Research

Ukraine, Russia and the Future of the West

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The object of this project is the production of the manuscript of a short and accessible book on the recent events and ongoing war in Ukraine, meant as a guide to possible policy reactions and as an inquiry into the state of American and European public discourse as well as a description of the place of Ukraine in the contemporary world.
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Ukraine in European Dialogue

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Understanding Ukraine and the nature of the current conflict with Russia is vital for the future of the European endeavor. The new project Ukraine in European Dialogue seeks to contribute to this exchange.
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Re-thinking Europe in a Post-European Age

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“Europe” is a key concept in Patocka’s writings. This project, launched in 2015, will focus on the philosophical idea of Europe and its meaning in today’s globalized (post-European) world.
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Between Bukharin and Balcerowicz:
A Comparative History of Economic Thought under Communism

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In April 2014, the IWM launched a long-term comparative research project on the history of economic ideas in nine communist countries: Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, GDR, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
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The Balkans as Europe

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A current project within the research focus United Europe – Divided History, “The Balkans as Europe,” takes a new approach to understanding the history of the Balkans and, in turn, Europe as a whole. This project places the Balkans at the center of European developments, not as a conflict-ridden problem zone, but rather as a full-fledged European region.
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Polemical Christianity: Jan Patočka’s Concept of Religion and the Crisis of Modernity

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The project dealt with the question of religion in the philosophical work of Jan Patočka and its importance for what is often referred to as the „crisis of modernity“.
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Neujobs

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From September 2012 to January 2014 the IWM participated in the EU FP7-funded project Neujobs. Creating and Adapting Jobs in Europe in the Context of the Socio-Ecological Transition. IWM Permanent Fellow János Mátyás Kovács directed the project’s Work Package 2, entitled “Good Jobs” in a “Good Economy”.
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Religious Traditionalism and Politics

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This research-focus aims at the comparative study of these and other traditionalist religious actors and their political agendas.
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Russia in Global Dialogue

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There is an urgent need for re-engagement between the Russian debate on the global future and European debate on the choices that Russia faces. With Russia’s recent return to power politics and the fears of a new Cold War, this need is even more acute.
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Pavel Florensky and the Nature of Russian Religious Philosophy: Overcoming the Religious-Secular Divide

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This project studied religion and secularism in the writings of Pavel Florensky (1882-1937), one of the main representatives of Russian religious philosophy. Funded by the Austrian Fund of Sciences (FWF).
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