2017

20 Feb

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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13 Feb

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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25 Jan

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

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

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

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

“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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2016

14 Dec

Partitions Persistent?

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Judging by the variations in the levels of regional GDP and disposable income, Poland is one of most unequal countries in the EU today. The patterns of income inequality coincide with those of other social and demographic indicators, such as urbanization and infrastructure density, but also voting behavior, social cohesion and educational attainments. These in …
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13 Dec

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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06 Dec

Junior Visiting Fellows’ Workshop

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Programm: Session 1: 14:30-15:15 “Nationality, Alienage, and Early International Rights” León Castellanos-Jankiewicz (IWM Visiting Fellow; Graduate Institute, Geneva) Discussant: Natasha Wheatley (University of Sydney) Session 2: 15:25-16:10 “Census Policy in Socialist Yugoslavia and the Political Elevation of Muslims” Iva Lučić (IWM Visiting Fellow; University of Uppsala) Discussant: Chiara Bonfiglioli (IWM Visiting Fellow; Juraj Dobrila University …
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