The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: Projects

»Perspectives of Social Democracy in Europe«
A Lecture Series at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften
beginning 2020

Throughout Europe, social democratic and democratic socialist parties have suffered dramatic losses of voter support in recent years. At the same time, new political movements, often right-wing populist parties, have been able to win large numbers of votes in many countries. The historical, cultural, social and political causes for this development differ from country to country. Nevertheless, it also grows out of common or similar roots and overarching trends.

A series of lectures at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften will focus on the »Perspectives of Social Democracy in Europe«. The series will analyse and compare the causes that have led to the current situation of social democracy in different countries. It will also examine the question of whether transnational cooperation within the European Union in particular offers social democracy the opportunity to take on a new role and gain strength. Given the current challenges of parliamentary democracy, this question is also of great importance for the other democratic parties and movements in Europe.


Program (Wednesdays, 7 p.m., venue: Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften and/or online event)

All lectures are available on the youtube channel of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften.

08.07.2020 Franz Voves, ehem. Landeshauptmann der Steiermark:

»Wohin geht die Europäische Sozialdemokratie?«

21.10.2020 Sigrid Roßteutscher, Goethe-Universität:

»Warum nicht alle SPD wählen (obwohl sie es könnten). Wählerentwicklung und soziale Bindungskraft der Sozialdemokratie seit 1949«

04.11.2020 Hans-Jürgen Puhle, Goethe-Universität:

»Was kommt nach den ›Volksparteien‹? Zum Strukturwandel von Parteien, Öffentlichkeit und Demokratie«

25.11.2020 Wolfgang Schroeder, Universität Kassel und WZB, Berlin:

»Was ist noch übrig von der alten SPD? Eine Post-Arbeiterpartei sucht ihren Platz im Parteienwettbewerb«

16.12.2020 Gérard Grunberg, Sciences Po und CNRS, Paris:

»Die fatale Krise der französischen Sozialistischen Partei« (in English)

03.02.2021 Wolfgang Merkel, HU Berlin und WZB:

»Vom Niedergang zum Ende der Sozialdemokratie?«

21.04.2021 Roman Krakovsky, Université de Genève:

»Existential fears and illiberal movements in Central Europe«

12.05.2021 André Freire, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa:

»The socialist parties in Iberia, before and after the Great Recession, with some insights from Greece and Italy«

02.06.2021 Geoffrey Evans, Oxford University:

»The British Case: Labour, Structural Change and the Cost of Realignment«

16.06.2021 Yohann Aucante, EHESS Paris:

»Scandinavian social democracy at the crossroad. What's left of the Left?«

Academic Direction

Matthias Lutz-Bachmann, Director of the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, professor of philosophy, Goethe University

Pierre Monnet, Director of the Institut Franco-Allemand de Sciences Historiques et Sociales (IFRA), Dean of Studies at the EHESS in Paris, professor of medieval history, Goethe University

Hans-Jürgen Puhle, Professor emer. of political science with a focus on the comparative analysis of liberal democratic systems and democratic theory, Goethe University