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Ivan Krastev and Steven Lukes: ‘No Laughing Matter’

For his book No Laughing Matter, British sociologist Steven Lukes collected over 600 political jokes from all over the world. He tried out the best of these on a Viennese audience, aided and abetted by Ivan Krastev, who explained some of the jokes’ historical background.
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Timothy Snyder: East Slavic Lands and the Myths of Contemporary War

In his lecture Timothy Snyder considered the possibility that a troubling question at the center of Russian history and politics, the issue of the succession, might be at the root of Russia’s recent wars.
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Wiener Festwochen Debate: Freedom of Expression in Europe

Where does Europe stand in the debate on freedom of expression? What are the limits of freedom of speech, and should there be any at all? These questions were discussed by Miklós Haraszti, Agnieszka Holland and Claire Fox at the Burgtheater on May 31.
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Timothy Garton Ash: Free Speech

This year's Fellows' Meeting was opened with a keynote speech on "Free Speech. Ten Principles for a Connected World" by the British historian and Member of the Institute's Board of Trustees Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford University).
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Peter Berger: Patočka Memorial Lecture 2016

Peter L. Berger, einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der Wissenssoziologie, setzte sich in der diesjährigen Jan Patočka Memorial Lecture mit einer zentralen Frage unserer Zeit auseinander: Was folgt auf das gescheiterte Versprechen der Säkularisierung?
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Gunnar Folke Schuppert: Vielfalt und Moderne Gesellschaften

Moderne Gesellschaften sind durch eine zunehmende ethnische, kulturelle und religiöse Pluralisierung gekennzeichnet. Einem Prozess, der sich in Europa durch die massenhafte Migration von Kriegsflüchtlingen noch erheblich verstärken wird. Dieser Befund zwingt mehr denn je dazu, über Strategien des Umgangs mit Diversität nachzudenken.
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Madeleine Albright: Europe, the US and the Refugee Crisis

At the Political Salon on April 18, former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, spoke about global responsibility and the ongoing refugee crisis. The debate was chaired by Gerald Knaus and Christian Ultsch.
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G. M. Tamás: Is Solidarity Just a Dream in a Reified Society?

One of the most enduring topoi of political philosophy is that particular interests and passions, combined with ignorance, are the major obstacles in the way of a rational ordering of public affairs. The goal of this keynote speech was to analyse the inherent conceptual content of such a desire and to ask for the place of solidarity in a reified society.
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Luiza Bialasiewicz: (Geo)Politics of Visibility in Today’s Europe

This lecture examined the imagined geographies of Islamic presence in today’s Europe. It looked at contestations regarding not just the right to places of worship and religious presence, but more broadly the very right to appear in urban spaces.
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Rosa Brooks: The Future of War and the Future of Law

If we’re troubled by the ways in which the transformation of war undermines existing international norms and institutions, we will need to rethink the categories and rules we currently use to constrain and control state violence and coercion, said Rosa Brooks in her 3rd IWM Lecture at the IWM.
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Rosa Brooks: War Bursts its Boundaries: Counting the Costs

In her second lecture, Rosa Brooks focused on consequences of the increasingly blurry lines around “war.” It looked at several examples, including US drone strikes and “personalized” forms of warfare, and examine the impact on the law of war, human rights, sovereignty and international institutions.
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Rosa Brooks: The Transformation of War

In the first IWM Lecture in Human Sciences, Rosa Brooks give a look at historical efforts to police the boundaries between war and “not war,” and efforts to make war subject to rules and law.
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Jeffrey Sachs: Migration and Global Inequalities

Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned Professor of Economics, leader in sustainable development and Senior UN Advisor, gave a lecture at the IWM on migration and global inequalities.
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Alessandro Monsutti: Afghan Asylum Seekers in Europe

While Syrians have been by far the most important group in the last few years, Afghans have consistently constituted during the last decades one of the single largest groups of asylum seekers in European countries, said Alessandro Monsutti at the Political Salon on February 22.
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Peter Pomerantsev: Russia and the Future of Propaganda Wars

Peter Pomerantsev took his newly published book “Nichts ist wahr und alles ist möglich” as a starting point to explore – in converstion with IWM Visiting Fellow Anton Shekhovtsov – new forms of Russian propaganda.
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Zhanna Nemtsova: New Russian Nationalism

On January 19, Zhanna Nemtsova, Russian journalist and daughter of the assassinated Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, spoke about new forms of Russian nationalism.
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Burgtheater-Debatte: Wozu brauchen wir TTIP?

Wer profitiert von TTIP, wer verliert? Werden Schiedsgerichte die Entscheidungen von Parlamenten und nationalen Gerichten zukünftig unterwandern? Diese Fragen diskutierten Éva Dessewffy, Lutz Güllner, Petra Pinzler, Franz Schellhorn, Peter-Tobias Stoll und Shalini Randeria im Burgtheater.

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Peter Boettke: Economic Policy and the 2016 Presidential Race

Peter Boettke discussed - together with Ivan Krastev and Christoph Prantner - the top candidates and whether their proposals address the problems or are merely rhetorical maneuverings to evade the problem and the appeal to populist sentiments.
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Alexander Soros: Heine, Wagner, Nietzsche

From within a broader investigation of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s relation to the poet Heinrich Heine, Alexander Soros focused in his talk on Nietzsche’s break with the composer Richard Wagner, specifically in relation to Heine.
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Helga Nowotny: The Cunning of Uncertainty

Research builds on what is known, but remains open to the unexpected. Helga Nowotny argues that todays’ societies, faced with rapid changes due to globalization, digitalization and other technological advances, can learn from science not to feel threatened by uncertainty. Instead, we should collude with the cunning of uncertainty and the opportunities it offers.
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Sadik al-Azm: The Syrian Revolt: An Insider Perspective

The rise of the Islamic State and the internationalization of the Syrian War have led many to overlook the uprising in Syria, which started in 2011. It saw large numbers of Syrians taking it down to the street in the context of the Arab Springs.
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Timothy Snyder: Black Earth.The Holocaust as History and Warning

In his new book 'Black Earth. The Holocaust as History and Warning', presented at Wien Museum on October 22, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first.
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Shlomo Avineri: The Arab Spring and the Disintegration of the Middle East State System

The massive popular demonstrations, which signaled the Arab Spring since 2011 brought down several authoritarian regimes, but the hopes for a historical democratic transformation have remained largely unfulfilled. However, it has now become clear that the upheavals lead to a transformation of the post-Ottoman state system in the region.
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Timothy Snyder: Ukraine, Russia, and Europe, Past & Future II

President Putin has used the occasion of the Russian invasion of southern and southeastern Ukraine to provide alternative readings of contemporary European history. What does this convey about Russian domestic politics and about the vision of Russian foreign policy for the future of Europe?
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Selected Audio Files:

Women's Day: The Backlash Against Women’s Rights

Ulrich Brinkmann: Die unsichtbare Faust des Marktes

Katya Gorchinskaya, Cathrin Kahlweit: Have Ukraine's Reforms Failed?

Slavenka Drakulic: How Women Survived Post-Communism (and Didn't Laugh)