EU Ideas Lab: ‘Democracy thrives on an exchange of views’

DAAD- alumni from Germany, Austria and Hungary are using a virtual EU Ideas Lab to find ways of jointly advancing democratic development in Europe. Sociologist Nóra Regös, psychologist Hannah Nussmann and educationalist Eduardo Felisberto Buanaissa report on why the weekend together has inspired them for the long term.

‘We should listen to one another rather than censoring and criticising dissenters.’

Sociologist Nóra Regös is a research associate at the City of Heidelberg Coordination Office for Citizen Participation. She was previously a project assistant at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and conducted research at the University of Vienna from 2015 to 2018. Regös attended a Hungarian-German Nationality High School in Budapest. Her studies in Munich and Heidelberg were funded by a PASCH scholarship provided by the DAAD.

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‘We need to leave our academic bubble if we want to prevent people descending into the spiral of populist thinking.’

Psychologist Hannah Nussmann has been a research associate at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 2019 where she is conducting research into ‘Psychology and psychological violence in the GDR’. During her master’s degree course at the University of Wuppertal, in 2018 she undertook a five-month research stay at the University Putra Malaysia.

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‘So many ideas and opinions were exchanged that we didn’t want to stop when the time was up!’

Eduardo Felisberto Buanaissa is a research associate at Giessen University. He is writing his doctoral thesis, which is funded by the DAAD, on education policy in Mozambique. From 2014 to 2018 he was Advisor for Politics, Economics and Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Maputo.

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Author: Miriam Hoffmeyer

Your idea for a multicultural Europe

What is your idea for promoting cultural diversity in the EU and fighting back against right-wing populism? Feel free to share your thoughts on this subject with the community.

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September 2021