Events Calendar

December 2019

09
Dec
2019

30 Jahre nach dem Staatssozialismus: Zehn aktive Baustellen

Eine Generation nach dem Ende des europäischen Staatssozialismus – von vielen erhofft, von wenigen vorausgesagt – ist eine Zwischenbilanz an der Zeit. Die anfangs gehegte Erwartung, dass sich in Mittel- und Osteuropa die vermeintliche Normalität des demokratischen Kapitalismus nach westlichem Muster etablieren würde, war von Anfang an naiv. Worin bestehen die aktuellen Probleme von Gesellschaften, …
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04
Dec
2019

Between Kyiv and Vienna

This multidisciplinary conference seeks to reexamine the modern history of the space broadly bounded today by Ukraine and Austria, through the lens of circulation and motion. It considers people who moved within, out of, and into the region, interrogating the forces that drove them and the consequences of their movement; examines the flow of ideas …
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November 2019

11
Nov
2019

How Did We Get from “Love Me Do” to Donald Trump?

In this colloquium, Evgenyi Dainov presents his project which is an analysis of the ideas that motivated societal processes from 1962 to 2016 in Europe, the USA and other relevant places. Using a Hegelian methodology, the analysis concentrates primarily on rock music as the privileged arena for the Zeitgeist throughout most of the period under …
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06
Nov
2019

1989 in a Day

The program of “1989 in a Day”, curated by IWM Permanent Fellow Ludger Hagedorn, highlights crucial events of the year 1989 through personal recollections and examines their ongoing importance for current developments. It focusses on eight dates/events of the year, deliberately skipping the “Berlin – Fall of the Wall,” as this event retrospectively overshadows all …
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October 2019

15
Oct
2019

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 …
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September 2019

26
Sep
2019

Paradox Europa: In Memoriam Ágnes Heller

„Wenn die Union scheitert, wird Europa zwar eine Vergangenheit haben, aber keine Gegenwart und noch weniger eine Zukunft, es wird sich in ein Museum verwandeln.“ (Ágnes Heller)     Ágnes Heller, die bedeutendste Philosophin der Gegenwart, verstarb am 19. Juli 2019 im Alter von 90 Jahren. Ihr letztes Buch ist Paradox Europa, ein flammender Appell …
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26
Sep
2019

Vienna Humanities Festival

Wir durchleben eine Zeit verketteter globaler Krisen. Die langgedienten Prinzipien rationaler Politik weichen zusehender Emotionalisierung; Demokratien scheinen sich angesichts autoritärer Regime selbst zu demontieren; ökonomische Ängste und Sorgen über neue Technologien und Automatisierung grassieren. Dreißig Jahre nach dem Ende des Kommunismus in Osteuropa ist die liberale, marktwirtschaftliche Demokratie längst nicht mehr das selbstverständliche gesellschaftliche Ziel. …
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19
Sep
2019

American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

In the fifth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev will talk 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. William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and …
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August 2019

17
Aug
2019

Democracy and Demography

To exist in a democracy means to be counted, and ideally to feel as if what one does truly counts. At this summer school, we will discuss how the demography of a polity is presumed to impact its form of government. Thus, the summer school will address a few central questions: Are there distinctive concerns …
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June 2019

27
Jun
2019

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 …
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20
Jun
2019

Which Future for Democracy in a Post-political Age

The lecture will analyze the current conjuncture in Western liberal democracies and the reasons for the increasing success of right-wing populist movements. It will elaborate the thesis that the only way to fight against those movements is to develop left populist alternatives. Specifically, it shall be argued that it is a lack of understanding for …
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13
Jun
2019

Discussion: What is Wrong with Economics?

Introduction by Robert Skidelsky For too long economists have ignored the implications of ethics, philosophy, history and sociology within their discipline, assuming without question that humans are rational beings whose wants are given. The resulting orthodoxy is incapable of offering any critique of the human hunger for accumulating wealth without limit, and has drastically overreached …
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12
Jun
2019

Technology and Utopia

In contemporary discussions about the future of artificial intelligence we often lose our heads. While economists offer bleak predictions of mass job losses and a deepening of already widespread precarity, Silicon Valley utopians insist that new technologies are bringing us ever closer together and will one day deliver us from work, disease and poverty. But …
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12
Jun
2019

