Events Calendar

December 2016

13
Dec
2016

The Transformation of Foreign Policy

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The study of foreign policy is usually concerned with the interaction of states, which date back to the so-called “Westphalian system,” also the time at which modern “foreign policy” vocabulary was invented. Given the close semantic ties between the two, examining foreign policy in earlier as well as in later periods involves conceptual and terminological …
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November 2016

09
Nov
2016

Of What is Global Health the Symptom

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This lecture articulates a conceptual architecture to account for global health as emerging planetary infrastructure and as epistemological form. Drawing on fieldwork in the recent West African Ebola epidemic, vaccination campaigns in its wake, and global telemedicine it explores three theoretical designs.   The first draws on Foucault’s Birth of the Clinic to explore how the …
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October 2016

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Oct
2016

Redefreiheit

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Noch nie konnten so viele Menschen wie heute ihre Meinung auf der ganzen Welt verbreiten. Eine neue Epoche der Redefreiheit ist angebrochen, gleichzeitig brechen neue kulturelle und religiöse Konflikte aus. Müssen wir rassistische Kommentare auf Facebook hinnehmen? Darf Satire den Propheten Mohammed verhöhnen? 2011 hat Timothy Garton Ash eine Debatte über die Redefreiheit angestoßen. Teilnehmer …
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19
Oct
2016

The Kremlin’s Game

The Kremlin’s resources are shrinking. Its system of personalized power can’t respond to the many challenges that are piling up. But political technology and blackmail tactics still succeed in keeping Russian society paralyzed and the world intimidated. How long will this last? Lilia Shevtsova is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Program in …
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13
Oct
2016

Citizens in Europe

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays by a constitutionalist and a political sociologist examines how fragmented societies can be held together by appropriate and effective constitutional arrangements providing for bonds of democratic citizenship. Exploring the political order dilemmas of capitalist democracies, the authors address moral and institutional prerequisites on which the deepening of European integration depends. …
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11
Oct
2016

Im Zeit-Raum: Gefahrenzone Populismus

Populismus ist in Europa wie weltweit auf dem Vormarsch und bestimmt in mehreren Staaten bereits die Politik, von Polen, der Slowakei, Ungarn, Griechenland bis zur Türkei. Populistische Parteien und Kampagnen von Frankreich, Spanien, Großbritannien über die Niederlande, Dänemark, Deutschland bis nach Österreich erfreuen sich immer breiterer Zustimmung. Um an die Macht zu kommen oder diese …
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10
Oct
2016

Poland, Ukraine, Russia: Difficult Past, Uncertain Future

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In December 2015 Adam D. Rotfeld resigned as co-chairman of the Polish-Russian Group on Difficult Matters, a position which he held for 8 years. What were the achievements and the failures of the Group? Is there a return to an open discussion between Poland and Russia about their difficult past and uncertain future? Can and should …
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06
Oct
2016

“…there is no logical passage.”

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What can we learn from Leszek Kołakowski about the passage between Self and World if there is no logical one? In answering this, we should follow his path to consider the “pursuit of truth as distinct from the pursuit of a technically reliable knowledge”.  Since for the author of God Owes Us Nothing the negation …
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03
Oct
2016

The Age of Questions

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In the first half of the 19th century, a new kind of question came into being. The Eastern, Jewish, woman, labour (worker), and Polish questions were born, along with many others. Over the course of the next century, these would be conglomerated into still bigger ones—the European, nationality, social, and agrarian questions—even as they fractured …
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September 2016

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Sep
2016

Flüchtlingskrisen. Nichts Neues in Österreich

In den letzten drei Jahrhunderten war Österreich bzw. die Habsburgermonarchie immer wieder mit so genannten Flüchtlingskrisen konfrontiert. In der aktuellen Flüchtlingsdebatte scheint dieser Umstand jedoch weitestgehend in Vergessenheit geraten zu sein. Eine Tagung an der Universität Wien, veranstaltet vom Institut für Neuzeit- und Zeitgeschichtsforschung der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (ÖAW) und dem Institut für die …
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28
Sep
2016

