09 Dec

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

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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28 Nov

In Favor of Ambiguity. The Essay as a Political Genre

 Since the election of Donald Trump in the US and the rise of populist parties all over Europe, writers on the left have emphasized the importance of “positioning”, or the orientation of thinking around the achievement of a political goal. In times of polarization, the luxury of ambivalence and doubt has been called into question. …
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25 Nov

Ukraine’s Search for Identity and Heroes

Since the Lenins fell after the Maidan Revolution, Ukraine has been looking for new heroes to replace him on his pedestal, and for a national story to unite around as a way to break with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “Russian world.” Ian Bateson will talk about his reporting over the past five years, from his …
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18 Nov


In materialistic utopias, things only unite people, not divide them. Such happy lands are free from market exchange and, consequently, redistributive procedures. Instead, the goods people need are rationed by the government, or decommodified and exchanged between friends, or abundant and free for everyone. No wonder the 2008 crisis and digital technology progress has made …
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14 Nov

Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Secularism

In the 1990s, multiculturalism was widely accepted as the future of liberal societies and defended by political philosophers as an extension of liberal principles. Since the early 2000s, the concept has come under heavy political attack, with the target being more often a caricature than a set of ideas and policies responding to diversity. Bhikhu …
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11 Nov

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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07 Nov

Thirty Years After: Europe’s Unfinished revolution?

The year 1989 stands for a historical caesura that deeply changed the face of Europe. Now, its 30th anniversary prompts us to recall the year’s dramatic events, but also to reflect on the many implications that those events still have for us today. A public debate between Czech political scientist Jiří Přibán and Slovak public …
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06 Nov

1989 in a Day

This is a series of conversations spanning various Eastern and Central European societies between someone, who was an active participant, or a close observer, of an event on a crucial date in 1989, and a person, who was still very young in 1989. Both speakers will start with personal reflections that will be followed by …
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05 Nov

1989 – Jeder Aufbruch verlangt nach Geschichten, Teil II

Vor 30 Jahren ist der „Eiserne Vorhang“ gefallen, viele Grenzen sind verschwunden. Doch oft scheint es, als seien sich Kulturen, Literaturen und Mentalitäten in »Ost« und »West« nach wie vor fremd. Während die wirtschaftlichen Verflechtungen längst eng geworden sind, hängt zwischen den Lebensrealitäten oft ein „gläserner Vorhang“. An guten Tagen ist er immerhin durchsichtig; am …
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