The Annual International Editors’ Roundtable was established in 2018. This year it was held at the Josephinum and at the IWM under the leadership of Rector Misha Glenny and Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev. The event brought together a small group of editors, freelance writers, and academics from the most prestigious publications worldwide with diverse political orientations, among them: FAZ, New Statesmen, Süddeutsche, NZZ, Die Presse, The Guardian, FT, Die Zeit, Gazeta Wyborcza, Telex.hu, Politico, Der Standard, NYT. The Roundtable aims to nurture relationships and offer new voices that can promote new ideas for a multilingual, global audience. It aspires to counteract attempts to isolate countries, regions, and ideas both politically and intellectually.
The event kicked off on the 29th of September with conversations about new intellectual trends in Europe and the US as well as new ways of framing the most pressing intellectual issues of our times, among the themes: the parallels with the Yugoslav Wars and the Russo-Ukrainian War, the 2023 Polish elections, and the influence of Artificial Intelligence over journalism and the publishing industry. On the 30th of September, the conversations continued in the morning and were followed by the opening of the Vienna Humanities Festival weekend.
Roundtable Part 2
10:00–12:00 Morning Session 1
Morning Session 1: What’s Next for Poland?
(Speakers: K. Wężyk & S. Lynch TBC)
Autumn 2023 will see the Polish General Elections. The country, as much of today’s world, seems to be spiraling into stark polarization. Furthermore, the elections have a high level of unpredictability due to the return to the scene of Donald Tusk, the influence of the Russo-Ukrainian War, and the public protests. What is the significance of the Polish elections at the national, European, and international level? Will they be a testbed for the European and US elections of 2024?