IWM Lectures in Human Sciences

The IWM launched this series of  public lectures in 2000 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Hans  Georg Gadamer, supporter of the Institute  since its inception. Selected lectures are published in English (Harvard University Press, Cambridge), German (Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin) and Polish (Kurhaus Publishers, Warsaw) (see Publications).

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Previous Speakers:

2017: Stephen Kotkin, Princeton
Sphere of Influence

2016: Rosa Brooks, Georgetown
The Future of War

2015: Timothy Snyder, Yale / Vienna
Ukraine, Russia, and Europe, Past and Future

2014: Dipesh Chakrabarty, Chicago
The Climate Question

2013: Jan Werner Mueller, Princeton
We the People: On Populism and Democracy

2012: Peter Brown, Princeton
‘For the Ransom of the Soul’
Wealth, Death and the Afterlife from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

2010: Vincent Descombes, Paris
Puzzling Identities
Philosophical Reflections on the Phenomenon of Identity Crisis

2006: Claus Offe, Berlin
Soziale Macht: Formen, Kontrolle und Nutzen

2004: Ryszard Kapuscinski, Warsaw
On Others

2003: Abraham B. Yehoshua, Haifa
The Shaping of Jewish Identity
Three Bible Stories

2002: Cornelia Klinger, Tübingen / Vienna
“Nicht nach dem Maße des Menschen gebaut”
Der verlorene Ort des Subjekts im System der modernen Gesellschaft

2001: Paul Ricoeur, Paris
The Process of Recognition

2000: Charles Taylor, Montreal
The Varieties of Religion Today:
William James Revisited after 100 Years



April 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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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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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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