Events Calendar

December 2017

12
Dec
2017

Rebuilding the Hungarian Right through Civil Organization and Contention

Starting in 2010, the Fidesz party achieved in a row six (partly landslide) victories at municipal, national, and European Parliament elections. Not questioning other explanations, my ongoing research traces the remarkable resilience of the ruling party above all to earlier “tectonic” shifts in civil society, which helped the Right accumulate ample social capital well before …
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November 2017

30
Nov
2017

Eine kurze Geschichte meiner Philosophie

Gespräch mit Ágnes Heller anlässlich ihres neuen Buches „Eine kurze Geschichte meiner Philosophie“. In diesem Buch folgt sie ihrem eigenen Werdegang und erinnert sich an Meilensteine und Wendepunkte ihrer Entwicklung – geprägt von entschlossener Zuversicht auch unter schwierigsten äußeren Bedingungen. Es ist ein Buch über Zivilcourage, eine Schule der Mündigkeit besonderer Art.     Ágnes …
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27
Nov
2017

After Europe

Can democratic institutions be transformed to serve exclusionary ends? Why has the ongoing refugee crisis transformed the politics of Central and Eastern European states—despite the fact that these countries host virtually no migrants? And what do demographic and generational changes mean for the liberal consensus that emerged in the wake of communism’s fall? In this …
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26
Nov
2017

Dialektik der Unfreiheit in Osteuropa

Werkstattgespräch Dialektik der Unfreiheit in Osteuropa Aspen Brinton, Ivan Krastev und Paul Lendvai im Gespräch mit Ilija Trojanow Nähere Details: www.alte-schmiede.at Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache! Dialektik der Befreiung 24.-26. November, 2017 Das gesamte Programm zum Download Veranstalter:  Alte Schmiede Kunstverein Wien. Kooperationspartner: Filmarchiv Austria/METRO Kinokulturhaus Freud Museum Wien IWM/Institute for Human Sciences Italienisches Kulturinstitut Wien …
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24
Nov
2017

Die Rückeroberung der Zukunft

Der Theaterregisseur und Essayist Milo Rau, dessen Kongotribunal aktuell als Film zu sehen und auch in Buchform dokumentiert ist, ist einer der Proponenten einer General Assembly, eines Weltparlaments der Entrechteten und Ausgebeuteten. In seiner Eröffnungsrede zeichnet er ein unbeque mes Porträt unserer Zeit, entwirft aber auch Exit-Strategien aus grassierendem Alarmismus und falscher Moral. Shalini Randeria, …
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23
Nov
2017

Multiple Modernen und die Dynamik der transnationalen Öffentlichkeit

Die Geschichte wird von den Siegern geschrieben, verkündete Winston Churchill einst. Die Geschichte könnte aber auch von den Verlierern erkannt und vielleicht sogar geschrieben werden, wie wir den Spätschriften Walter Benjamins entnehmen können. Bei vielen kontroversen Großprojekten, wie der Trans-Alaska-Pipeline oder Stuttgart 21, werden Stimmen des Protests schnell zum Verstummen gebracht – Protestierende erscheinen somit …
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20
Nov
2017

Science Speed Talks

Join our Fellows at the Weingut Schilling for a special evening. Instead of sitting in one chair all evening, you’ll have the chance to circulate among the speakers, hear about the latest developments in their field, and challenge them with your questions. Music: Ernst Molden & Walther Soyka. In cooperation with Stadt Wien In German …
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09
Nov
2017

Too Much Loyalty?

