Read our BKHS Magazine "Living Democracy!"

The pressures democracy faces both at home and abroad have given a real boost to thinking about and mobilizing for democracy. But what does it mean to really "live democracy"?

Download our BKHS Magazine “Living Democracy!” to find out – published on the occasion of the Helmut Schmidt Lecture 2021. The issue includes more than 20 opinion pieces and impulses from numerous authors, activists and artists - all about and for a living democracy.

Read the full Lecture Magazine here:


With contributions by Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop, Julia Strasheim, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Donatella Della Porta, Ivan Krastev, Thorsten Benner, Helfried Carl, Jan Eichhorn, Christine Hübner, Luca Manucci, Marta Pardavi, Sophie Pornschlegel, Sarah Brockmeier, Elisabeth Winter, Peer Steinbrück, Julia Wolf, Michael Trube and Lars Brozus.

Author: Merle Strunk, M.A.

Education and Knowledge Transfer Officer

Merle Strunk, M.A., is a historian with a focus on knowledge transfer in museums. She has been involved in exhibition and publication projects at various institutions, including the Museum of Work. As a history educator, she is engaged in building bridges between historical events and the present at the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung. In addition, she works on issues of visual and public history.

Author: Dr. Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop

Dr. Nina-Kathrin Wienkoop was Programme Director „Democracy and Society“ until 2022. She is an associate of the Institut für Protest- und Bewegungsforschung (Institute for the Study of Protest and Social Movements) in Berlin and the Deutsches Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (German Centre for Integration and Migration Research). At the latter, she previously headed a research project on participation in youth activism and commitment. She publishes, consults, researches and teaches on topics such as the resilience of democracies, domestic and international democracy promotion, youth engagement, non-violent resistance, diversity and protest, the culture of debate, and diversity-conscious organizational development in civil society. Her approach is actor-oriented and sensitive to diversity.