Editor-in-Chief, Eurozine, Vienna
“Vienna Has Fallen!” Diverging Historical Narratives and the Prospects of a European Public Sphere
The Europeanization of identities and frames of reference still seems like a far-off dream. But the long-term prospects for a more meaningful European community turn on the emergence of those very trends. Notwithstanding that identity is constructed, it would not only be futile but also dangerous to try to prescribe to Europeans a certain potentially hegemonic narrative that should fit all contexts and account for what is in fact a multitude of social, political and historical experiences. However, divergent historical narratives are one of the most difficult challenges facing anyone who wants to contribute to the emergence of a European public sphere.
The project looks at how contested interpretations of historical and recent events are made active in the present, both uniting and dividing European societies. Its main focus is on how the second siege of Vienna (1683) is still a potent reference in the public spheres of both Turkey and Austria.