For his book No Laughing Matter, British sociologist Steven Lukes collected over 600 political jokes from all over the world. He will try out the best of these on a Viennese audience on 6 June at Kabarett Vindobona, aided and abetted by political scientist Ivan Krastev, who will explain some of the jokes’ historical background, as well as contribute tales of his own encounters with the powerful and mighty from Europe and elsewhere. The evening, organized by the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, will be the inaugural event of a new initiative by the City of Vienna to make scientific research and scholarship more visible at district level.
Professor of Sociology, New York University; Krzysztof Michalski Visiting Fellow, IWM
Chair, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia; Permanent Fellow, IWM