Events Calendar

November 2018

19
Nov
2018

Ideologies Between Ridicule and Subversion

Peter Berger once spoke of „ die grimmige Humorlosigkeit der revolutionaeren Ideologien”. Starting from this, I try to analyze ideologies in general and not only „revolutionary” ones. I shall discuss two characteristics of ideological discourse: 1. Its diffuse, invasive aspect, that ultimately suspends the separation between „public” and „private”. Ideologies end by pervading the sphere …
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18
Nov
2018

Über jüdischen und muslimischen Humor

Neben Essen ist Humor der große Völkerverständiger. Wer mit anderen lacht, der schafft einen gemeinsamen Raum möglichen Verständnisses. Daher werden Fremde oft der Humorlosigkeit geziehen, seien es die Deutschen oder neuerdings Muslime. Die jüdischen Kulturen haben einen außergewöhnlich vielfältigen und profunden Humor hervorgebracht, der in Wien und im angrenzenden Osten Europas eine große Rolle spielte, …
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15
Nov
2018

After Europe, or: How To Handle Disintegration?

“After Europe” is the provocative title of Ivan Krastev’s new book insinuating that the future of the European Union is darkening – the German version powerfully denotes this as  “Europadämmerung.”  Europe’s current problems are indeed numerous: Brexit, the rise of populism and nationalism all over the continent, the unsolved questions raised by migration, and the …
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12
Nov
2018

Compassion and Sacrifice

The presentation will consist of two parts: The first one will explore the question of “how to think compassion as a co-operation between reason, passions and self-love”, while the second one will ask for the meaning of self-sacrifice in modern societies and try to outline possibilities of its overcoming. Modern moral theories often treat compassion …
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06
Nov
2018

Understanding ‘Post-Truth’

In Western Europe, especially in France, after 1968 continental philosophy took a postmodern turn: a loss of faith not only in grand narratives, but also in a coherent subject, in stable meaning, and in absolute truth. Meaning—Jacques Derrida taught—flickers, subverts itself, is ever in flux. His philosophy of deconstruction represented, he wrote, “the least necessary …
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05
Nov
2018

Historical Sociology, ‘Fortress Europe’ and the EU’s Frontier Politics

Frontiers have had a mythical and practical function in the era of modernity: in the former they are means of legitimation; in the latter they are a mechanism of control. This paper mobilises historical sociology to explore the temporal sequences in post-war development that have shaped the frontier politics of the European Union (EU). In …
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October 2018

29
Oct
2018

Lessons on War-related Scholarship and Engagement

The analysis of the war-related activism of the Belgrade and Zagreb feminists in the 1990s might seem at first glance as a too specific endeavour whose conclusions are irrelevant for the broader public, especially that which is not directly engaged with gender equality and feminism. A closer look at that activism reveals, however, valuable insights …
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22
Oct
2018

Building “Hybrid” Democracies

How can we account for the particular evolution revealed by post-communist democracies? Is the phenomenon limited in time and space or are there reasons to expect mounting evidence of its extensiveness? The IWM hosts the project “Mechanism of Modernization in Central and Eastern Europe (MeMo – CEE)” to investigate the incomplete, disjointed, and intermittent process …
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17
Oct
2018

Traces and Transitions to Hannah Arendt’s Unwritten Book on Love

 Although Arendt’s oeuvre commences with a book on the concept of love (in Augustin) she never published a book on love. Yet, Arendt’s unwritten book on love does exist; it will be reconstructed from a series of fascinating entries of her Denktagebuch. Whereas Arendt’s early writings on love form a juxtaposition – philosophy (her …
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17
Oct
2018

The Cryptotheological Legacy of Hannah Arendt

As a political thinker, Hannah Arendt rejected theocracy and any kind of fundamentalism as nihilistic and as a mistaken response to the challenges of modernity. However, her heterodox, subversive reading of the Jewish and Christian traditions encourages us to seek inter-faith dialogue and secularity as platforms for the self-limitation of any authority, be it religious …
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15
Oct
2018

Democracy Disputed: the Politics of African Protest

Africa is said to be experiencing its ‘third wave’ of mass protest. This follows a first wave that concluded with liberation from colonial rule and a second wave that responded to structural adjustment and ended in numerous multi-party elections. The new wave, seen by some authors as ‘an African uprising’, in contrast to a discourse …
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14
Oct
2018

Europe Drifting: What Is to Be Done?

