In June 2019, EDP Network member Johannes returned to Berlin and joined the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)” at Freie Universität Berlin. SCRIPTS is a joint endeavor of various Berlin-based universities and research institutes that are dedicated to analyze the various contestations that liberalism experiences, ranging from populism, authoritarianism, nationalism, to questions of citizenship and migration, from social inequality and free markets to different understandings of temporalities and critiques of ideas of linear progress. The Cluster is explicitly global, historical, and comparative in its outlook, unifying various disciplines under one thematic umbrella.
At SCRIPTS, Johannes will serve as the Academic Coordinator of the Theory Network. This network is a work unit that cuts across the research units and research projects of the Cluster. It is designed to be a place of exchange of concepts, epistemological perspectives, and theoretical traditions that reflect the plurality of approaches adopted in the Cluster. It should facilitate the theoretical exchange of participating scholars and aims at synthesizing the different empirical results of the Cluster into a coherent, empirically grounded theory of the contestations of the liberal script. Simultaneously, Johannes will be a research fellow at the Global Governance Unit of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
Before returning to Berlin, Johannes worked for eight months as a lecturer at the Technical University Munich. During this time, Johannes taught research methods and digitalization, while continuing to pursue his research on democratization processes and authoritarian politics.