Author Archives: Marion Gollner

Serhii Plokhii and Philippe Sands: Humanity and Catastrophe

In this conversation, the two authors reflect on the systemic and personal facets of large-scale disaster, the relationship between silence and memory, and lessons for humanity’s future.
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Serhii Plokhii: Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man

In his lecture, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else.
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Aleida Assmann: Die Wiederaneignung der Nation

Wir sind heute geneigt, ‘Nation’ mit ‘Nationalismus’ gleichzusetzen. Das ist naheliegend angesichts der verheerenden Exzesse von Gewalt, die der Nationalismus und vor allem der Nationalsozialismus im 20. Jahrhundert entfesselt haben. Das Erstarken rechter Parteien in Europa bestätigt heute die Sorge, dass von den Nationen wieder der Ausschluss von Minderheiten, Verfolgung und Gewalt ausgehen können. Aber Nationen bestehen nicht in einem Vakuum, sie existieren ebenso in liberalen Demokratien wie in autokratischen Regimen.
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Europe’s Futures Colloquium II

In the second event of the newly established series “Europe’s Futures Colloquia” Alida Vračić and Péter Krekó presented their research projects. A joint initiative of IWM and ERSTE foundation.
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William J. Burns: American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

In the fifth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev talked with Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about America’s changing role in the world and the purpose of American diplomacy.
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ERC Mentoring Initiative: Call for Applications

Together with the Polish Academy of Sciences and generously supported by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the IWM has established a mentoring initiative for applicants for European Research Council (ERC) Starting and Consolidator Grants in the humanities and social sciences from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. This mentoring initiative is addressed in particular to researchers in the areas of history, anthropology, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, as well as cultural and literary studies aiming to submit in 2020 – 2023.
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Europe’s Futures Colloquium I: Grigorij Mesežnikov & Niccolo Milanese

In the first event of the newly established series “Europe’s Futures Colloquia” Grigorij Mesežnikov and Niccolo Milanese present their research projects. A joint project of IWM and ERSTE foundation.
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In Memoriam Agnes Heller (1929-2019)

Von Ludger Hagedorn Am 19. Juli starb die große ungarische Philosophin Ágnes Heller im Ferienort Balatonalmádi am Plattensee. Sie starb, wie sie lebte – unbeirrt und mutig: Sie sei, so berichten Augenzeugen, weit hinausgeschwommen in den See, so wie immer, aber diesmal kehrte sie nicht ans Ufer zurück. Vor einigen Wochen war sie 90 geworden. …
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The Challenge of Technocracy

The European Union (EU) is a rules-based order par excellence. Often seen as one of its great strengths, its reliance on rules as a functional equivalent of politics and political contestation is actually deeply problematic. The deficiencies of the EU’s rules-based and technocratic approach to governance have become much more apparent over the last ten years – the EU’s ‘crisis decade’. Panel discussion with Stefan Auer, Nicole Scicluna, Hans Kundnani and Ivan Vejvoda.
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Between Kyiv and Vienna: Histories of People, Ideas, and Objects in Circulation and Motion

The Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe (Lviv), and Ukrainian Institute (Kyiv) invite paper proposals for a conference to be held in Vienna on 4-7 December 2019. The conference is organized in cooperation with the Jerzy Giedroyc Centre for Polish and European Studies at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv) and the Department of History of Central European University (Budapest).
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