Lectures

December 2020

01
Dec
2020

The Ratline

To mark the publication of the German language version of The Ratline, which follows his prize-winning book East West Street, Philippe Sands explores the ideas that underpin his new work, an account of the lives of Otto Wächter, an Austrian SS Gruppenführer indicted for mass murder, his wife Charlotte, from the moment they met Vienna …
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October 2020

27
Oct
2020

Homo Itinerans 

Afghan society has been indelibly marked in by war and the exodus of a large part of its population. But it also characterized by the presence of innumerable international and nongovernmental organizations, as well as armed forces from many countries. Adopting mobility as an analytical key, and mindful of the significance of analysing processes and phenomena across scales, I will present a global though intimate ethnography of …
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20
Oct
2020

Cancelled!" rel="bookmark"> Democracy: A Fragile Way of Life – Cancelled!

The Monthly Lecture has had to be cancelled! We appreciate your understanding! After the Cold War ended, liberal democracy was taken for granted. Now it is in crisis: citizens distrust parliamentary politics, the people’s parties are losing members and votes, and social media are crowding out public debates. Challenging the sense of despair that informs …
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13
Oct
2020

Beach Encounters

As I started to follow the traces of bodies that in recent years went missing in the Mediterranean, I had to move away from Europe, its soil, politics and ways of knowing the dead. This movement was neither firm nor fast. There were twists, switching of courses, fast-forwards as well as occasional meanderings. Eventually I …
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September 2020

22
Sep
2020

COVID-19 and Democracy: A New Mode of Governance?

The Berlin Republic of today is neither Weimar (1918–1932) nor Bonn (1949–1990). It is by all standards the best democracy ever on German soil. Nevertheless, during the COVID-19 crisis there was a shift from democracy as a mode of governance to what the controversial legal theorist Carl Schmitt (1922) affirmingly described as a “state of …
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17
Sep
2020

Jean Améry Prize Awarded to Ivan Krastev

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The Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Klett-Cotta publishing house awarded the prize, founded in memory of Jean Améry for important contemporary essays, to IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev on September 17, 2020. The jury, chaired by Robert Menasse, explained their decision by stating »The clarity of thinking against the appointments of the time: That is, among …
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May 2020

12
May
2020

“WhatsApp Israel?”

There are not many individuals in the world, who do not know Israel. Who did not hear something, good or bad, about it? Many have strong opinions about what is happening in this small country. The country that was once a model society of equality and liberal democracy is now a partner to more conservative …
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April 2020

21
Apr
2020

The Ratline

Due to the coronavirus outbreak this lecture has been postponed to December 1, 2020. The event will be the launch of the German language version of The Ratline, which will come out on November 25. In his new book The Ratline, Philippe Sands explores the ideas that underpin his new work, an account of the …
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March 2020

26
Mar
2020

Byzantium as an Argument in the Russian Intellectual Debate

Not long ago, two prominent public intellectuals in Russia – a well-known pro-Kremlin analyst and the liberal thinker Yulia Latynina –  wrote articles about Byzantium. Although their attitudes toward Byzantium were diametrically opposite to each other, the two authors were comically unanimous in their belief that this long defunct Empire was responsible for everything that …
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17
Mar
2020

The Remains of the Real. Politics after Postmodernism

There was a moment in the 1990ties, in the era of high postmodernism, when it seemed that social reality has had no stable foundations and as such it can be freely and totally transformed by interventions in the registers of symbols and images. Various social, political and economic developments of the last two decades – …
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February 2020

25
Feb
2020

Liberalism in Crisis: Between Totalitarian Responses and Progressive Dreams

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In the past decade, many have spoken of the “crisis of democracy” due to the rise of populism in Europe, both in the East and the West, in the Union’s member states and in the aspiring member countries. But is democracy really what is at stake and in crisis nowadays, or is it a whole …
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13
Feb
2020

Award Ceremony for the Inaugural Emma Goldman Awards

The IWM is pleased to announce a collaboration with the FLAX Foundation, a newly founded independent foundation. Starting in 2020, the FLAX Foundation will issue awards to talented and engaged scholars of feminist and inequality issues in Europe, to support their research and development. The IWM will host two Emma Goldman Fellows each year, beginning …
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January 2020

23
Jan
2020

Religion and Revolution

While the “Russian religious renaissance” at the beginning of the 20th century and the political fervour, which culminated in the October Revolution of 1917, took place at the same period, these two developments are rarely studied alongside each other. In their joint book presentations, the two speakers are going to consider a tradition of religious …
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