The Subject and the Square

The presentation is aimed at mapping the basic political intentions and purposes of The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, placing them in the context of the Maidan revolution and rooting them in the development of institutional strategies in the cultural field in Ukraine. Posing the fundamental questions of subjectivity, public space, social form, and …
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23
Sep
2016

Vienna Humanities Festival
23. bis 25. September

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Das Wien Museum und das IWM veranstalten im Kooperation mit Time to Talk von 23. bis 25. September erstmals das „Vienna Humanities Festival“. Die Premiere dieses intellektuellen Parcours steht unter dem Motto Andernorts/Out of Place. Rund 40 Vorträgen und Diskussionen werden den östlichen Teil des Karlsplatzes in einen weiträumigen urbanen Salon verwandeln. Zu Gast sind …
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01
Sep
2016

Filmpremiere “Remembering Forgetting”

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Ein Abend in Erinnerung an Svetlana Boym, gefeierte Medienkünstlerin und Professorin für Slawistik und Komparatistik an der Harvard University, die im August 2015 56-jährig verstarb. Zu sehen ist die europäische Erstaufführung ihres letzten Kurzfilms „Remembering Forgetting“. Darin erinnert sie sich an ihre Zeit 1981 im Transitcamp Simmering für jüdische Flüchtlinge aus der Sowjetunion und versucht, …
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July 2016

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Jul
2016

Lakonische Verse in der Katastrophe

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Am 19. Abend des Wiener Lyrik-Festivals POLIVERSALE der Alten Schmiede findet in Zusammenarbeit mit dem IWM eine zweisprachige Lesung aus WARUM ICH NICHT IM NETZ BIN – GEDICHTE AUS DEM KRIEG von SERHIY ZHADAN (aus dem Ukrainischen von Claudia Dathe, mit einem Nachwort des Autors; Suhrkamp Verlag, 2016) statt. Seit Sommer 2014 notiert Serhij Zhadan, …
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June 2016

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Jun
2016

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28
Jun
2016

Experiments in Justice

This talk analyses the interactions between transnational liberal understandings of “the Rule of Law” and local non-state justice institutions in Bangladesh. Focussing on one specific project run by international donor agencies that aim at activating village courts in Bangladesh, I develop a critique of both top-down and bottom-up accounts of the diffusion of norms and …
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20
Jun
2016

Gute Rechte für alle!?

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Rechtsbasierte Entwicklungsstrategien sind gleichermaßen bei neoliberalen GegnerInnen von Staatsinterventionismus als auch bei MenschenrechtsaktivistInnen beliebt. Während Parlamente und Regierungen an Vertrauen verlieren, wachsen die Erwartungen gegenüber der Justiz, die als Garantin von Rechten gesehen wird. Was sind die Chancen, was sind die Gefahren dieses Ansatzes? Bietet er Potential für eine Entwicklungsstrategie hin zu einem guten Leben …
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13
Jun
2016

‘Homo Militans’: Paramilitary Individuals’ Motivation in Ukraine

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The undeclared Russian-Ukrainian war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions led both pro-Ukrainian militias and rebels from Donetsk and Luhansk to join in the fighting.  Based on field work amongst paramilitaries in Donbas, this presentation will tackle the questions of why people voluntarily chose to participate in the war and how they articulate their own …
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09
Jun
2016

`I Have Been Very Slow in Writing this Letter to You, Mahatma’

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On February 24, 1939, Martin Buber wrote a letter to M.K. Gandhi, the Indian nationalist leader. Buber was reacting to comments made by Gandhi about the inability of Jews in offering non-violent resistance to the Nazi regime and characterising it as helpless and weak.
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07
Jun
2016

Is Europe Taking a Right Turn?

