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Society

Our societies are changing on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to demographic change, immigration and integration, and regional differences—among other factors. Greater understanding about our cultures, an open exchange about emerging issues, and fostering dialogue between different groups can help German and American societies build stronger internal and external connections and awareness.
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Either-or? As-well-as?

The logic of hybrid identities and the attempt to break through borders In his last speech as president, Ronald Reagan said, “You can go to France and live there, but …

Episode 63: Trust, Media Literacy, and Regulation—How to Think about Fake News, Misinformation, and Disinformation in Germany and the United States

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke is joined by Alex Sängerlaub, the director and co-founder of futur eins in Berlin, and Rebekah Tromble, Associate Professor and …

The Decaffeinated Crisis

East Germany and Social Unrest in 1977 As the current supply chain issues continue, it is worth examining how similar disruptions have historically caused social unrest. Despite scarcity, the German …

Anti-Feminism in the Rhetoric of Populist Radical Right (PRR) Female MPs in Germany and the United States

Women play an increasingly important role in Populist Radical Right (PRR) parties. This seems paradoxical, as these parties typically reject a political role for women and emphasize regressive core beliefs, …

Buffalo: The Past, Present, & Future

Shifting Divisions & Reasons to Billieve* In June of 2022, a group of German and American participants from AICGS’s Social Divisions and Questions of Identity in Germany and the United …

Episode 61: Economic Transformation, Demographic Change, and Social Divisions in Buffalo, NY

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke talks with participants in the AICGS project on social divisions in Germany and the United States, which recently visited Buffalo, …

The Elusive European Peace

Peace on the European continent is threatened once more. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, populism on the rise, and multiple factors undermining the postwar European integration project and challenging the …

Documenta 15 and Anti-Semitism

Documenta 15: Curating the Meta-Collective, Translocating Art, and Anti-Semitism Artist collectives have gained heightened visibility in the twenty-first century, not only as a platform for virtual collaborations but also as …

The Anti-Semitism Scandal at Documenta 15

Documenta is one of the highest-profile contemporary art exhibitions in the world. Dating back to 1955, the exhibition runs for several summer months in and around the small central German …

The Persistent Relevance of Immigration for German Voters

In Germany’s 2017 election, immigration played a decisive role as a clear wedge issue, splitting political parties and providing the necessary conditions for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) to …

A Different Way of Thinking About “Fake News”

In the initial and uncertain days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus observed that the international community was tasked with simultaneously confronting both an …