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Authoritarian Rebels

The Reichsbürger Movement, the Far-Right, and the Growing Assault on German Democracy On December 7, 2022, German authorities arrested twenty-five members of the so-called “Patriotic Union,” a network that is …

“The Capacity to Step into Someone Else’s Shoes”

How Local Initiatives Drive Cohesion and Global Progress “Social cohesion depends on the capacity to step into someone else’s shoes.” What emerged as a collective working definition for our research …

Episode 71: Economic Boom, Income Disparity, and Climate Change in Glendale, AZ

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 Glendale, …

Till Jürgens, Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Till Jürgens as a Visiting Fellow in October and November 2022. Till Jürgens is a research associate at the Institute of Political Science at the …

Anna Körs, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Dr. Anna Körs as a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow in October and November 2022. She is scientific manager and vice director at the Academy of World …

Germany: Disinformation in Pandemic Times

Germany has responded to influence operations carefully during the COVID-19 outbreak. In the discussions around German platform regulation, hate speech has historically occupied the forefront, not misinformation. Along with clear …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Chemnitz: A city on the verge of social division and social cohesion

After two years of the pandemic, the AICGS group of the Social Divisions and Questions of Identity in Germany and the United States project reunited in Chemnitz for the second …

Christopher Pavenstädt, AICGS Visiting Fellow

AICGS is pleased to welcome Christopher Pavenstädt as a Visiting Fellow in June 2022. Christopher Pavenstädt is a research associate in the cluster of excellency Climate, Climatic Change and Society …

Episode 58: Economic Transformation and Social Divisions in Germany’s Ruhrgebiet

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