), won with 51,03% of votes. The other 48,97% were cast in favor of Rafał Trzaskowski, the candidate of the Civic Coalition (Koalicja Obywatelska), the biggest opposition bloc in the Polish parliament. Turnout was high, 68,18% of eligible voters. This election was expected to shape Polish democracy for years to come, and Trzaskowski was seen as another Donald Tusk, the former Prime Minister (2007–2014), just more socially progressive and in favor of increased welfare benefits. Instead, the election campaign ended up being a bitter reflection on the quality of Polish public debate carried out in the shadow of the worldwide COVID crisis.

Der Corona-Impfstoff zwischen geostrategischem Instrument und globalem öffentlichen Gut

29.01.2021
Wie sieht die Welt nach Corona aus? Was bleibt von der Krise? Führende Wissenschaftlerinnen aus den Geistes-, Sozial-, Natur- und Lebenswissenschaften geben im neu erschienenen Sammelband Jenseits von Corona (Details siehe unten) Antworten und Orientierung.

Post-Pandemic Russia. Political and Economic Uncertainty, Lack of Proactive Leaders and Putin’s Falling Rating

10.06.2020
The pandemic was not the first crisis that Russia faced this year. It arrived in the country against a backdrop of falling oil prices and Putin’s announcement of changes to the constitution that would allow him to remain president forever. This announcement deeply shook elites, the business community and the intelligentsia, all of whom were left wondering: would Putin turn the country into another Central Asian dictatorship with his dramatic move?

Wird “Nach” Corona nichts mehr so sein wie zuvor?

09.06.2020
Philosophische Gedanken anlässlich von „Lockerung“ und „Ver-rückung der Zeit“ Fast alle, die über eine Feder, eine Tastatur oder sonst einen kulturtechnischen Zugang zu den Medien verfügen, haben sich in den letzten Wochen bemüßigt gefühlt, sich zum derzeitigen Thema Nr. 1, der sogenannten Coronakrise, zu äußern. Dass die Philosophen sich dabei vergleichsweise zurückhaltend verhalten haben, hat seinen guten Grund. Es ist nämlich eine vom Altmeister des Deutschen Idealismus, dem Philosophen Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel in ein sprechendes Bild gefasste und seither sprichwörtlich gewordene Überzeugung, dass die Philosophie zum Verändern ohnehin zu spät komme; „die Eule der Minerva beginnt ihren Flug bei Dämmerung“. Wenn das aber zutrifft, dann könnte es sein, dass jetzt die Stunde der Philosophie schlägt.

Prodemocratic Protests and Movements During the Pandemic

03.06.2020
Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many reports on the political misuse of the global crisis, on numerous authoritarian governments and autocrats strengthening their power. Much less has been reported on the prodemocratic, progressive revolts against the rising authoritarianism – revolts taking place not just in individual countries, but also at the international level.

Transformation of Holocaust Memory in Times of COVID-19

06.05.2020
The restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on Holocaust commemoration intensified the development of distinct modes of social media memory. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Europe in March 2020, and from there spread throughout the world, among several cultural institutions that closed their doors to visitors were also Holocaust memorials. On March 12, the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial closed its site, followed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) the next day. The day after, former concentration camp sites in Germany performed a similar step. The same day, on March 15, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem also closed its museum for visitors.