"Microscopic Research on Grand Social Concepts – Crisis, Protest, and Transformation"
Current media reports and political as well as scientific debates convey that the world is facing increasing uncertainty and instability.
However, instead of external disturbances to an otherwise stable system, we are experiencing complex structural dynamics of disruption and transformation originating from within the status quo. Various phenomena such as the authoritarian drift, new forms of democratic deliberation and protest, the degradation of the planetary ecology, advancements in technology (e.g. social media and AI), disappointment with Western promises in the Global South, and the crisis of neoliberalism do not merely constitute systemic macro-level threats but are intimately connected to and structure our daily lives. In this conjuncture, grand narratives and concepts have reemerged in academia and beyond, ranging from a global polycrisis, the Zeitenwende in geopolitics to the widely pronounced crisis of liberal democracy, and debates about the Anthropocene. Within these discussions central concepts of liberal modernity are increasingly renegotiated (freedom, progress, democracy, culture/nature, etc.), challenging our knowledge and analytical grasp of these very concepts.
The Junior Research Group Human Rights and Social Justice invites emerging scholars across the political and social sciences to engage in critical analyses of concrete microscopic manifestations of crisis, protest, and transformation in order to explore their connections and contradictions across disciplines as well as micro- and macro-perspectives.
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If you want to register for participation or have any questions please contact
Christina Kurdum (email@example.com)
The conference is organised by the Junior Research Group „Human Rights & Social Justice“.
This year’s conference is organized by
Rigan Chakma, Christina Fischer, Dr. Sebastian Garbe, Jasmin Alea "Jack" Koch, Christina Kurdum, Tom Scheunemann