 The European Union is at a crossroads. After decades of peace and prosperity it is confronted with the deepest questions concerning its future. Old ways are insufficient to deal with the present challenges. There is a stultifying lack of leadership beyond pronouncements of a will to change ingrained habits. Yet, challenges, internal and external …
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10
Oct
2018

Political Change, Capital Mobility, and the Populist Threat to Democracy

 Politics has moved from parties of mass integration, through catch all parties, to cartel parties, to increasing fragmentation. Markets have moved from capital controls and embedded liberalism, to free capital movements and macroeconomic imbalances. These two movements seem to run in parallel even if they are not connected. Political elites have lost control over …
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08
Oct
2018

The Decade of Intellectuals

Regime change has occurred in different ways in East Central Europe. One way was a combination of a huge umbrella movement and elite negotiations. Another was an eruptive non-violent revolution. In the case of Hungary, political change was driven by a relatively small counter-elite group which negotiated the terms of transition with the power holders. …
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07
Oct
2018

Trojanow trifft: Gerechter Wohlstand – Wege aus der imperialen Lebensweise

Wie kaum ein anderer hat der in Wien lehrende Politikwissenschaftler Ulrich Brand die Zusammenhänge zwischen dem Wohlstand des Westens und dem Elend in den Ländern des Südens ausgearbeitet. Unsere „imperiale Lebensweise“ ist mitverantwortlich für die vielfältigen Krisen der Gegenwart, auch für die Fluchtbewegungen. Insofern ist eine Auseinandersetzung mit den Mechanismen unserer Privilegierung Voraussetzung für jedwede …
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September 2018

28
Sep
2018

Signal or Noise? Power and Powerlessness in the Media

Since the 2008 financial crisis, many people in Europe and the United States have felt themselves to be living in junk time, a state of empty expectancy. In many countries, people feel they face the tyranny of a past that can’t be resurrected in all its glory and the tyranny of a murky future that …
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28
Sep
2018

Art Exhibition by Maxim Kantor:
Faust Cycle 2018

The opening of the exhibition Faust Cycle 2018 by Maxim Kantor will take place on Friday, September 28 at 5:00pm, at the IWM, in the presence of the artist. Opening words: Shalini Randeria, IWM Rector Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) arbeitete am Faust-Stoff von seinem 24. Lebensjahr bis zu seinem Tod. Er benutzte verschiedene Quellen …
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27
Sep
2018

Macht und Ohnmacht

Das dritte Vienna Humanities Festival – eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung von IWM, Time to Talk und Wien Museum – versammelt vom 27. bis zum 30. September wieder führende Köpfe aus Wissenschaft, Kunst und Kultur zu einem mehrtägigen urbanen Salon. In rund 40 Veranstaltungen, die Hälfte davon auf Englisch, verhandeln wir unter dem Motto „Macht & Ohnmacht“ …
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25
Sep
2018

Generation Next

The conference is the first event of the Future of Europe Task Force meetings, which are to be held in Austria and Romania during their respective Presidency in the Council of the EU. The conference will consist of two blocks: The first one—The Future of Europe: Is There a Common Way Forward?—will focus on the …
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24
Sep
2018

The Worlding and Gendering of Europe

The colloquium will take the form of a conversation between Neloufer de Mel from Sri Lanka and Mieke Verloo from the Netherlands. It starts with short opening statements followed by a critical conversational exchange between the two participants, and thereafter, an active engagement with the audience. What can we learn from the “worlding” of Europe? …
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17
Sep
2018

Europe’s Futures

Rosa Balfour: Europe’s Democratic Recession and Its Global Role  Europe’s domestic situation is deeply interconnected with its international standing, and viceversa. This is not merely a reflection of globalisation and the transnationalisation of politics. It is the basis of the EU’s interdependence and the way it has historically developed, pursuing internal integration whilst widening its …
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11
Sep
2018

The Philosophy of Dialogue

Every acting starts with intentions. Consequentely, we should look for the sources of meaning not only in our acts and their effects, but also inside, in our intentions. Yet how to do this? It seems that the only possibility to do so resides in Dialogue and in the intentional meeting of I and Thou. Bartlomiej …
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10
Sep
2018

