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Outrage - Cultural Diversity as a Guiding Principle under Criticism

The third episode of the podcast "More Than a Feeling – Gefühle und Gesellschaft" is all about the outrage that often accompanies public discussions about cultural diversity. Our guests are Jürgen Brokoff and Christian von Scheve, who look at the phenomenon from a literary and sociological perspective.

Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, a cultural and social anthropologist, and Margreth Lünenborg, a communication scholar at Freie Universität Berlin, talk with their Berlin colleagues Jürgen Brokoff, a literary scholar, and Christian von Scheve, a sociologist, about their research project "Contestations of the principle of multicultural diversity in Germany's literary and political public spheres.” The focus will be on literary and political positions on the topic, the intersections of both fields, and what linguistic, artistic, and emotional forms they take.

Using the example of prominent debates around questions of integration and migration, around "dictatorship of opinion" and "right-wing intellectuals," the discussion will show how complex a precise classification of individual viewpoints can be. We discuss about, how useful is the division into 'right-wing' and 'left-wing' really? What does neutrality mean for the researchers in dealing with their politically highly sensitive subject matter?

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