Monthly Lectures

Once a month public lectures take place in the IWM library on subjects related to the main research interests of the Institute. The purpose of these lectures is to be a window into the Institute’s work. Speakers include Visiting Fellows and international experts.

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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

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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June 2016

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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May 2016

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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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April 2016

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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March 2016

31
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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February 2016

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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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January 2016

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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