20 Mar

Überreichtum – wann ist viel zu viel?

Für Platon war „Überreichtum“ ein exzessiver Reichtum, der nicht glücklich macht, weil er nicht tugendhaft ist. Aktuell ist die weltweite Vermögenskonzentration enorm. Inwieweit setzen Mitgefühl und Barmherzigkeit  der Habgier Schranken? Und sind Zorn und Neid tatsächlich eine Bedrohung für den Überreichtum von einigen wenigen? Martin Schürz ist Ökonom an der Oesterreichischen Nationalbank, wo er die …
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20 Mar

Art Exhibition by András J. Nagy:
No One Saw It Twice

András J. Nagy started taking pictures of graffiti using his father’s Leica M4 at the young age of eight. Born in Hungary, he grew up in the South Bronx and South Brooklyn and subsequently lived in various cities on several continents. The black-and-white photographs András J. Nagy, who is still active, created as he roamed …
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13 Mar

Mythos Nachhaltigkeit

Sind regional angebaute Tomaten besser, gesünder oder wenigstens nachhaltiger als jene, die von weit her importiert werden? Viele Menschen möchten das gerne glauben, speziell in Österreich und Deutschland. Aber die Welt der Tomaten ist voller hartnäckiger Mythen und unbequemer Wahrheiten. Die niederländische Journalistin Annemieke Hendriks verfolgte mehr als sieben Jahre lang den Lebensweg der Tomate …
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08 Mar

The ‘8s’ in Czecho-Slovak 20th Century History as European Turning Points

The year 2018 calls upon us to revisit the iconic moments of Czech, or better: Czechoslovak, history. One has often noted the outstanding meaning of the momentous 8: The national independence and formation of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, the Munich Agreement of 1938 , the seizing of complete power by the Communist Party in …
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13 Feb

Rethinking the Global Crisis

We are sorry to inform you that the Monthly Lecture has had to be cancelled! We appreciate your understanding! In the face of the overarching structural social transformations of recent decades, which were rendered manifest by the crash of 2008 and its aftermath, there has been a resurgence of critical approaches to capitalism.  Nevertheless, it …
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24 Jan

Cancelled!" rel="bookmark"> New and Old Culture Wars in Europe and the Place of Central Europe – Cancelled!

The Monthly Lecture has had to be cancelled! We appreciate your understanding! The Euro crisis and the migration crisis have revealed deep cleavages within Europe. The former is not just the financial crisis of the common currency, or the devastation of the reliance on particular financial institutions. But this crisis touched the very essence of …
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22 Jan

Icons and Bolsheviks

In 1923 – 1924 photomontage became the main medium of Russian constructivism. It was hailed as a new revolutionary method destined to replace painting, which had come to be seen as antiquated. In reality, however artists such as Alexander Rodchenko, Gustav Klutsis, and Sergei Senkin employed archaic compositional structures in assembling elements of photographic images. Not only …
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19 Dec

Political Order in Changing Societies

Program 11:00 – 11:15 Introduction Ivan Vejvoda – IWM Permanent Fellow   11:15 – 13:00 Voicing Protest: from Opposition to Resistance Chair – Artem Gergun Clowns, Trouble Makers or Freedom Fighters? How to understand ‘Opposition’ in Authoritarian States – Sofie Bedford [respondent Ling Li] Protest in Authoritarian Regimes – From Everyday Resistance to Popular Uprisings: …
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12 Dec

Rebuilding the Hungarian Right through Civil Organization and Contention

Starting in 2010, the Fidesz party achieved in a row six (partly landslide) victories at municipal, national, and European Parliament elections. Not questioning other explanations, my ongoing research traces the remarkable resilience of the ruling party above all to earlier “tectonic” shifts in civil society, which helped the Right accumulate ample social capital well before …
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30 Nov

Eine kurze Geschichte meiner Philosophie

Gespräch mit Ágnes Heller anlässlich ihres neuen Buches „Eine kurze Geschichte meiner Philosophie“. In diesem Buch folgt sie ihrem eigenen Werdegang und erinnert sich an Meilensteine und Wendepunkte ihrer Entwicklung – geprägt von entschlossener Zuversicht auch unter schwierigsten äußeren Bedingungen. Es ist ein Buch über Zivilcourage, eine Schule der Mündigkeit besonderer Art.     Ágnes …
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