Europe’s Futures Final Symposium

We need platforms to renew and reinvent Europe. In cooperation with leading European organisations and think-tanks, IWM and ERSTE Foundation have joined forces to tackle some of the crucially important topics: asylum and migration, rule of law and democracy, European enlargement and social inclusion. Europe’s Futures has clear objectives: a European Union that protects its …
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06
Jun
2019

What the EU can learn from the Habsburg Empire

In the fourth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev will talk with A. Wess Mitchell, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2017-2019), about current geopolitical challenges and lessons from the past. A. Wess Mitchell is co-founder and vice chairman of the CEPA Board (Center for …
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05
Jun
2019

The International State System after Neoliberalism

I begin by recalling a short essay by Karl Polanyi, written in 1945, in which he discusses the prospects of a new, peaceful global order, based on the lessons of the war and the interwar period. In it Polanyi advocates an international regime beyond both Communist and neoliberal universalism that allows for national political-economic self-determination. …
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03
Jun
2019

Dilemmas of Popular Sovereignty: Tocqueville’s Perspective

Might a 19th century thinker help us grapple with political dilemmas of the 21st? This talk brings Tocqueville to bear on liberal democracy’s present discontents by exploring his understanding of popular sovereignty and its ramifications for democratic politics. While Tocqueville embraced popular sovereignty as an abstract principle and American practice, he also diagnosed its inherent …
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May 2019

28
May
2019

Migrants and City Making in Disempowered Cities

What do cities which have lost their economic, political, and cultural power and population reveal about the location of migrants in city-making and urban politics? What do they disclose about the fault lines of neoliberal urban redevelopment? Empirical findings from left-behind cities might provide new insights to think about migrants, urban politics, and current populist …
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28
May
2019

Making Sense of the Results of the European Elections

“Democratic politics need drama,” the political analyst Ivan Krastev is convinced. Elections are a form of therapy session in which voters are confronted with their worst fears – a new war, demographic collapse, economic crisis, environmental horror – but become convinced they have the power to avert the devastation. If this assumption is correct, then …
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27
May
2019

European Elections 2019: The Day After

European elections represent the biggest electoral contest in Europe. But since the first votes in 1979, turnout in European parliament elections has been declining ever since. Could anything be different this time? One of the most important tests for the future of the EU seems to be the next European elections. These are the first …
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22
May
2019

Democracy and Its Enemies 

Democracy is undoubtedly the most successful form of government in our times. Unlike in the early 20th century democracy today is neither endangered by dictators or by military coup d’état. We are witnessing instead a growing erosion of democracy and its legitimacy from the inside. The title the IWM publication expresses this new threat succinctly …
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21
May
2019

What Europeans Really Want

70 percent of Europeans are yet to make up their minds on who they want to vote for, and nearly 100 million swing voters are up for grabs. Just days ahead of the European election, and building on a comprehensive survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations, our distinguished panel will offer insight in how Europe’s new …
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20
May
2019

The Return of Geopolitics?

 Over the past several years, it has become common to announce the ‘return of geopolitics’ in shaping the world order and relations between states. The popular media, but also the discourse of state leaders, increasingly makes use of classical geopolitical concepts in describing global events, from ‘spheres of influence’, ‘balance of power’ or ‘grand …
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16
May
2019

Junior Fellows’ Conference

Program 10:00–10:30 Martha Nussbaum and the Uses of Imagination in Political Philosophy Krzysztof Skoneczny Assistant Professor, Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw Discussant: Aishwary Kumar 10:30–11:00 Trust in Decent Society Aleksandra Głos Scientific Assistant, Department of Research on Professional Ethics, Jagielonian University Discussant: Aishwary Kumar 11:00–11:30 Dialogues Behind the Scene. Ethical Moments in Making …
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14
May
2019

Citizens of Nowhere

Europe might appear like a continent pulling itself apart. Ten years of economic and political crises have pitted North versus South, East versus West, citizens versus institutions. And yet, these years have also shown a hidden vitality of Europeans acting across borders, with civil society and social movements showing that alternatives to the status quo …
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13
May
2019

NZZ Podium Wien “Europa”