For centuries, elites and intellectuals alike have debated any number of questions about democracy: whether or not it should be instituted as a system of rule; whether it should or should not be extended; and, particularly in the last few decades, both how it can be given new vitality and how it can be protected …
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05
Nov
2017

The Tyranny of Greece over Germany

Alex Soros reconsiders the brilliant yet largely overlooked 1935 book by Eliza Marian Butler, The Tyranny of Greece over Germany. Butler analyzes the obsession of German enlightenment and Romantic writers and poets with Greek art as the highest possible standard. Starting with the account of the classical antique statue Laocoön by J. J. Winckelmann, the …
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October 2017

19
Oct
2017

Targeted Sanctions

International sanctions have become the instrument of choice for policy-makers dealing with a variety of different challenges to international peace and security. This is the first comprehensive and systematic analysis of all the targeted sanctions regimes imposed by the United Nations since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on the collaboration of more than …
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18
Oct
2017

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 4: Mykola Shpykovskyi Bread (1929) – 44 min Original with English subtitles [Info] [Trailer] Bread, a forgotten masterpiece of the Ukrainian film avant-garde, was banned immediately after production and never released. It was first shown to a narrow circle of Ukrainian film professionals …
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18
Oct
2017

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 3: Mikhail Kaufman An Unprecedented Campaign (1930) – 71 min Original with English subtitles This film is an undeservedly forgotten avant-garde masterpiece by Mikhail Kaufman, the brother and collaborator of the great Dziga Vertov. Lost for decades in the Ukrainian archives, this bold …
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17
Oct
2017

Constitutional and Political Theory

Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde is one of Europe’s foremost legal scholars and political thinkers. As a scholar of constitutional law, Böckenförde has been a major contributor to post-war German legal and political theory, especially to the conceptual framework with which the modern state and its presuppositions ought to be conceived. His writings have consistently shaped not only academic …
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16
Oct
2017

Mute Avant-garde

Throughout the 1920s, the Ukrainian film production industry was one of the largest in Europe, and the liberal policies of VUFKU (the All-Ukrainian Film Administration, which was in charge of the film industry) helped entice not only specialists from Germany and Turkey, but also Russian film directors who had already fallen out of favor at …
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15
Oct
2017

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 2: Dziga Vertov Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbas (1931) – 65 min Original with English subtitles [Info] Enthusiasm is the first Ukrainian sound film. Made in 1930 by Dziga Vertov, a master of the cinematic avant-garde, it was the first motion picture in …
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15
Oct
2017

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 1: Oleksandr Dovzhenko Earth (1930) – 84 min Original with English subtitles [Info] [Trailer] The silent classic Earth is usually mentioned as one of the greatest movies of the Soviet era, alongside Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera. …
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13
Oct
2017

Ukrainian History as World History: 1917-2017

The main theme of European history in the 20th Century is the transition from empire to integration. Ukraine is the country whose experiences bring together European and global themes that allow us to see this process. 1917 is the year to begin – the anti-colonial revolution that was also a colonial revolution. Timothy Snyder is …
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10
Oct
2017

Orbán

Through a masterly and cynical manipulation of ethnic nationalism, and deep-rooted corruption, Prime Minister Orbán has exploited successive electoral victories to build a closely knit and superrich oligarchy. More than any other EU leader, he wields undisputed power over his people. Orbán’s ambitions are far-reaching. Hailed by governments and far-right politicians as the champion of …
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09
Oct
2017

A Future for Europe?

We are living in times of individual, political, economic and societal uncertainty. Europe is confronted with an unprecedented crisis, an internal self-questioning of the project itself manifested by the rise of nationalism and populism, coupled with external challenges of the wave refugees, the crisis in the Middle East and Russia. Brexit and Trump, the democratic …
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08
Oct
2017

Trojanow trifft: Orient und Okzident

Der Orient, heute vor allem eine Bedrohungschiffre, war fur europäische Künstler/innen jahrhundertelang eine Verführung und Verheißung. Spätestens seit Goethes West-östlicher Divan gelten die Dichter des Ostens als Meister einer anderen Weltsicht und Ästhetik. Unzählige Übersetzungen, Bearbeitungen und Fortschreibungen waren die Folge. Gleichzeitig gab es eine Faszination für alles Orientalische, für die Kleidung und die Sitten, …
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04
Oct
2017

Episodes in the History of the “Maker of Fact”

When looking amazed today at the seemingly sudden melting away of the solidity of brute facts, it might be instructive to look attentively at the ideas and practices of the artistic avant-garde in the first third of the twentieth century. Their persecutors, the Stalinist ideologues, the socialist realists, and the interrogators, prosecutors, executors, who defeated …
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01
Oct
2017

Wie steht es um die Verantwortung in einer digital-globalen Welt?

