The rise of right wing movements across the globe, increasing polarisation and an alarming increase in anti-Semitism across Europe require us to look at the past and understand the politics and policies of exclusion we continue to witness today – and what we can do as stewards of good governance to combat against them.

In November 2020, the Hertie Foundation commissioned the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte to conduct a comprehensive study on the history of its assets. The independent study will be conducted Dr. Johannes Bähr and PD Dr. Ingo Köhler with a focus on the period from 1933 and will be published as a book-length project by the end of 2022.

As the work of Dr. Bähr and Dr. Köhler progresses, Acting President Mark Hallerberg would like to invite members of our community to explore the politics and policies of exclusion both in a historical and contemporary context. 

Upcoming event

Forced labour and labour law that excludes
Thursday, 18.11.2021 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CET | Online via Zoom

While slavery and forced labour has existed for millennia, globalisation and the transnational nature of contemporary global supply chains, across multiple jurisdictions with varying and often low degrees of protection for workers, have exacerbated the challenge of eradicating forced labour. Although forced labour is illegal in most countries, it remains widely used within some supply chains. Recognising this, governments have enacted new legislation and initiatives to address forced labour and modern slavery. In this session, we will discuss contemporary issues regarding forced labour and the promise and limits of government efforts to eradicate it from supply chains.

Join Sébastien Mena and the Hertie School community to explore the politics and policies of exclusion, both in a historical and contemporary context. Genevieve LeBaron will provide a keynote address, followed by an open Q&A.

Learn more and register here.

Past events

Consequences of the Nazi regime for firms | 30.03.2021

The launch event of the series took place on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, and featured Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Joachim Scholtyseck. Dr. Scholtyseck discussed the policy tools the National Socialists used to suppress the economic growth or success of Jewish-owned firms in Germany. The event, moderated by our Dean of Executive Education Andrea Römmele, explored the origins and consequences of enforced reorganisation on companies and organisations in Germany after the Nazis came to power.


Policies of exclusion today | 11.05.2021

The second event in the series took place on Tuesday, 11 May 2021, and discussed what processes change a society into an exclusionary community and with which impulses and procedures institutions in democracies respond to the pressures they are under.

The Hertie School welcomed Daniel Ziblatt, award-winning author and director of the research unit Transformations of Democracy at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) to deliver a keynote lecture, addressing topics from his best-selling book, "How Democracies Die".  Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of European Politics Christine Reh moderated an open discussion with Professor Ziblatt following his remarks.

Watch the recording on YouTube.


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