Zah­len lü­gen nicht, sagt man. Das Brut­to­so­zi­al­pro­dukt Ita­li­ens, das mo­ri­bun­de Lieb­lings­land all je­ner, die Eu­ro­pa be­reits auf dem Ster­be­bett lie­gen se­hen, liegt bei rund 2 Bil­lio­nen Dol­lar. Dies ist deut­lich mehr als der Wert der «wie­der­er­stark­ten Welt­macht Russ­land». Und wer weiss, dass der Bin­nen­markt des sich «am Ab­grund be­fin­den­den Eu­ro­pas» fast dop­pelt so viel er­wirt­schaf­tet …
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13
May
2019

The East/West Within

Austrian Jews under the Habsburg crown came to be perceived and to perceive themselves as sharply divided by an imaginary boundary between East and West. The presumption of a more traditional and insular Jewish communal life in Galicia, in particular, in contrast to the assimilated Judaism of cities like Prague and Vienna, resulted at times …
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09
May
2019

Judenplatz 1010

 »The work of memory is in the present. In our century, a place such as the Judenplatz is not simply a square within a city, but a site that might be viewed from a distance, anywhere in the world, through technology. Jews were once taken from Vienna to be murdered, and that crime cannot …
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06
May
2019

What is Political Cruelty? 

“The important point for liberalism is not so much where the line is drawn,” Judith Shklar writes in a fascinating moment in her critique of cruelty, “as that it be drawn, and that it must under no circumstances be ignored or forgotten.” Where is this line? And who lives under its ambiguous constitutionality? Neither in her 1989 theses …
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03
May
2019

Karl Polanyi and Globalization’s Wrong Turn

Registration closed! Live stream on radiokulturhaus.orf.at   Globalization took a wrong turn when it overlooked Polanyi’s central insight that markets need to be embedded in institutions, both for effectiveness and legitimacy. The brief period of Bretton Woods-style globalization in the decades following World War II was more Polanyiesque in so far it did not question …
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April 2019

29
Apr
2019

The New Asian Geopolitics

In the last two decades, globalisation, rapid development and the rise of China and other emerging economies have moved the centre of gravity of the world politics and the economy to Asia. In this talk, Ambassador Menon will consider the longer term drivers of this phenomenon and where they might take the geopolitics of Asia …
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15
Apr
2019

European Universities

Universities all around the globe nowadays find themselves in an almost schizophrenic situation: highly successful and growing on one hand, yet suffering from pressure and uncertainty on the other hand. The presentation will explain how this situation is caused by problems of accountability that universities face in the age of popular democracy. Secondly, it will …
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08
Apr
2019

Vicious and Virtuous Circles in the Rural Economy of East European Borderlands (19th-20th Century)

The borderlands of Eastern Europe, that is the territories on the edges of the three empires Austro-Hungarian, Tsarist and Ottoman, remained predominantly rural in character well into the 20th century. As late as 1960 up to 40% of the population in the region still lived and worked in the countryside. The social history of the …
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03
Apr
2019

Imaginaries of Democracy and Dissent

When Charles Taylor engaged in explorations of modern social imaginaries more than two decades ago, he could hardly have predicted how popular his inquiry would become among political and legal philosophers in recent years. Imaginaries precede theoretical knowledge and refer to the ways people imagine and share their social existence. As deeply entrenched modes of collective understanding, they evolve …
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01
Apr
2019

Workers’ Experiences of Post-Soviet Deindustrialisation

As the socialist project went bankrupt with the break-up of the USSR, workers were left in an ideological vacuum. It was filled either by hope-filled dreams of  successful individual adaptation to the capitalist order, or by nostalgic sentiment towards the Soviet past as a means of critiquing the present, or (on the contrary) by blaming …
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March 2019

28
Mar
2019

The Architecture of Global Migration Politics

The new Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants are important documents of the global politics of migration. They are also valuable documents to understand the way migration is politically and intellectually constructed as a research and policy issue. In their multi-stakeholder and market-inspired approach, these documents identify the role of migration/migrants in global economy prioritizing …
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27
Mar
2019

How Smart People Got Too Powerful and Why That Might be About to Change

There is one overarching explanation for current political discontents that is hiding in plain sight: cognitive ability—that hard to define ability that helps people to pass exams and then process information efficiently in their professional lives—has become the gold standard of human esteem. People with higher levels of cognitive ability—what one might call the cognitive …
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25
Mar
2019

Messianism and Sociopolitical Revolution in Islam

This report of my work on progress follows a new theoretical approach to the sociology of revolution offered in Revolution: Structure and Meaning in History to appear next month with regard to the motivation to revolutionary action. This approach shifts the focus of analysis from the putatively general causes of revolutions to the specific motivation …
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24
Mar
2019

Brexit: Deal or No Deal? What’s next for Britain and the EU?

