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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27 Nov

After Europe

Can democratic institutions be transformed to serve exclusionary ends? Why has the ongoing refugee crisis transformed the politics of Central and Eastern European states—despite the fact that these countries host virtually no migrants? And what do demographic and generational changes mean for the liberal consensus that emerged in the wake of communism’s fall? In this …
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23 Nov

Multiple Modernen und die Dynamik der transnationalen Öffentlichkeit

Die Geschichte wird von den Siegern geschrieben, verkündete Winston Churchill einst. Die Geschichte könnte aber auch von den Verlierern erkannt und vielleicht sogar geschrieben werden, wie wir den Spätschriften Walter Benjamins entnehmen können. Bei vielen kontroversen Großprojekten, wie der Trans-Alaska-Pipeline oder Stuttgart 21, werden Stimmen des Protests schnell zum Verstummen gebracht – Protestierende erscheinen somit …
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09 Nov

Too Much Loyalty?

For centuries, elites and intellectuals alike have debated any number of questions about democracy: whether or not it should be instituted as a system of rule; whether it should or should not be extended; and, particularly in the last few decades, both how it can be given new vitality and how it can be protected …
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05 Nov

The Tyranny of Greece over Germany

Alex Soros reconsiders the brilliant yet largely overlooked 1935 book by Eliza Marian Butler, The Tyranny of Greece over Germany. Butler analyzes the obsession of German enlightenment and Romantic writers and poets with Greek art as the highest possible standard. Starting with the account of the classical antique statue Laocoön by J. J. Winckelmann, the …
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