Europe´s Futures

The resilience of democratic institutions in EU-member states confronted by the rising tide of extremist political parties? Vitality of the EU grappling with the lack of a shared foreign policy? Without a joint asylum policy? With enlargement as yet a distant promise? What is the positive vision for the future for the European Union? Politics …
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June 2018

26
Jun
2018

Reden wir über Reinheit: Normen, Körper, Bilder

 Im dritten Teil meiner Vortragsreihe geht es um ein besonderes Quellenmaterial über Vorstellungen von Reinheit, nämlich Werbung. Weil Bilder der Reinheit vor allem Bilder weiblicher Körper und der in ihnen enthaltenen Flüssigkeiten sind, bewegen sie sich in einer besonderen Spannung zwischen Idealisierung, Versachlichung und erotischer Aufladung. Wo und wie werden sie als Verkaufsargument eingesetzt? …
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25
Jun
2018

Is Orbanomics Good Economics?

  The talk will consider the question of whether there is anything of genuine interest in the Hungarian economic model, or indeed whether it is based on any coherent principles at all. Political science depicts Orbanomics as a simple case of re-establishing political control of the economy. It especially emphasises the centralisation of power and …
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19
Jun
2018

Reden wir über Reinheit: Normen, Körper, Bilder

 Im zweiten Teil meiner Vortragsreihe wird es fleischlich-konkreter. Reinheit als Unbeflecktheit wurde – und wird – an weiblichen Körpern definiert und visualisiert. Die visuellen Codes für Reinheit beruhen darauf, dass das bedrohlich Kontaminierende – der Sex, das Blut – nicht gezeigt werden darf. Am Beispiel der Debatte um die unbefleckte Empfängnis der Muttergottes und …
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14
Jun
2018

Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conference

Programm: Session 1: 10:00-10:40 Public Initiative in Conservative Monarchies: Formation of  the Public Education System in Austria-Hungary and Russia in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Mikhail Semenov (IWM Visiting Fellow; Senior teacher in Russian History, Belgorod National Research University) Discussant: Milos Resimic (IWM Visiting Fellow; PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics, CEU) Session 2: …
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12
Jun
2018

Reden wir über Reinheit: Normen, Körper, Bilder

“Rein” ist nicht dasselbe wie “sauber”. Rein (“puro”, “pure”) ist nicht geputzt (“pulito”, “clean”), sondern ein Zustand ursprünglicher Unbeflecktheit, der durch seine eigene Geschichte definiert wird. Reinheit kann nicht nach Belieben wiederhergestellt werden, sondern ist durch ihre Knappheit, ihre fragile Natur und ihr Bedrohtsein definiert. Reinheit ist imaginär, aber im christlichen Europa zwischen dem 14. …
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11
Jun
2018

Remembering Moishe Postone

The IWM and the IFK are jointly organizing a memorial meeting for Prof. Moishe Postone, who was a Visiting Fellow at the IWM for the 2017-18 academic year until his stay was tragically cut short by terminal illness in March of this year. He was also in Vienna at the invitation of the IFK | …
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May 2018

29
May
2018

Folter in Syrien

 Video in arabischer Sprache: IWMVienna   Die Regierung Baschar al-Assads lässt in Syrien systematisch und flächendeckend foltern – nicht nur Oppositionelle und Aktivist_innen und nicht erst seit den Protesten im März 2011. Die internationale Strafjustiz bietet derzeit keine Möglichkeiten, die Verbrechen in Syrien strafrechtlich zu verfolgen. Deshalb ist es die Verantwortung europäischer Strafverfolgungsbehörden, nach …
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17
May
2018

The Polysemy of ‘Religion’

 What people mean by religion covers a wide spectrum: not only because of the differences between different faiths, but also because the category “religion” is hard to separate from that of “culture”, and is also related to what we often call “identity”. The co-existence of different religions and/or understandings of religion takes many different …
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15
May
2018

How Much Money is Enough?

