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The Centres

THE NEW INSTITUTE currently funds and collaborates with four international research centres which were established in 2016. For more information, please visit the respective websites.

The Centre in Santa Barbara led by Tom Carlson pursues research on the existential grounds and implications of social change, emphasizing its ethical, psychological, and spiritual stakes. Themes at the core of its initial work include the status of fact and value in current public discourse; the epistemological and ethical significance of the human affections; and intergenerational responsibility and care for the future.
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The Centre in Venice is led by Shaul Bassi, an expert in Shakespeare stressing the importance of the arts in academic and public discourse. The program here is shaped around the environmental humanities, connecting its research to the history and challenges of its home, Venice.
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The Centre in Cambridge, UK, focuses on the complex relationship between technology and democracy. Marcus Tomalin is supervising research into the social impact of artificially intelligent communications technology, Anna Alexandrova is leading enquiry into the pushback against elites and experts more specifically in current societies.
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The Centre in Berlin is following the tradition of the critical theory, under the guidance of the political philosopher Rahel Jaeggi. The interest is in the pathologies of capitalism both current and past to understand how social change can be best advanced in an age of escalating inequality.
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