Events Calendar

February 2017

23
Feb
2017

Europe and Austria: The Shape of the Future?

23.6.2005, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Mr Erhard Busek, EU Special Representative and Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact.
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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20
Feb
2017

How (not) to Explain Violence

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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?

Wozu brauchen wir TTIP? Peter-Tobias Stoll, Eva Dessewffy, Franz Schellhorn, Shalini Randeria,  Lutz Güllner, Petra Pinzler: Diskussion im Burgtzheater ‹Europa im Diskurs - Debating Europe›
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

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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

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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

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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!

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Der Vortrag eröffnet die konstituierende Sitzung der Österreichisch-Ukrainischen Historikerkommission und beleuchtet 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 nicht …
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18
Jan
2017

From Theresienstadt to Santa Teresa

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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?”

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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

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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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