“Hier stehe ich und kann nicht anders.” (Martin Luther) Eigenverantwortung und Individualismus – das waren zwei wichtige Merkmale der Reformation.  Sowohl theologisch als auch soziologisch gesehen. Wie steht es heute um das Stellung beziehen? Wofür beziehen religiöse Menschen Stellung? Ist das überhaupt noch gefragt? Oder geht es Gesellschaften ohne Religion nicht ohnehin besser? Es diskutierten: …
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September 2017

22
Sep
2017

Vienna Humanities Festival
22. – 24. September 2017

Bereits zum zweiten Mal versammelt das Vienna Humanities Festival führende Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Kunst und Kultur zu einem ebenso konzentrierten wie inspirierenden Gedankenaustausch. Rund 40 Gespräche und Diskussionen verwandeln den Karlsplatz zwei Tage lang in einen weiträumigen urbanen Salon. Das diesjährige Generalthema lautet „Revolution!“. Der inhaltliche Bogen spannt sich von Russland 1917 über die 68er-Bewegung …
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20
Sep
2017

Turkey and Russia in the New Global (Dis)Order

What we witness today is the unraveling of the post-Cold War international order, and both Russia and Turkey play a major role in this process. But what do Moscow and Ankara want? What new order do they dream of? Is the same dream shared by both? What defines their foreign policy – the nature of …
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14
Sep
2017

Cancelled!" rel="bookmark"> Human Rights and Democracy – Cancelled!

The Monthly Lecture has had to be cancelled! We appreciate your understanding! The complex relation of human rights and democracy is a burning issue in political philosophy. Attempts at foundation range from the priority of one over the other, or their being equiprimordial. Reflecting on an inherent relation of human rights and democracy, the lecture …
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11
Sep
2017

“For example!”

A conversation on the relationship of text and photography, and the representations of war and history in an Ukrainian city. Yevgenia Belorusets is an artist and writer who lives and works in Kiev and Berlin. She is a founder of  Prostory, a Ukrainian journal for literature, art and politics, and has been a member of the …
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June 2017

28
Jun
2017

Junior Fellows’ Workshop

Gender, Class, and National Identities 10.00-10.40 Ekaterina Borozdina All Shades of ‘Natural’: Defining Natural Childbirth and Midwifery Profession in Russia Discussant: Reka Kinga Papp 10.40-11.20 Chiara Bonfiglioli The ‘Working Mother’ Gender Contract in Socialist Yugoslavia and Its Ambivalences Discussant: Goran Musić *** Coffee break 11.20- 11.40 *** 11.40-12.20 Wiktor Marzec Performing and Remembering Nationalist Workers’ …
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27
Jun
2017

Über Tyrannei

Wir sind nicht klüger als die Menschen, die erlebt haben, wie überall in Europa die Demokratie unterging und Faschismus, Nationalsozialismus und Kommunismus kamen. Aber einen Vorteil haben wir. Wir können aus ihren Erfahrungen lernen. Timothy Snyder, führender Historiker des 20. Jahrhunderts, wendet sich mit seinem neuen, dringenden Buch an die Bürger von Donald Trumps Amerika. …
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22
Jun
2017

Truth in Times of War—and the New War on Truth

  It has become a commonplace that we live in a “post-truth” era. Is “post-truth” just another chapter in the long history of propaganda, or does it represent a new phenomenon? What we currently observe in public discourse is indeed a tendency to dismiss the very difference between true and false, fact and fiction – …
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21
Jun
2017