In June 2016, the majority of the British population voted in favour of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Since then, this decision has created enormous political waves within Great Britain – it has been in fact already termed as the biggest political crisis in the UK since World War II. It has also …
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19
Mar
2019

Systemic Earthquake: National, Regional and the Global Dimensions

In the second event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev talks with Ahmet Davutoğlu, former Prime Minister of Turkey (2014-2016), about the current geopolitical challenges on national, regional and international level. Ahmet Davutoğlu is a Turkish politician, diplomat and academic. He is the author of the book “Strategic Depth: Turkey’s international …
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18
Mar
2019

Soviet Ukrainian Patriotism in Brezhnev`s Dnipropetrovsk

One of the biggest Soviet industrial centers, a city of more than a million people in southern Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk (today Dnipro), was closed to foreigners beginning in 1959 because of the secret rocket production in the city. It was also considered ‘Brezhnev’s city’ because the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union …
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14
Mar
2019

Between Predation and Protection

Why, despite long-term and general declines in all forms of lethal violence, are some states and regions caught in an “insecurity trap”?  What are the processes and mechanisms that facilitated the emergence of pacific states in the 19th and 20th century, and where (and why) do these conditions not hold today? The talk will explore …
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11
Mar
2019

Statelessness in South Asia

The lecture examines the entanglements of citizenship policies and practices with the spread of statelessness today. It discusses the genesis of the Rohingya question in Myanmar in the broader context of citizenship registration drives in some postcolonial countries, which render massive number of “illegal immigrants” stateless. Current citizenship policies in these countries reflect the desire …
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10
Mar
2019

Trojanow trifft: „Wie konnte das passieren?“ – Das Gespenst des Rechtsrucks in Österreich

Ein Terrorakt im Herzen der österreichischen Hauptstadt ist der Nukleus des Romans Opernball von Josef Haslinger, zum Zeitpunkt der Veröffentlichung 1995 eine dystopische Übertreibung. Aber ganz aus der Luft gegriffen war das Szenario nicht, hatten doch rechtsextreme Anschläge und Briefbombenterror gerade das Land erschüttert. Eine Neue Rechte aus den diversesten Lagern, mit „wissenschaftlichem“, ideologischem oder …
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05
Mar
2019

Historia i Prawda

Serdecznie zapraszamy na 29. Debatę Tischnerowską, której tematem będzie “Historia i Prawda”. Czy historia opisuje prawdę? Na jakiej prawdzie opiera się polityka historyczna? Czy uczciwy historyk może być przekonany, że mówi prawdę? O tym dyskutować będą: Timothy Snyder  historyk nowożytnego nacjonalizmu oraz dziejów Europy Środkowej i Wschodniej, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History Uniwersytetu …
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04
Mar
2019

How Does Scholarship Persuade?

In this talk, I will identify as one of the main sources of authority in a scholarly argument an implicit–or, in some cases, explicit–conversion narrative.  This narrative, in which the scholar confronts evidence that compels him or her to a conclusion very different from the expected one, is at the core of scholarship as such, and …
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February 2019

26
Feb
2019

Changing Politics and Geopolitics

President Trump has now survived his first test as US President and, barring serious findings from the Mueller Inquiry, he will run for a second term with reasonable prospects of winning.  Like him or not, he is set to be the most consequential president for fifty years.  An assessment of the implications of a return …
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25
Feb
2019

Democracy and Conspiracy

We live in an age of both informational excess and epistemic poverty. More sources of knowledge than ever are accessible to an ever greater number of people, but this accessibility has created an environment in which manipulation, propaganda, neurotic scrutiny and mild paranoia flourish. Drawing on research about conspiracy theories and their communities, this talk …
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18
Feb
2019

Real Existing Post-Socialism

In the colloquium Muriel Blaive will outline her book project on memory politics in the Czech Republic. She will especially ponder on the conflation between memory and commemoration, research and activism, history and politics. The talk will broach five aspects: 1) the totalitarian paradigm adapted to the post-1989 Czech terrain; 2) an epistemology of the …
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17
Feb
2019

Vorhang auf oder Schotten dicht? Was bleibt von 1989?

