About this blog

Here, I publish thoughts on Europe, politics, culture and/or life in general. For various reasons, I haven’t posted very often. Comments and suggestions always welcome.

About me

(c) Asmus Henkel
(c) Asmus Henkel

During the academic year 2014-15 I was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA, where I remained affiliated through 2017.

In early 2011, I moved to Berlin to initiate Publixphere, an open and nonpartisan space for political discussion both on- and offline; I still chair the non-profit association Publixphere e.V.. Publixphere is the attempt to create a space in which politically interested citizens can discuss politics with others – including decision-makers and institutional actors – regardless of whether they are already politically active or not. Across political boundaries. Publixphere Berlin had its high times 2012-16.

From 2012-14, I coordinated the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC), working from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.

From 1999-2004, I studied International Relations at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. I hold a doctorate (Dr. rer. publ.) from the same university; you can find an abstract of my thesis from 2009, which I wrote about “culture, national identity and the democratic deficit in the EU”, here.

Places of previous work not mentioned above: Flo Peters Gallery; European Capital of Culture 2010 – Essen for the Ruhr; Free University of Berlin


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