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In the aftermath of the global financial crisis Europe seemed to be moving to the left. The old continent was marked by anti-austerity protests with inequality in the center of the political debate. Syriza and Podemos captured the imagination of the young far beyond Greece and Spain. But then came the refugee »crisis« and Europe …
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06
Jun
2016

No Laughing Matter

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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, …
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06
Jun
2016

Dissidents: Pushing the Boundaries of the Political

The political boundaries in contemporary societies are undergoing processes of constant reconfiguration as old political and social antagonisms are being rearticulated into new ones under conditions of globalization and due to changes in governance strategies and the development of new technologies of influence. Within the multiple and overlapping structures of domination and oppression, power is …
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02
Jun
2016

The Ancient is the Modern

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An important Russian justification for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the idea that Ukraine was a recent, or divided, or artificial state. Yet the very people who make these claims present Russian history in a way that suggest deep anxieties about its continuities. In his lecture Timothy Snyder considered the possibility that a troubling question …
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May 2016

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May
2016

Against Silence: Freedom of Expression in Europe

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Freedom of expression is under siege all over the world today. New democracies in eastern and central Europe, which only three decades ago waged a struggle against the totalitarian policing of thought are today attacking freedom of speech and of media. But oppressive governments are not the only ones keen to keep us silent. Censorship …
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30
May
2016

Remembering and Forgetting

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The future of the nation is linked to contention about its past. Debates on re-thinking of national histories have accompanied the recent resurgence of nationalism in Europe and beyond. What is being forgotten and remembered, and to what purposes and with what consequences?  Participants will address various issues like: What is the relationship of professional historiography …
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25
May
2016

Banks, Gold, and Weddings

Development practitioners increasingly adopt interventions based on the findings of behavioral economics, which suggest that poverty is the result of poor’s impaired capacity to make efficient and long-term decisions. The solution to eradicate poverty, therefore, lies in teaching the poor to make better financial decisions. As a critique of this shift in development practice, I …
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23
May
2016

The Politics of Solitude

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In this lecture l would like to share my sentiments of solitude in Ukraine and my theoretical explanation of why l still feel lonely both politically and existentially, together with the millions of other Ukrainians in our country. The so-called Maidan Revolution, or the Revolution of Dignity, in Ukraine in 2013–14 was generally described and …
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19
May
2016

Signs of Power: Action, Expression, Institution

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Linguistic activity is permeated by power dynamics, and power is often either manifested or executed by means of language. Can a case be made for a stronger analogy, or indeed a direct link? The talk will outline an argument for a structural connection between linguistic self-awareness and the awareness of power, based on the essential …
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18
May
2016

Governance Without Hierarchy

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The world is full of areas of limited statehood where central state institutions are too weak to implement and enforce central decisions and/or lack the monopoly over the means of violence. We argue, however, that the absence of hierarchical governance by the state does not equal anarchy and chaos. Areas of limited statehood are neither …
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11
May
2016

Clumsy Democrats

20th-century Europe was marked by two extremes: the descent into war and genocidal dictatorship on the one hand, and the return to peace and democracy on the other.  Throughout much of the 1920s and 1930s democracy, the rule of law, and liberalism seemed outdated to many in Western and Central Europe as well as in …
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10
May
2016

Parallel Films
Art Exhibition by Blue Noses

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After the end of the Soviet Union, Russian artists eagerly engaged and experimented with the suddenly freely available medium of video. Popular TV series, advertisments, porn movies, Hollywood blockbusters and masterpieces of Russian film were all used to explore the turbulent political, social and cultural changes taking place at the time. The Western film and …
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10
May
2016

Conversation on the State of Cultural and Intellectual Life in Russia Today

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To what extent are Russian culture and intellectual life regulated by the state? In what forms does intellectual life exist, and are these forms conventional? Who are today’s “intellectuals” and what cultural, symbolic and political product do they produce? Where is the line between intellectual work and politics, between politics and culture, and can there …
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04
May
2016

Employees Who Do Not Work

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How do we understand the phenomenon of employees who do not work? Whilst there has been an abundance of scholarly attention to the reasons for employees’ commitment to their work, the question of why employees do not work has drawn comparatively less attention. One of the reasons for this relative neglect is the continued prevalence …
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April 2016

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Apr
2016

The Börne Identity

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“The Börne Identity” addresses the central problem of identity in Heinrich Heine’s extraordinary yet little-known book on the political writer Ludwig Börne. Here Heine famously distinguished between himself as sensualist “pagan” Hellene and Börne as moralistic “Christian” Nazarene. Heine’s strategy was a humorous means of differentiating among competing dimensions of literature and politics as well …
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28
Apr
2016

