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Strengthen the European Democracy at work and making Brussels my new home in private.
Restless but relaxed individual seeking wisdom, enough time with a boyfriend and the best ways to contribute to something meaningful: strengthening the democratic control by the people to make the world more social, in tune with the boundaries of the planet and therefore enjoyable. For most recent info, look me up on https://twitter.com/buergerbeck
It's anyway all socially constructed so let's have fun changing it the right way.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosted people in Berlin, Delhi and Brussels, surfed in Athens, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Munic, Rostock and elsewhere.
Teach me something, a joke, a wisdom, a good recipe... Would love to meet French speaking people for using this beautiful language: Parles-tu le Francais?
Would be fun to connect CS to Wikipedia and other forms of voluntary networks that can make the world a better place!
Politics, philosophy, theology (Christian, Muslim, Hindu), natural sciences, history, archaeology, cooking, myths, theatre, painting, sculptures...
- political science
Music, Movies, and Books
"Der Weltensammler" by Ilija Trojanow
"Zorbas" by Nikos Kazantzakis
"A Friend of the Earth" by T. C. Boyle
"Islamische Skalvinnen" by Mariolina Koller-Franconi
"Die Mosaische Unterscheidung" by Jan Assmann
"Prototyp" by Ralf König"Rumo
Die Wunder im Dunkeln" by Walter Moers
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
"Der Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Built a snowman on a lower Indian Himalaly peak while a hike and while Delhi was above 40 degree Celsius.
Wrote a diploma thesis on the change of the political system in Delhi and the influence of the quality of the press on it.
Kept friendships also years after meeting people on different continents.
Teach, Learn, Share
Continental federalism in comparision: the cases of the European Union and the Indian Union
- Dipl. Pol. Christian Beck - block seminar - for registration please e-mail
The course aims at a careful comparision of the political systems of India and the sui generis project of the EU. More than a comparision of the language-wise, legal and culturally homogenous United States of America, the two systems provide for an interesting research opportunity due to similar diversity in cultures, languages and political systems of the substates. Yet, while India is fast catching up Western economic development, the EU still tries to develop a legal framework narrowing down the capacity expectation gap concerning its global political role. The course draws from political science, sociological, legal and historical accounts.
- Weber, Max 1918: Parlament und Regierung im Neugeordneten Deutschland, Zur politischen Kritik des Beamtentums und Parteiwesens, Duncker & Humblot, München
- Thakurta, Paranjoy Guha; Raghuraman, Shankar 2004: A Time of Coalitions, Divided We Stand, Sage Publications, New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, London
- Narain, Iqbal; Puri, Shasti Lata 1976: Legislators in an Indian State: A Study of Role Images and the Pattern of Constituency Linkages, In: Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol I, No 3, August 1976, Comparative Legislative Research Center, University of Iowa, pp. 315-30
- Hasan, Zoya (Ed.) 2006 : Parties and Party Politics in India, Oxford India Paperbacks, New Delhi
The future of German politics: Learning from the experience of young politicians
- Dipl. Pol. Anne Knauf, Dipl Pol. Christian Beck - block seminar - for registration please e-mail
The course builds on the practical experience of the involved faculty in social-democrat and green party sub-organisations as well as academic self-rule bodies of the Free University of Berlin but also their interaction with other levels of German politics on state and federal level. Personal experience in similar fieds is no precondition but recommended for participants.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Can teach to write your name in Hindi, to cook some tasty Indian styled recipes and understand complex political questions. I like fairy tales and am most willing to bring some along to tell!
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, Germany, India