Watch the video online! How much money is enough to ensure a good life? Why do Westerners lead lives that revolve around work, money and financial decisions, while often losing a sense of satisfaction with their lives? In 1930, John Maynard Keynes argued that around 2015 capitalism would be able to provide for all our needs and the …
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15
May
2018

European Regions and Boundaries: A Conceptual History

It is difficult to speak about Europe today without reference to its constitutive regions—such as “Scandinavia,” “Eastern Europe,” and “the Balkans.” Such notions are so ubiquitous that they are frequently treated as empirical realities rather than a series of shifting, overlapping, and historically constructed concepts. References to regional differences are central to cultural and political …
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14
May
2018

Der eingewanderte Antisemitismus

 Sind muslimische Einwanderer die gefährlicheren Antisemiten als Burschenschafter? Arik Brauer behauptet dies. Was spricht für und gegen diese These? Ein Gespräch. Leider musste Arik Brauer seine Teilnahme kurzfristig absagen. Wir danken für Ihr Verständnis! Arik Brauer, österreichischer Maler, Dichter, und Liedermacher, gilt als einer der  Hauptvertreter der Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus. Sein Vater …
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08
May
2018

Dilemmas of Post-liberalism

 Why do we change our mind about political positions? In his Financial Times article “Why I left my liberal London tribe”, the British public intellectual David Goodhart reflects upon his own trajectory of ideological shift. A left-wing student, he was once a rebel against his bourgeois family background. Later he was the founding editor …
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03
May
2018

Who is the People?

 What does it mean for a people to be sovereign?  In an age of Brexit and Catalonia, Orbán and Trump, it seems timely to return to the once exceptional and presently paradigmatic concept of popular sovereignty, the principle positing that, to be legitimate, political authority must rest with the people.  Who constitutes ‘the people’?  …
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April 2018

25
Apr
2018

Will the Human Race Become Redundant?

 Ever since the advent of machinery, work has been associated with wage labour. Machinery brought promise of both higher wages and  redundancy. What do economics and history tell us about the fate of these promises? With the spread of automation the  dialectic between work and redundancy  may be reaching a point of resolution. What …
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17
Apr
2018

Sexuelle Belästigung – das letzte Tabu?

 Viel wurde seit dem Frauenwahlrecht vor mittlerweile 100 Jahren im Kampf für Frauenrechte und Gleichstellung der Geschlechter erreicht. Doch ein Thema ist, obwohl von Feministinnen immer wieder angesprochen, erst 2017 mit #MeToo in den Mittelpunkt der öffentlichen Aufmerksamkeit gerückt. Ist sexuelle Belästigung das letzte Tabu im Bereich der Geschlechtergleichstellung, das nun gebrochen wird? Warum …
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12
Apr
2018

Is Democracy in Peril? Politics in the Age of Trump

 Like the triumph of Brexit in the UK, the election of Donald Trump was an angry verdict on decades of rising inequality and a version of globalization that benefits those at the top but leaves ordinary people feeling disempowered. Mainstream parties are unlikely to win back popular support unless they learn from the populist …
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05
Apr
2018

Europe and Its Dissenters

What does it take for a politician, who was member of the European Convention and thus actively shaping the vision for a stronger European Union to turn into a passionate advocate for Brexit? What does it take for a German to want to politically divorce Britain from the continent? What does it take for a …
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March 2018

20
Mar
2018

Art Exhibition by András J. Nagy:
No One Saw It Twice

András J. Nagy started taking pictures of graffiti using his father’s Leica M4 at the young age of eight. Born in Hungary, he grew up in the South Bronx and South Brooklyn and subsequently lived in various cities on several continents. The black-and-white photographs András J. Nagy, who is still active, created as he roamed …
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20
Mar
2018

Überreichtum – wann ist viel zu viel?

Für Platon war „Überreichtum“ ein exzessiver Reichtum, der nicht glücklich macht, weil er nicht tugendhaft ist. Aktuell ist die weltweite Vermögenskonzentration enorm. Inwieweit setzen Mitgefühl und Barmherzigkeit  der Habgier Schranken? Und sind Zorn und Neid tatsächlich eine Bedrohung für den Überreichtum von einigen wenigen? Martin Schürz ist Ökonom an der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank, wo er die …
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18
Mar
2018

Bedroht die Digitalisierung die Demokratie?

