Talk and Discussion Talk: Democracy in Germany 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Karl-Rudolf Korte, Niko Switek Photo: © Karl-Rudolf Korte, Niko Switek

Mon, 09/23/2019

Goethe Pop Up Seattle

Chophouse Row
1424 11th Ave.
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98122

PLEASE NOTE: TALK & DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD IN GERMAN.
 
Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte, who is visiting the Goethe Pop Up Seattle from Germany, will discuss his recent publication Gesichter der Macht, a study of the role of the federal president and his ability to save democracy from populists. Included in his focus are the elections in the federal states of Brandenburg, Thuringia, and Saxony. He is joined in conversation by Prof. Niko Switek.
 
At the center of the talk stands the following question: How does democracy narrate itself? The federal president disposes of an enormous potential for political creative power – apart from formal arrangements and decrees. Especially today, when in terms of elite, cosmopolitan liberalism on the one hand and new radical, national authoritarianism on the other powerful stories of minimal consensus of our democracy must be told. What story will be told this fall in Germany after the state elections in Brandenburg, Saxony, with the AfD making big gains?  
 
About the speakers:
 
Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mainz in 1988 and his Dr. rer. pol. habil. from the Ludwig Maximillian University Munich. Korte has been teaching at the University Duisburg-Essen since 2003. He has been holding the position of director of the NRW School of Governance since 2006. For almost 20 years, he has also been accompanying the televised election shows of ZDF as election researcher and analyst. His recent monograph, Gesichter der Macht. Über die Gestaltungspotentiale der Bundespräsidenten. Ein Essay was published in 2019.
 
Niko Switek currently holds a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professorship for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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