The Socialist University

In Eastern Europe postwar changes paved the way for the building of a socialistic university, something seen as one of many possible solutions to a rising need for university reform and education for the working classes. My research does not only address how we think about a particular university, or even universities in general in …
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21
Jun
2017

Researching Labour History in Post-Socialist Contexts

After years of neglect and scepticism towards labour as a subject of study in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the topic is making a slow but significant comeback among scholars working the region. In the post-socialist space, a new generation of scholars is tackling the experience of work in the socialist and post-socialist era from …
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20
Jun
2017

Academic Freedom in the „Other Europe“

Universities are under threat in a number of countries both in and outside of the European Union. Panel participants will discuss the ways in which illiberal regimes in three countries (Hungary, Russia and Turkey) seek to cope with the fact that they are facing academic institutions that emerged under more permissive conditions and that insist on their …
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13
Jun
2017

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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07
Jun
2017

The Olympic Games in Personalistic Authoritarian Regimes

In this seminar,  Elena Trubina problematizes the attempts of international sports bodies like the IOC and FIFA to prompt emerging economies to compete for hosting global sporting events. Her intervention in the debates on mega-events in non-Western countries, which to date have focused primarily on events held in South America, highlights the lack of theoretical …
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01
Jun
2017

Im Zeit-Raum: Der Schatten der imperialen Lebensweise – Wege zur globalen Solidarität

Der globale Norden eignet sich die Ressourcen des globalen Südens an und beutet u.a. die billige Arbeitskraft von Textilarbeiterinnen und -arbeitern oder den Produzentinnen bzw. Produzenten landwirtschaftlicher Exportgüter aus. Diese imperiale Lebensweise braucht das “Außen”, auf das ihre Kosten verlagert und von dem die benötigten Ressourcen bezogen werden können. Dieses Außen schrumpft im selben Maße, …
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May 2017

31
May
2017

Looks like Home

In May-June, the Ukrainian journalist and filmmaker Angelina Kariakina will be a Fellow of the Ukraine in European Dialogue program of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM). On this occasion, colabs, the media laboratory of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, in cooperation with the IWM, will screen and discuss two new documentaries produced by …
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24
May
2017

Reproductive Autonomy

The dimensions, scope and limits of reproductive autonomy remain largely uncharted. Nevertheless, besides the traditional rights of freedom from state intervention in human reproduction and of access to contraception and pregnancy termination, the debate on international and constitutional law in this area suggests that there is also a right to fulfil the wish for a …
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22
May
2017

Is Western Democracy Slipping Away?

We are sorry to inform you that this lecture has had to be cancelled! Thank you for your understanding! In 1989, we were all very optimistic about the expansion of democracy; but now we have the opposite fear: is it contracting? I want to look at democracy in its long-established Western heartland; what is threatening …
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18
May
2017

Europe and Austria: The Shape of the Future?

Europe is changing. Looking outwards, it has to operate increasingly as a global player; looking inwards, it needs to counter the centrifugal tendencies of some of its member states by strengthening regional cooperations. For a small country like Austria, the latter are crucial, but many neighbouring countries’ internal developments are putting a strain on their …
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17
May
2017

From Little Russia to Ukraine

The idea of Ukraine as a European nation was first formulated in the late 18th century within the Russian Empire. But to become a modern nation, Ukrainians had not only to secede from the Russian Empire, but also to break away from Poland, which, despite its loss of independence in the partitions (1772-1795), remained the dominant …
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16
May
2017

Grabbed by the Pussy

Despite the moral justifications voiced by medical professionals, obstetrics was and still is designed in a biopolitically driven fashion that conquers its subjects hospitalization,discipline regimes and a variety of legal ties. This condition is rooted in the three centuries of history of obstetrics in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and has a lot to do with the …
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10
May
2017

