The 2023/24 Fellowship cohort will officially kick off with the upcoming Fellows' Exchange Meeting at Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, scheduled from October 19th to 21st. The focal point of the event revolves around the theme "Neighbouring and Neighbourhoods", exploring how geographical, disciplinary, legal, and political neighbours shape ideas, policy and politics, research in academia and practice, bureaucracy and living environments in Europe.
First Fellows’ Exchange Meeting: Neighbouring and Neighbourhoods
The meeting kicks off with a gathering at the Forum Transregionale Studien, offering Fellows the opportunity get to know each other and the re:constitution programme. Democracy Reporting International, our program partner, will be present as well during the meeting and will offer an interactive session tailored for this occasion.
In the evening, while cooking and sharing dinner, the Fellows will engage in a conversation with Viktoriya Sereda, Head coordinator of VUIAS - Virtual Ukraine Institute for Advanced Study and member of the Research Group 'Prisma Ukraїna, War Migration, Memory' at Forum Transregionale Studien on her research on Displacement in war-torn Ukraine.
The second day sees re:constitution Fellows joining forces with RARE (Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe), a solidarity programme for human rights defenders in Europe. Together, they will engage in debates on current challenges in Europe, such as shrinking civic spaces or the implications of Polish elections.
The afternoon will be dedicated to questions on communicating the rule of law with our colleagues from Democracy Reporting International.
The final day concludes with a workshop centered on "Socio-Legal Lab – An Experimental Approach to Research on Law in Action." Led by Lisa Hahn, Research Fellow at Berlin Social Science Center, and Siddharth Peter de Souza, Postdoctoral Researcher at Tilburg Law School, this workshop will enable the Fellows to navigate challenges of interdisciplinary research bridging the realms of legal studies and social sciences. This approach aligns with the Fellows’ diverse backgrounds and thematic research choices for their Fellowship, offering them valuable resources to support their research projects.
We eagerly anticipate the gathering of the Fellows and the beginning of a new Fellowship year filled with enriching experiences, encounters and collaborative endeavours that will contribute to a deeper understanding of the current and future status of the rule of law and democracy in Europe.