Im Frühsommer 1989 bekam der Eiserne Vorhang erste Risse. Im November 1989 fiel symbolträchtig die Berliner Mauer, bis Jahresende verschwanden die alten Regime in der DDR, in Polen, Ungarn, in der Tschechoslowakei, in Bulgarien und Rumänien. Es war eine historische Zäsur – politisch, wirtschaftlich, gesellschaftlich. Plötzlich schienen Freiheit und Demokratie überall möglich, und das geteilte …
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12
Feb
2019

Svätopluk Mikyta: Die Monochrome. Überdenken der Vergangenheit, Interpretation der Gegenwart

In Kooperation mit dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen zeigt die Knoll Galerie Wien in den Räumlichkeiten des IWM eine Werkauswahl des slowakischen Künstlers Svätopluk Mikyta aus seiner Serie „Die Monochrome“. Svätopluk Mikyta wurde in 1973 in der Slowakei geboren. Er hat auf der Akademie der Bildenden Künste und Design in Bratislava und auf …
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12
Feb
2019

Aid in Times of Crisis, the Crisis of Aid

Aid is still regarded as an important instrument for human development, nationally and internationally. Yet, the nature of aid, its structuring and implementation has changed considerably in recent years. It has been increasingly integrated into the financial and economic system, giving rise to a thriving new industry dealing in „social bonds“ and „social business“, thus …
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11
Feb
2019

Modern Cruelty

This lecture is part of a research project which is focused on discourses on cruelty that means on a form of an organized speech that legitimates cruelty as a positive or at least as an unavoidable element of life and is essential for male identity. It is connected with a ‘realism’ arguing that cruelty is …
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07
Feb
2019

European Culture Wars?

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 …
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04
Feb
2019

Europe’s Far Right on the Rise

European polities are facing a challenge from the far right unprecedented in the post-WW2 era. This new fascism is well financed, transnational and intent on turning the clock backwards on democracy, human rights, and the freedoms of minorities. They also often promote climate change denial at this dangerous moment for the ecological future of our …
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January 2019

29
Jan
2019

International Lawyers’ Failing

Miloš Vec will analyze the intersection of the idea of pariah weapons with clashes between moral verdicts and legal bans in the 19th century. The industrial revolution and subsequent technological progress enabled the production and use of a new range of weapons and military equipment. How did international law and lawyers react to this development? …
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28
Jan
2019

Marx, Colonialism, and India

The ways in which the colony features in Marx’s thoughts as an object of knowledge also make the  colony a part of the global history of capital, and goes beyond the usual binary of colonialism/nationalism or colony/nation. It also forces us to think of associated questions of primitive accumulation, borders, universalism, concrete, etc. Colonies were …
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21
Jan
2019

Pflegerinnen: Migrant Women in Domestic Care

New forms of solidarity have emerged among Eastern European migrants working in domestic care in Western countries. Far from their families and often working in isolated places, these women rely a lot on social media. They are part of several Facebook groups, where they find useful information, learn about their rights and how to navigate …
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15
Jan
2019

McMafia and the Geopolitics of Crime

Organized crime is part of all our worlds—often without us even knowing. In our times of the return of geopolitics Misha Glenny renowned author and journalist will present and discuss the deep and intricate connections in the world of international organized crime and how these developments affect today’s politics and societies. Misha Glenny is a speaker, …
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14
Jan
2019

Beyond the “Power of the Powerless“

A closer look onto the intellectual context of Havel’s famous essay reveals that, among Czechoslovakian dissidents, there were more serious critiques of his piece than outspoken supporters. The fact that Havel became an iconic figure of the 1989’s revolution and the successive road towards freedom makes it difficult to look impartially on the discourse of …
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13
Jan
2019

Trojanow trifft: Nestor Machno – Erinnert Euch an mich!

 Nestor Machno – der große Unbekannte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Von der sowjetischen Geschichtsschreibung zum Banditen degradiert, von den Anarchisten in aller Welt als Held, als ukrainischer Che Guevara verherrlicht, hat er mit seinen Freischärlern den Ausgang des russischen Bürgerkriegs entscheidend beeinflusst. Der Schauspieler Mark Zak, selbst in der Ukraine aufgewachsen, hat über diesen Rebellen …
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