Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS)

Our partners prof. Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn informed HSE (Prof. Alexander Chepurenko) that the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) has been approved for funding by the German Research Foundation.

The Excellence Strategy is the most outstanding funding line in the German academic context. SCRIPTS aims at studying the contemporary controversies about liberal orders from a historical, global, and comparative perspective.

The main goals of the project are to analyze the causes of current contestations and discuss their consequences for democracy and the global challenges of the 21st century. In order to investigate the contestations of the liberal script and the role of alternative scripts between and across regions, international collaboration is one of SCRIPTS’s basic preconditions and will strongly shape its research and teaching. 

During the application period of SCRIPTS, the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, agreed to be an institutional partner in this project.

The first actions of SCRIPTS are the following: 

- On the 1st of December 2018 it will launch a call for applications for the Cluster’s Graduate School, the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS). The Cluster is premised on setting the context for a fruitful dialogue of researchers with multiple disciplinary and cultural backgrounds from across the world. Therefore, the Clauster will also grant an integration scholarship to international doctoral researchers from regions with very different academic systems to provide them with an additional training before starting their PhD project. 

- As of January 2019, the Cluster will advertise various job opportunities in Berlin. Moreover, it greatly appreciate if its international partners could nominate senior scholars, as well as doctoral and postdoctoral researchers for research stays of up to one year in Berlin. The persons who are being recommended should have excellent academic records and match the general focus of SCRIPTS. For the latest news and information, please refer to our website 

- In autumn 2019, the Cluster will hold a SCRIPTS opening conference to give you further insights in our research and global networking. The organizers would like to invite prospective doctoral candidates from your institution especially, to inform them about our doctoral program (BGTS) and discuss their proposals. Information about the date and application procedure will follow soon. 

If you have any further questions or comments, you can anytime contact Professor Alexander Chepurenko, Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel Berlin Center for European Studies Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn WZB Berlin Social Science Center, or Professor Katharina Bluhm of FUB .