Toward a New Paradigm for Modernity and Religion

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Peter L. Berger, einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der Wissenssoziologie, setzte sich in der diesjährigen  Jan Patočka Memorial Lecture mit einer zentralen Frage unserer Zeit auseinander: Was folgt auf das gescheiterte Versprechen der Säkularisierung? Ein Thema, das Peter Berger in seinem 2015 auf Deutsch erschienen Buch „Altäre der Moderne. Religion in pluralistischen Gesellschaften“ bereits aufgegriffen hat. …
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27
Apr
2016

From ‘is’ to ‘ought’… and vice versa

As a philosopher and an anthropologist, respectively, David Jenkins and Kathrine Miller start from different premises and commitments, spanning, for example, the gap between moral relativism and universalism. Both projects, however, address the relationship between moral systems and individual ethical subjects as well as interrogating the value of conceiving the moral primarily as a separate, …
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21
Apr
2016

Governance of Diversity

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Moderne Gesellschaften sind durch eine zunehmende ethnische, kulturelle und religiöse Pluralisierung gekennzeichnet. Einem Prozess, der sich in Europa durch die massenhafte Migration von Kriegsflüchtlingen noch erheblich verstärken wird. Dieser Befund zwingt mehr denn je dazu, über Strategien des Umgangs mit Diversität nachzudenken, zumal manche Konzepte der Integrationspolitik sich als wenig wirksam erwiesen haben. Der Vortrag, …
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20
Apr
2016

Russia and Its Aliens

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The break-up of the Soviet Empire resulted in large-scale labor migration from the FSU countries into Russia. This presentation will focus on the changes in the structure of the Russian public discourse that took place as a result of this process. These changes are about the transformation of former “friends” into “others” – and not …
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19
Apr
2016

The Habsburg Monarchy in Its Last Century

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Contemporary Europe is going through a crisis of confidence of supra-national institutions, especially of the European Union, to the advantage of a resurgence of nationalist ideologies.  A century ago a similarly supra-national institution (on a slightly smaller scale), the Habsburg Monarchy was also in the midst of a crisis—in the middle of the First World …
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18
Apr
2016

Energiewende – warum und für wen?

Die Energiewende darf nicht auf die Abkehr von fossiler Energie und den dafür notwendigen Technologien hin zu einem anderen Energiesystem reduziert werden. Sie erfordert mehr als technologische Innovation und neue Finanzierungsformen. Es geht um soziale Innovation und eine grundlegende Neuorientierung: Geht es bei der Klimakrise vorwiegend um die Frage nach „Energie“? Oder geht es vielleicht doch eher um die Frage, wie wir zu …
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18
Apr
2016

Global Responsibility: Europe, the US and the Refugee Crisis

Livestream on Monday, April 18, 6:00pm: Madeleine Albright on 'Global Responsibility'
  Madeleine Albright was born in 1937 in Prague. As a child, she moved with her family to the United States. After studying at Wellesley College and Columbia University, Albright entered politics at the urging of a former professor. In 1993, Albright became the American ambassador to the United Nations, and three years later she …
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14
Apr
2016

Solidarity & Capitalism: Is Solidarity Just a Dream in a Reified Society?

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One of the most enduring topoi of political philosophy is that particular interests and passions, combined with ignorance, are the major obstacles in the way of a rational ordering of public affairs. The whole idea is inspired by the hypothesis that passions are necessarily selfish and that reason is not. The assumption that there are …
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14
Apr
2016

Pro Patria Mori

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The First World War provoked an intense reflection on the meaning of solidarity and sacrifice in philosophical, political, religious, and anthropological registers of thought. This fascination with the function of sacrifice and its meaning for social cohesion and political solidarity extended well beyond the war into the 1920s and 1930s, whether in the writings of …
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13
Apr
2016

Framing Sexual Citizenship

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Sexuality and the Politics of Clothing: Cultural Production of Sexual Citizenship on Russian Makeover TV In recent debates, it has been recognized that the notion of citizenship is already deeply sexualized and based on the heteronormative frame. The logic of cultural production of sexual and gender citizenship can be traced through beauty makeover television shows …
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12
Apr
2016

Ukraine: Non-Russia, Novorossia or a „Better Russia“?

