The research group „Soft Authoritarianisms: Comparative Interdisciplinary Perspectives“ examines what „soft authority“ is, how it governs, how it is implemented institutionally and rhetorically, how the rule of law is dismantled in everyday life, and how democratic institutions are slowly and systematically undermined. The research group focusses on contradictions which, in rhetorical terms, appear as contradictio in adiecto, but in fact function as effective power options, as a used fusion of softness and authority. The team investigates how “soft authoritarianisms” unfold, how elections bolster the power of strongmen and how the rule of law is dismantled by using the law to sabotage accountability. Three contrastive case studies linking ethnography with discourse analysis and documentary research will focus on India, Poland and Turkey resp. the Turkish-European diaspora. These case studies will trace processes within democracies as well as in transnational settings in order to analyse authoritarian practices of state transformation, to develop an empirically based typology and to build process-sensitive theory that overcomes the West-non-West divide characteristic of the social sciences.
For further information please visit the Project-Website
In January 2019, the University of Bremen introduced a new initiative: the U Bremen Excellence Chairs. This program serves in particular to heighten the internationalization of our research activities and their visibility. The appointed Chairs are considered outstanding in their respective disciplines and pave the way to leading institutions worldwide. As visiting chairs, they will attend the University of Bremen over the next several years and set up their own research group here. We are delighted to have been awarded our own Excellence Chair within WoC, which is held by Prof. Shalini Randeria.
Dr. Jens Adam, Post-Doc Researcher
Dr. Ulrike Flader, Post-Doc Researcher
Hagen Steinhauer, Doctoral Researcher
Natasha Deasy, Student Assistant
Prof. Dr. Ranabir Samadar, Permanent Fellow
Prof. em. Dr. Ruth Wodak, Permanent Fellow
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s YISARES Autumn Research School had to be postponed to October 2021. The exact dates will be announced shortly.
For further details, please visit our corresponding event page.
Ungarn, Brasilien, Türkei und die USA: Die Prinzipien der liberalen Demokratie werden vielerorts in Frage gestellt. Gemeinsam mit einigen der wichtigsten intellektuellen Stimmen der Gegenwart geht die U Bremen Excellence Chair-Gastprofessorin Shalini Randeria diesem Phänomen in einem neuen Podcast nach.
Die Podcast-Reihe ist eine Kooperation vom Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), dem Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy am Graduate Institute in Genf sowie der Universität Bremen. Sie kann über alle üblichen Podcast-Apps oder die Webseite des IWM gehört werden.
03/07/2020, Podcast with Prof. Shalini Randeria. Graduate Institute What Matters Today. Online
03/07/2020, a terra é redonda. Online
06/2020, The Graduate Institute Geneva: Global Challenges, Special Issue No.1
06/2020, COVID-19: The Policy Response, public event series, London School of Economics
05/2020, Das Magazin, No 19/2020
25/04/2020, ZEIT Online
26/03/2020, ZEIT Österreich Nr. 14/2020
01/2019, update. Das Magazin der Universität Bremen U Bremen | University of Bremen Magazine.