Author Archives: Anita Dick

Episode 7
How does Austerity Politics Weaken Democracy?

Since the introduction of neoliberal policies under Thatcher and Reagan many countries worldwide have implemented austerity politics that dismantled social security programs by cutting public funding. Our guest today, the renowned British economist, Lord Robert Skidelsky has argued that liberal democracy rests on a welfare state, so that austerity politics and the rise of populism in the West are interlinked.
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Episode Three: Democracy and Crisis with Wolfgang Merkel

In our third Vienna Coffee House Conversation Ivan Vejvoda talks to Wolfgang Merkel, professor emeritus of political science at Berlin’s Humboldt University, author and editor of numerous influential books – including 2018’s Democracy and Crisis: Challenges in Turbulent Times – and a visiting IWM fellow.
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The IWM Revokes Olena Semenyaka’s Fellowship with Immediate Effect

The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) strongly condemns and distances itself from the far-right statements and actions of Olena Semenyaka, who was due to start her Fellowship at IWM in January 2021 as part of the Ukraine in European Dialogue program funded by a private foundation.
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Luke Cooper:
The Mask that Slipped

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen a wave of cronyism and outsourcing which poses a threat to the health of our communities, institutions and even our democracy. Former IWM Visiting Fellow Luke Cooper explores the story of Dominic Cummings, cronyism and Britain’s new authoritarianism.
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Episode Two: EU Enlargement with Srdjan Cvijic

In our second Vienna Coffee House Conversation, Ivan Vejvoda speaks with Srdjan Cvijic. Senior Policy Analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute and Europe’s Futures Fellow, Cvijic is a leading advocate on multiple foreign policy portfolios, particularly on the work of keeping the promise of European Union enlargement. In this discussion, Vejvoda and Cvijic dive into the multi-faceted dimensions of this ever-present European issue and consider the apparent fading of the EU’s fervour for greater expansion and the dulling of the EU flag’s lustre in the ambitions of candidate countries. There has always been a conflict between the desire for a deeper Europe and the desire for a wider one – the thorny question of enlargement is where the Union’s frontiers meet the dilemmas at its heart.
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Ruth Wodak erhält Bruno-Kreisky-Preis für ihr publizistisches Gesamtwerk

Das IWM gratuliert Ruth Wodak, einer der wichtigsten Sprachwissenschaftlerinnen Österreichs, ganz herzlich zur Verleihung des Bruno-Kreisky-Preises für ihr publizistisches Gesamtwerk.
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Ezgican Özdemir

PhD candidate, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU

Junior Visiting Fellowship
(January – June 2021)
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Gabriela Vicanova

PhD candidate, Department of General Anthropology, Charles University

Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow
(January – June 2021)
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Jan Vana

PhD canditate, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno

Jan Patočka Junior Visiting Fellow
(January – March 2021) 
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Timofei Bordachev

Programme Director, Valdai Discussion Club; Academic supervisor, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies

Non-resident Felllow, Eurasia in Global Dialogue
(January 2021)
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