Monday, 18 January 2021

Webinar \ After the storm of the Capitol: How endangered is democracy?

On 6 January, radical supporters of US President Donald Trump violently entered the Capitol and interrupted the joint session of Congress convened to formally name Joe Biden as president-elect. On 18 January 2021, Professor Thomas Mockaitis, DePaul University, Chicago, provided context and background on the insurrection attempt in a webinar organised by BICC.

Photo: Thomas Mockaitis (private)

The breach of the Capitol led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. Was this an isolated event or is the democratic consensus in the US breaking down, challenged by those whose alternative view of reality prevents them from accepting any version of events but their own? Professor Thomas Mockaitis, DePaul University, Chicago, discussed these questions.

Dr Marc von Boemcken, Researcher at BICC, reflected, as discussant, upon how the events in the US are being perceived in Germany and upon current dynamics of extremist radicalisation in this country.

The webinar was moderated by Maurice Doering, Researcher at BICC and coordinator of CoRE-NRW - Connecting Research on Extremism in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Zoom event took place on 18 January 2021, 17:00-18:30 hrs (Berlin time)

Invitation (pdf, in English)