The political and epistemic order established in the 19th and 20th centuries appears in disarray as new authoritarian movements and unprecedented forms of control challenge both the ideas and practice of liberal democracy. This change is increasingly perceived as a crisis, and the mobility of people, goods and ideas have emerged as issues of controversy and containment. How do societies cope with the unprecedented growth of knowledge and the scale of its dissemination and control? How do technological innovations transform the relationship of the individual or the community to state and society? What are the links between knowledge, technology and transformations of publics or labour? These are some of the question we would like to discuss in historical and transregional perspectives.
The conference is convened by Andreas Eckert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin), Franz Waldenberger (Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien Tokyo) und Simone Lässig (Deutsches Historisches Institut Washington DC). It is part of the strategic cooperation of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland. We collaborate with the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. The conference is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
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