09 Oct

A Future for Europe?

We are living in times of individual, political, economic and societal uncertainty. Europe is confronted with an unprecedented crisis, an internal self-questioning of the project itself manifested by the rise of nationalism and populism, coupled with external challenges of the wave refugees, the crisis in the Middle East and Russia. Brexit and Trump, the democratic …
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04 Oct

Episodes in the History of the “Maker of Fact”

When looking amazed today at the seemingly sudden melting away of the solidity of brute facts, it might be instructive to look attentively at the ideas and practices of the artistic avant-garde in the first third of the twentieth century. Their persecutors, the Stalinist ideologues, the socialist realists, and the interrogators, prosecutors, executors, who defeated …
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20 Sep

Turkey and Russia in the New Global (Dis)Order

What we witness today is the unraveling of the post-Cold War international order, and both Russia and Turkey play a major role in this process. But what do Moscow and Ankara want? What new order do they dream of? Is the same dream shared by both? What defines their foreign policy – the nature of …
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14 Sep

Cancelled!" rel="bookmark"> Human Rights and Democracy – Cancelled!

The Monthly Lecture has had to be cancelled! We appreciate your understanding! The complex relation of human rights and democracy is a burning issue in political philosophy. Attempts at foundation range from the priority of one over the other, or their being equiprimordial. Reflecting on an inherent relation of human rights and democracy, the lecture …
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11 Sep

“For example!”

A conversation on the relationship of text and photography, and the representations of war and history in an Ukrainian city. Yevgenia Belorusets is an artist and writer who lives and works in Kiev and Berlin. She is a founder of  Prostory, a Ukrainian journal for literature, art and politics, and has been a member of the …
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28 Jun

Junior Fellows’ Workshop

Gender, Class, and National Identities 10.00-10.40 Ekaterina Borozdina All Shades of ‘Natural’: Defining Natural Childbirth and Midwifery Profession in Russia Discussant: Reka Kinga Papp 10.40-11.20 Chiara Bonfiglioli The ‘Working Mother’ Gender Contract in Socialist Yugoslavia and Its Ambivalences Discussant: Goran Musić *** Coffee break 11.20- 11.40 *** 11.40-12.20 Wiktor Marzec Performing and Remembering Nationalist Workers’ …
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22 Jun

Truth in Times of War—and the New War on Truth

  It has become a commonplace that we live in a “post-truth” era. Is “post-truth” just another chapter in the long history of propaganda, or does it represent a new phenomenon? What we currently observe in public discourse is indeed a tendency to dismiss the very difference between true and false, fact and fiction – …
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21 Jun

The Socialist University

In Eastern Europe postwar changes paved the way for the building of a socialistic university, something seen as one of many possible solutions to a rising need for university reform and education for the working classes. My research does not only address how we think about a particular university, or even universities in general in …
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21 Jun

Researching Labour History in Post-Socialist Contexts

After years of neglect and scepticism towards labour as a subject of study in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the topic is making a slow but significant comeback among scholars working the region. In the post-socialist space, a new generation of scholars is tackling the experience of work in the socialist and post-socialist era from …
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20 Jun

Academic Freedom in the „Other Europe“

Universities are under threat in a number of countries both in and outside of the European Union. Panel participants will discuss the ways in which illiberal regimes in three countries (Hungary, Russia and Turkey) seek to cope with the fact that they are facing academic institutions that emerged under more permissive conditions and that insist on their …
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