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Underestimated Threat to Pluralist Democracy

Anti-Feminism in Parliamentary Speeches made by Female MPs of the Populist Radical Right in Germany and the United States Voters in many European countries are turning away from mainstream parties, …

The Ngonnso Statue

Germany Moves Forward by Facing its Past If you have been to an ethnological museum, you might be familiar with walking through exhibits titled “Africa” or “Oceania” and seeing a …

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 …

AICGS Profiles: Petra Pau

Vice President of the Bundestag Background Petra Pau is a German politician and member of Die Linke. Pau is currently the longest-serving Vice President of the Bundestag and has held …

Episode 62: Pandemic Lessons for Public Health Policy in Germany and the United States

On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke discusses the experience of managing the COVID-19 pandemic and lessons for public health policy in Germany and the United States …

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, …

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 …