Ob über Smartphones, im Auto oder am Arbeitsplatz: Mensch und Maschine sind in einer sehr engen Beziehung – und oft wird die Maschine von künstlicher Intelligenz gesteuert. Unser Leben kann dadurch vereinfacht und verbessert werden. Künstliche Intelligenz kann aber auch Meinungen beeinflussen, Wahlen manipulieren, politische Entscheidungen lenken. Cybersecurity wird ein immer größeres Thema. Wie wirkt …
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13
Mar
2018

Mythos Nachhaltigkeit

Sind regional angebaute Tomaten besser, gesünder oder wenigstens nachhaltiger als jene, die von weit her importiert werden? Viele Menschen möchten das gerne glauben, speziell in Österreich und Deutschland. Aber die Welt der Tomaten ist voller hartnäckiger Mythen und unbequemer Wahrheiten. Die niederländische Journalistin Annemieke Hendriks verfolgte mehr als sieben Jahre lang den Lebensweg der Tomate …
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11
Mar
2018

Trojanow trifft: Die offene Gesellschaft – Wege der konkreten Utopie

Angesichts von Naturzerstörung, zunehmender sozialer Ungleichheit, der Vereinsamung des Einzelnen und der Beherrschung der Gesellschaft mithilfe digitaler Strategien erleben wir gegenwärtig eine Renaissance des rechten Denkens. Das ist verwunderlich, denn die „Rechten“ bieten diesbezüglich kaum Lösungen an. Die „Linken“ aber auch nicht. Im Gegenteil: Ihr Konzept scheint darin zu bestehen, den zivilisatorischen Status quo mit …
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08
Mar
2018

The ‘8s’ in Czecho-Slovak 20th Century History as European Turning Points

The year 2018 calls upon us to revisit the iconic moments of Czech, or better: Czechoslovak, history. One has often noted the outstanding meaning of the momentous 8: the national independence and formation of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, the Munich Agreement of 1938 , the seizing of complete power by the Communist Party in …
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February 2018

19
Feb
2018

Lesung “Rotes Licht”

Solomon Richter dämmert in einem Moskauer Vorstadtkrankenhaus dem Tod entgegen. Aus dem Fernseher tönen Berichte über die Kämpfe im Donbass. Ein wenig Zeit bleibt dem betagten Historiker noch, um sich die eigene Geschichte und die eines ganzen Jahrhunderts ein letztes Mal vor Augen zu führen. Am Beispiel von drei Generationen zeichnet der russische Künstler Maxim …
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18
Feb
2018

Anarchismus – Ein unbändiges Ideal

Seit den alten Griechen steht Anarchie für die Vision einer herrschaftslosen Gesellschaft, für Freiheit des Einzelnen und Gerechtigkeit innerhalb der Gesellschaft. In Zeiten, in denen sowohl Freiheit als auch Gerechtigkeit abnehmen und der globalisierte Kapitalismus als alternativlos propagiert wird, gibt es ein gesteigertes Interesse an diesem Ideal, das unzählige Aktivistinnen und Aktivisten, Künstlerinnen und Künstler …
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13
Feb
2018

Rethinking the Global Crisis

We are sorry to inform you that the Monthly Lecture has had to be cancelled! We appreciate your understanding! In the face of the overarching structural social transformations of recent decades, which were rendered manifest by the crash of 2008 and its aftermath, there has been a resurgence of critical approaches to capitalism.  Nevertheless, it …
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January 2018

28
Jan
2018

Wie wird unsere Republik in 100 Jahren aussehen?

Die Republik Österreich feiert ihren 100. Geburtstag. Das Jubiläumsjahr 2018 soll nicht nur der Erinnerung an die Gründung der demokratischen Republik am 12. November 1918 gewidmet sein, sondern auch anderen tiefen Zäsuren in der Geschichte des Landes. Wie ist Österreich zu dem geworden, was es heute ist? Welche Zukunftsvision lässt sich mit dem Wissen um …
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24
Jan
2018

New and Old Culture Wars in Europe and the Place of Central Europe

The Monthly Lecture has had to be cancelled! We appreciate your understanding! The Euro crisis and the migration crisis have revealed deep cleavages within Europe. The former is not just the financial crisis of the common currency, or the devastation of the reliance on particular financial institutions. But this crisis touched the very essence of …
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22
Jan
2018

Icons and Bolsheviks

In 1923 – 1924 photomontage became the main medium of Russian constructivism. It was hailed as a new revolutionary method destined to replace painting, which had come to be seen as antiquated. In reality, however artists such as Alexander Rodchenko, Gustav Klutsis, and Sergei Senkin employed archaic compositional structures in assembling elements of photographic images. Not only …
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