New Wars as a Social Condition

Building on her longstanding and groundbreaking research on the “New Wars”, this lecture by Mary Kaldor explained that the difference between old and new wars is not empirical but conceptual. New wars have a different logic from old wars. Old wars  (both inter-state wars and classic civil wars) can be analysed in Clausewitzean terms as …
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10
May
2017

“New Wars” and the Human Condition

In recent decades, there has been an increasing recognition among historians and political scientists concerning the advent of new configurations of warfare, commonly referred to as the New Wars. This concept registers a pervasive transformation in warfare that decisively breaks with traditional understandings of war: On the one hand, the implementation of advanced technological means …
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08
May
2017

Heine’s Pantheism

Heinrich Heine’s pantheism brought together identification with sensual antiquity, irreverence toward institutional religion, an original outlook on German philosophy, and a radically modern literary sensibility. In the wake of the “pantheism controversy” of 1785-9, like several of his predecessors, Heine identified Baruch Spinoza’s philosophy with pantheism in the sense of God as nature, the “absolute” …
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04
May
2017

The Affects of Democracy

In this year’s Patočka Memorial Lecture, political theorist Chantal Mouffe examines the crucial role played in politics by what she calls ‘passions’ to refer to the common affects that are at stake in the construction of collective identities. Taking her bearings from Spinoza, Freud and Wittgenstein and from the agonistic model of democracy that she …
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April 2017

27
Apr
2017

Hopes and Fears for the Internet

The internet as a social phenomenon is interpreted and exploited in different ways, from an empowering technology to a source of new threats to privacy. It is seen by researchers as a technology with many stakeholders. Plenty of people are engaged with it in one way or another, but no one completely understand its nature. The contemporary internet …
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26
Apr
2017

Sphere of Influence III

Populist revolt within countries has its complement in a populist revolt against the liberal, rules-based international order, which is driven by three revisionist powers – China, Russia, Iran – that have rich histories as civilizations, empires that once extended well beyond their current size, a powerful sense of historic entitlement and of historic grievance.  Today …
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24
Apr
2017

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning—the possibility of “fixing” the air’s temperature at will—is one of the oldest dreams of man­kind. It means creating a world without heat or cold, rain or snow, without suffocating humidity or dusty winds. Climate control allows for a life with­out weather, without meteorological contingencies and surprises, extreme weather events, seasonal changes, or locally …
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20
Apr
2017

What’s ‘New’ About the ‘New Authoritarians’?

The autocrat of the mid-20th century was a strict and demanding father out to shape you into an ideal. He wanted you to modernize, learn self-discipline and, above all, self-sacrifice. Today’s authoritarians, by contrast, expect very little of their “children.” They do not seek to transform their subjects or mould them into an ideal. What happened? …
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19
Apr
2017

Sphere of Influence II

Do we really know the answer?  Two opposing political projects have framed that question.  One equates fascism and communism as totalitarianism; the other proffers a heroic portrayal of communism as anti-fascism.  The first delegitimates the left, the second legitimates it.  But there is a different story, one rooted in a history that has always been …
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05
Apr
2017

Sphere of Influence I

A History of the Present The liberal, rules-based international order did not take shape predominantly as a consequence of highmindedness, but as a sphere of influence.  That, moreover, was to a great extent inspired, and sustained, by a comprehensive cold war with the Soviet Union (or Second World, as it was once called).  The sphere …
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02
Apr
2017

Leben wir im Zeitalter des Populismus?

