Dahrendorf Forum concludes 10-year initiative with event series and contributions from top scholars

Joint Hertie School and LSE project contributed to public debate on the role of Europe in the world.

The Dahrendorf Forum, a decade-long initiative of the Hertie School and the London School of Economics and Political Science funded by Stiftung Mercator, has concluded its 10-year project with a series of panel discussions on the future of the liberal order. 

The concluding event also featured written contributions from top scholars (open access for a limited time) in the UC Press journal Global Perspectives

The Dahrendorf Forum was founded by Helmut Anheier, Professor of Sociology and past President of the Hertie School, and led by co-directors Anheier and Iain Begg of LSE. The initiative aimed to address questions about the future of Europe and its role in the world. It involved more than 80 researchers from Europe and beyond, producing more than 100 publications and holding over 120 events in Berlin, London, Brussels, and Washington in the 10-year period. 

The Forum’s namesake, Ralf Dahrendorf, a sociologist and politician who played a leading role in shaping public debate about Europe, wrote that intellectuals “have the duty to doubt everything that is obvious, to make relative all authority, to ask all those questions that no one else dares to ask.”

Recent and past contributions can be found on the Dahrendorf Forum website

Find a video of the concluding events here.