08 May

Dilemmas of Post-liberalism

 Why do we change our mind about political positions? In his Financial Times article “Why I left my liberal London tribe”, the British public intellectual David Goodhart reflects upon his own trajectory of ideological shift. A left-wing student, he was once a rebel against his bourgeois family background. Later he was the founding editor …
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03 May

Who is the People?

 What does it mean for a people to be sovereign?  In an age of Brexit and Catalonia, Orbán and Trump, it seems timely to return to the once exceptional and presently paradigmatic concept of popular sovereignty, the principle positing that, to be legitimate, political authority must rest with the people.  Who constitutes ‘the people’?  …
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17 Apr

Sexuelle Belästigung – das letzte Tabu?

 Viel wurde seit dem Frauenwahlrecht vor mittlerweile 100 Jahren im Kampf für Frauenrechte und Gleichstellung der Geschlechter erreicht. Doch ein Thema ist, obwohl von Feministinnen immer wieder angesprochen, erst 2017 mit #MeToo in den Mittelpunkt der öffentlichen Aufmerksamkeit gerückt. Ist sexuelle Belästigung das letzte Tabu im Bereich der Geschlechtergleichstellung, das nun gebrochen wird? Warum …
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12 Apr

Is Democracy in Peril? Politics in the Age of Trump

 Like the triumph of Brexit in the UK, the election of Donald Trump was an angry verdict on decades of rising inequality and a version of globalization that benefits those at the top but leaves ordinary people feeling disempowered. Mainstream parties are unlikely to win back popular support unless they learn from the populist …
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05 Apr

Europe and Its Dissenters

What does it take for a politician, who was member of the European Convention and thus actively shaping the vision for a stronger European Union to turn into a passionate advocate for Brexit? What does it take for a German to want to politically divorce Britain from the continent? What does it take for a …
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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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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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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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