Nicht nur in den meisten europäischen Staaten, sondern weltweit befinden sich Populisten und populistische Parteien auf dem Vormarsch, wie auch der Wahlsieg von Donald Trump in den USA zeigt. Diese Entwicklungen werfen Fragen auf: Wann sind Politiker Populisten? Wie wirkt sich ihr Handeln auf demokratische Gesellschaften aus? Wie soll man mit Populisten “auf demokratische Weise” …
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March 2017

29
Mar
2017

Lessons of the Past

Session 1: 14:30-15:30 “Only Kids in Cots? Massification and the Everyday Workings of Populations” Leyla Safta-Zecheria (IWM Visiting Fellow; CEU, Budapest) Discussant: Ekaterina Borozdina (IWM Visiting Fellow; National Research Tomsk State University) “Made in Germany: From Boycott to Acceptance” Noa Swisa (IWM Visiting Fellow; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Discussant: János Mátyás Kovác (IWM Permanent …
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27
Mar
2017

Migration, Asylum and Human Rights

Walls, razor wire and fences are going up all over Europe—and North America too—as democracies face the challenge of mass migration. How do we reconcile refugee’s rights of asylum with sovereign rights of border control and citizens’ rights to security?  The language of rights is now on a collision course with the language of democracy …
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23
Mar
2017

Russia’s Big Comeback in the Middle East

Since the outbreak of the uprising in Syria 2011, Russia has significantly upgraded its role in the region – leading even to a military intervention on behalf of the Syrian regime in 2015. In 2017, Russia is leading efforts to reach a political settlement in Syria. Also in other countries – for example in Egypt …
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21
Mar
2017

The End of Europe

Once the world’s bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to tear the European postwar consensus apart. With President Trump now threatening to abandon America’s traditional role as upholder of the …
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09
Mar
2017

A Way Out of the Crisis

After spending decades working to construct a common market and developing a system of regulatory politics, member states have been forced to take on a new role since the financial and geopolitical drama of 2008: they are now also practicing a “politics of events.” “They have saved a currency, engaged Russia in a battle of …
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08
Mar
2017

The Transnational and the Local

In my paper, I am going to discuss some findings of my current research project, entitled “Transnational Nationalism,” which studies transnational exchanges among various radical right-wing/nationalist groups maintaining distinct, and at times mutually exclusive, aims and interests. Focusing on both nationalist groups’ cooperation across Europe and their engagement “on the ground,” my paper seeks to …
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05
Mar
2017

Europa, USA: Was ändert sich mit Trump?

Der neue US-Präsident Donald Trump wird eine andere Außenpolitik vertreten als Barack Obama. Es ist zu erwarten, dass die USA ihre bisherige Rolle als „Weltpolizei“ nicht mehr in dem Maße wie bisher ausüben wollen. Das hat Auswirkungen auf die Bündnispartner, nicht nur in der Nato. Was haben die Europäer von Trump zu erwarten? Die transatlantischen …
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02
Mar
2017

Democratic Inclusion: A Pluralistic Theory of Citizenship

Who has a claim to be included in a democratic political community? Answers to this question distinguish populists from democrats. But political theorists disagree amongst themselves what the right answer is. In this talk I propose that the question needs to be broken up into three: Whose interests should be represented in democratic decisions? Whose …
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February 2017

23
Feb
2017

Europe and Austria: The Shape of the Future?

The Political Salon with Erhard Busek had to be postponed to May 18 for organizational reasons. Please accept our apologies for any inconveniences this may cause. Registrations on: IWM/Events Europe is changing. Looking outwards, it has to operate increasingly as a global player; looking inwards, it needs to counter the centrifugal tendencies of some of …
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22
Feb
2017

The Moral Atmosphere in Eastern Europe

The curious contrast between the conflation of anti-market feelings and anti-welfare passion, a hatred for egalitarian-redistributive policies and a comparable hatred for a reduction of state regulation: what does it mean for the ideological character of the region in the near future? ‘Welfare state for the white middle class’ and for no one else? A …
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20
Feb
2017

How (not) to Explain Violence

Recent social science research has focused very much on the micro-dynamics of the situation in order to understand violent phenomena. The oftentimes very detailed accounts of massacres or pogroms, however, lead to questions concerning the interrelationship between pure description on the one side and explanation on the other. As will be seen, there is no …
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19
Feb
2017

Leben wir in revolutionären Zeiten?