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Ukraine’s negative self-representation as “non-Russia” reflects a collective trauma and a post-colonial way of thinking. Moreover, it alienates both Russia and Europe, argues Vladislav Inozemtsev, a Russian economist and political commentator. Instead, he provocatively suggests that Ukraine should embrace the new identity of a “better Russia”, more liberal and democratic than the original. Anton Liagusha, …
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07
Apr
2016

Voodoo Economics EUro-Style

The talk will focus on one particular instantiation of the perplexing resurgence of neoliberal policies in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis: the single-minded pursuit of fiscal austerity as the sole cure for the perceived structural problems of the Euro area up to 2012. Drawing on my extensive archival research and interviews at the …
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March 2016

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Mar
2016

The Right to Appear

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This lecture draws our attention to a new (geo)politics of visibility that is profoundly reshaping European cities and our understanding of who, and what, can appear where. Taking as its starting point a series of recent events, the talk examines the imagined geographies of Islamic presence in today’s Europe. It looks at contestations regarding not …
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30
Mar
2016

Every Day Practices and Ethnic Markers

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“We are Europeans, but if someone wants a little Asia…” Debates about Budapest as a National and Cosmopolitan City in the 1890s In my presentation I will introduce two Turkish theme parks from the Hungarian Millennium Exhibition of 1896 and show what role these parks played in attempts to re-negotiate Budapest’s rank among European cities. …
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21
Mar
2016

De-Occupation: Another Take on Donbas

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Olena Styazhkina, Professor of History at Donetsk National University, now teaching in Mariupol and Vynnytsia, is also a novelist writing in Russian and one of the most important public voices of the Ukrainian Donbas. Doing research on everyday life in Ukraine under Nazi occupation and having lived through the so called “Russian spring” in her …
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17
Mar
2016

The Future of War III

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Traditional political and legal conceptions of war assume that war is a temporary departure from “normal” politics, that wars are bounded both in space and time, and that it is a relatively straightforward matter to identify the parties and combatants in a conflict. But traditional understandings of war are increasingly challenged by the rise of …
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16
Mar
2016

Martyrdom and Democratic Politics

The notion of martyrdom is usually associated with religious meanings. This is unsurprising since it has been central to the constitution and sustenance of religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. However, what if one thinks through the notion of martyrdom to apprehend socio-political phenomena that might be deemed relatively ‘secular’, such as democratic …
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15
Mar
2016

The Future of War II

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Traditional political and legal conceptions of war assume that war is a temporary departure from “normal” politics, that wars are bounded both in space and time, and that it is a relatively straightforward matter to identify the parties and combatants in a conflict. But traditional understandings of war are increasingly challenged by the rise of …
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14
Mar
2016

The Future of War I

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Traditional political and legal conceptions of war assume that war is a temporary departure from “normal” politics, that wars are bounded both in space and time, and that it is a relatively straightforward matter to identify the parties and combatants in a conflict. But traditional understandings of war are increasingly challenged by the rise of …
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13
Mar
2016

Flüchtlinge in Europa: Wie schaffen wir das?

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Auch im Jahr 2016 hat die Europäische Union noch immer keine überzeugende Antwort auf die Herausforderungen gefunden, die die Ankunft und die Integration von hunderttausenden Flüchtlingen stellen. Wie könnte eine gesamteuropäische Flüchtlingspolitik aussehen, und was steht ihrer Realisierung entgegen? Werden 1,2 Mio. Flüchtlinge eine Gesellschaft von 500 Mio. Menschen in der EU verändern? Es diskutierten: …
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10
Mar
2016

Migration and Global Inequalities

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Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most …
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08
Mar
2016

