In this interview, Steffen Mau and Helmut K. Anheier discuss Professor Mau’s writing on postcommunist East Germany, the nature of modern borders, the quantification of the social, and the current state of the social sciences. They explore the lingering social cleavages in unified Germany, discuss how borders have expanded and transformed since the end of the Cold War, and ask what changes are needed to keep the social sciences relevant for the twenty-first century.

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