Stehen wir vor einer Zeitenwende? Die Periode, die mit dem Fall der Berliner Mauer und des Eisernen Vorhangs vor mehr als einem Vierteljahrhundert begonnen hat, endet. Viele glaubten, 1989 sei eine Revolution ohne Gegenrevolution. Kommt nun der Rückschlag mit Brexit, Donald Trump in den USA und einer EU, in der die Fliehkräfte zunehmen? Kommt nach …
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16
Feb
2017

Die Welt des Herrn Bickford

DIE WELT DES HERRN BICKFORD. Roman (aus dem Russischen von Claudia Dathe; Haymon Verlag, 2017) In seinem skurril-melancholischen Roman wirft der ukrainische Schriftsteller Andrej Kurkow einen enthüllenden Blick auf die Nachkriegs-Sowjetunion und die Wunden in der Seele der »Sowjetmenschen«. Der junge Matrose Charitonow reist mit einer endlos langen Zündschnur in der Tasche westwärts durch die …
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13
Feb
2017

The Future of Russianness in Post-Maidan Ukraine

While Russia annexed Crimea and supported separatists in Donbas under the pretext of protecting Russian-speakers from the new “fascist” government in Kyiv, it was actually pro-Ukrainian mobilization in the large Russian-speaking cities of the east and south that prevented Ukraine from disintegrating further. Three years after the Maidan, what is the future of the Russian …
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January 2017

25
Jan
2017

Russia and the Western Far Right

The lecture discusses relations between various Russian actors (activists, politicians, organisations, media, officials, etc.) and the Western far right. It provides a historical perspective, discussing the pro-Soviet or pro-Russian views of particular Western far right activists, but its major focus is contemporary Russia. As Moscow has become more anti-Western, contacts with the Western far right …
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23
Jan
2017

We Need to Talk

Tensions between Russia and the West are high. The risk of accidents or incidents is great. There is little progress in the implementation of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. Many protracted and “frozen” conflicts in the OSCE are in danger of escalating and heating up. And there is little dialogue. In order to de-escalate this …
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19
Jan
2017

Ach Ukraine!

Der Vortrag eröffnete die konstituierende Sitzung der Österreichisch-Ukrainischen Historikerkommission und beleuchtete die Beziehungen zwischen Polen und der Ukraine aus der persönlichen Perspektive des renommierten Polenkenners. “Mich interessieren die schwierige Beziehungen zwischen Polen und Ukrainern und die mutigen Versuche von Intellektuellen auf beiden Seiten, den offenen Dialog zwischen den Nachbarn zu fördern. Andererseits lassen nationalistische Kräfte …
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18
Jan
2017

From Theresienstadt to Santa Teresa

How does literature of our time confronts the ultimate traumas of Modernity and Postmodernity, those things that deny any expression, that occur in bleak spaces before the words and beyond the words? This parallel reading of Austerlitz (2001), Sebald’s last novel, and 2666, Bolano’s posthumously published grand narrative (2004), will trace the ways in which …
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16
Jan
2017

“Heroes Do Not Die?”

The Maidan and the war in the Donbas are reshaping the symbolic landscape of large industrial cities in the southeast of Ukraine. The example of Dnipropetrovsk recently being renamed Dnipro illustrates these current developments, which are not limited to “decommunisation”. We see the removal of Soviet monuments and the renaming of streets, but also the …
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15
Jan
2017

Im Zeitalter des Populismus

TERMINÄNDERUNG! Leider müssen wir Sie darüber informieren, dass die für Sonntag, den 15. Jänner 2017 geplante Matinee “Europa im Diskurs – Im Zeitalter des Populismus” aus organisatorischen Gründen auf Sonntag, den 2. April 2017 verschoben werden muss. Die Beginnzeit bleibt mit 11:00 Uhr gleich. Bereits erworbene Karten für den 15. Jänner 2017 behalten für diesen …
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