The Backlash Against Women’s Rights

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“Two decades after the adoption of a landmark global agreement on gender equality, a vicious backlash is threatening to strip women and girls of their rights”, said Amnesty International ahead of a major UN meeting in New York. Women throughout the world continue to face discrimination, are denied equal access to participation in public and …
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02
Mar
2016

Postmemory / Bodily Memory: Holocaust at Present

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In recent years, there has been a growing public debate in Israel about a new and rather contested form of commemoration in which descendants of Holocaust survivors tattoo themselves with prisoner identification numbers— perhaps one of the most iconic emblems of Auschwitz. The talk will situate this act in the larger framework of postmemory, posing …
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February 2016

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Feb
2016

Stolen Facades

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Im Stadtbild werden gesellschaftliche Veränderungen besonders rasch sichtbar. Anfang der 90er Jahre wurden in Osteuropa Wohnungen privatisiert, Firmen gegründet und erste Geschäfte geöffnet. Der neue Besitzerstatus wurde kurze Zeit später auch auf den Straßen sichtbar – nicht nur durch die ungewohnt grelle Werbung, sondern auch auf den bisher grauen Fassaden. Junge Unternehmer machten durch das …
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25
Feb
2016

Hungary: An Illiberal Democracy in the Middle of Europe

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The talk will address the elements and possible reasons for Hungary’s recent transition from a liberal to an illiberal democratic system, openly following Russia and China as models. After the transition to democracy in 1989-90 Hungary experienced a period of solid liberal democratic consolidation until 2010, when Fidesz with its 2/3 majority in the parliament …
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24
Feb
2016

Being a Foreign Agent

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In 2012, Russia passed the so-called “foreign agent’s law”, which transformed the structure of the Russian third sector, as well as everyday life for many non-profit organizations. The related legal amendments did not only invent a new legal definition — “an NGO, implementing functions of a foreign agent”. They also generated new types of law …
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22
Feb
2016

Beyond the ‘Refugee Crisis’

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The current mass influx in Europe of people fleeing violence and poverty is framed in public discourses in terms of ‘crisis’, with the figure of the ‘migrant other’ portrayed as a challenge to Europe’s security, identity and values. This narrative tends to obscure the longer social, political and economic dynamics that have led to such …
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17
Feb
2016

International Lawyers in the Aftermath of Disasters

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We are confronted today with seemingly relentless disasters that are producing a great amount of suffering and loss. How should an international lawyer conduct herself in their wake? Resisting the temptation to construct our times as entirely unprecedented this presentation will attempt to delineate, and drawn on, the conduct of two ancestral figures, Justice Radhabinod …
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15
Feb
2016

From Information to Disinformation Age

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Despite decades of struggle for freedom of speech and access to unbiased information, the 21st century has not ended manipulation of and by the media. On the contrary, conflicts are being fought and won on TV-screens,  airwaves and the Internet with an alarming intensity and frequency. Where does Russia figure in this troubling landscape? Did …
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14
Feb
2016

Zukunft der Demokratien

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  Die politische Beteiligung an Wahlen ist seit Jahren rückläufig, das System der repräsentativen Demokratie wird dadurch unterhöhlt. In Europa entstehen autoritärere Strukturen, aber auch neue Protestkulturen: von Syriza über Podemos bis zu Pegida. Nach Ansicht des Politologen Colin Crouch sind wir bereits im Zeitalter der Postdemokratie, dazu tragen auch soziale Medien bei. Über die …
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11
Feb
2016

Intellectuals and (Counter-) Politics

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Intellectuals and (Counter-) Politics proposes a research agenda designed from the outset to maximize the political leverage of ordinary people faced with ever more remote states and the technologies that make capitalism increasingly rapacious. Such an agenda, Smith argues, obliges us to re-think our methods and conceptual tools. Forms of capitalism and the state require …
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10
Feb
2016

Emancipation or Illusion?

