European Culture Wars?

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
The “culture wars” were for a long time associated with struggles between social progressives and social conservatives in the United States, where they crystallized around issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. During the last decade, the culture wars appear to have also taken root in Europe, with Russia having become a main champion of traditional values over and against liberal democracy and human rights and with populist right parties like Italy’s Lega or Austrian’s FPÖ discovering themselves as champions of the traditional family. The public panel discussion in the framework of the conference Postsecular Conflicts Project (2016-2021) invites four renowned authors and experts to debate their visions of what is happening in Europe today.


James Davison Hunter
University of Virginia, author of Culture Wars. The Struggle to Define America

Olivier Roy
European University Institute Florence, author of Holy Ignorance. When Religion and Culture Part Ways

Susanna Mancini
University of Bologna & John Hopkins University, law-professor and co-editor of The Conscience Wars

Ivan Vejvoda
IWM Permanent Fellow, head of the „Europe’s Futures“ Program

Further details:
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The panel discussion is part of the closed conference “Postsecular Conflicts Project (2016-2021)” on February 6-8, organized by Kristina Stoeckl (University of Innsbruck).

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