Events Calendar

May 2017

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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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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April 2017

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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March 2017

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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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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