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In terms of intellectual development, the last three decades of the 20th century in Europe can be defined as the gradual decline of Marxist and socialist political thought both in the East and in the West. The seminar will focus on this significant intellectual change by using the example of Czechoslovak oppositional thinkers to show …
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January 2016

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Jan
2016

The Power of the Norm

Certain exceptions, it is said, prove the rule. Identifying a given instance of a phenomenon as exceptional may imply the existence of a rule to which it does not conform. The exception may then direct our attention to special circumstances under which a rule does not apply. Under an older meaning of the word ‘prove,’ …
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27
Jan
2016

Land and Violence in West Bengal

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West Bengal has a well documented history of violence from land related grievances. The last major land related violence occurred during the years 2006 to 2008 when the Left government tried to acquire land for industrialization. Given a dearth of empirical studies on the determinants of violence in West Bengal, the main objective of this …
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21
Jan
2016

Explaining Atrocities

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Confronting the atrocities of our times–mass killings, genocide, mass rape, torture and so on–we reach for the question ‘why’? It has been repeatedly asked, among others by Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, Zygmunt Bauman, Bruno Bettelheim, Christopher Browning, Daniel Goldhagen and Timothy Snyder. In posing this question, what kind of answer are we looking for? What would count as …
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19
Jan
2016

New Russian Nationalism

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Throughout his time in power, Putin has been committed to (re-)inventing a Russian national idea. In the end, he opted for the worst possible version – revival of imperial glory. It proved to be the easiest method of securing his power, as imperial sentiments are still widespread. As a result, Russian society is now seen …
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18
Jan
2016

Political Regime Transformation in Russia

Between expectations of an immediate catastrophe and “nothing will ever change” predictions, it is difficult to keep track of what’s going on inside a regime that is neither going to fall apart tomorrow, nor defeat America in a new war or reconstruct the Soviet Union. How to separate rhetoric from reality, fakes from facts and …
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17
Jan
2016

Wozu brauchen wir TTIP?

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Seit mehr als zwei Jahren verhandeln EU und USA unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit über ein transatlantisches Freihandelsabkommen (TTIP). Dieses soll – durch den Abbau von Handelshemmnissen und die Angleichung gesetzlicher Regelungen – die Wirtschaft auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks ankurbeln und zusätzliche Arbeitsplätze schaffen. Kritiker befürchten jedoch, dass damit eine Erosion von Sozial-, Umwelt- und …
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14
Jan
2016

“Die Vergangenheit ist immer präsent.“ – Teil II

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Im Januar kommt der international renommierte ukrainische Filmemacher Sergei Loznitsa auf Einladung der Akademie der bildenden Künste nach Wien, wo er einen Workshop für Studierende hält. Aus diesem Anlass zeigt und diskutiert das Medienlabor an der Akademie in Kooperation mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) Loznitsas neueste Filme, Sobytie (Das Ereignis, 2015) …
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14
Jan
2016

South-South? East-East?

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The paper, presented in this seminar, analyses an encounter between Chinese managers and Hungarian staff at a large chemical factory acquired by a Chinese competitor in 2011. It highlights the inadequacy of dichotomies such as “North-South,” “East-West” and “socialist-capitalist” by showing how Chinese managers who, as with other corporate acquisitions in Europe, expected to “learn” …
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13
Jan
2016

“Die Vergangenheit ist immer präsent.“

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Im Januar kommt der international renommierte ukrainische Filmemacher Sergei Loznitsa auf Einladung der Akademie der bildenden Künste nach Wien, wo er einen Workshop für Studierende hält. Aus diesem Anlass zeigt und diskutiert das Medienlabor an der Akademie in Kooperation mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) an zwei Abenden Loznitsas neueste Filme, Sobytie …
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13
Jan
2016

Das Rote Bologna Revisited

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Bologna was the only major Italian city governed by a Communist party throughout the entire Cold War period. It therefore presents a unique case of local communism in a capitalistic country. In the 1970s, Bologna became well-known in Western countries, for successfully combining economic growth, social well-being, and grassroots political participation. Forty years after the …
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12
Jan
2016

“Reverse Engineering”

In the last years Russian foreign policy has become increasingly motivated by aggressive isolationism. The relations between Moscow and the West are at their lowest point since the 1980s. Could we expect a change? What are the sources of Russia’s new foreign policy? Are Russia’s moves dominated mainly by legitimate geopolitical concerns or are the …
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