17 Dec

Junior Fellows’ Conference

Program: 10:00–10:30 A Nation of Bureaucrats or a Nation of Tradesmen? Welfare Benefits as Nation-building Modernization Tools in Interwar Romania Sergiu Delcea PhD candidate, Doctoral School of Political Science, Central European University Discussant: Susan Zimmermann (CEU) 10:30–11:00 Russia’s new Middle Classes: the Politics of (self)-Autonomization and its Consequences Volha Biziukova PhD candidate in Cultural and …
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12 Dec

Antisemitism Resisted and Denied

The talk examines three moments in the history of twentieth-century antisemitism in which it faced organized opposition on a transnational scale. The first case concerns the discriminatory policies of the late tsarist empire and the role of antisemitism as a mobilizing factor in the civil war that followed the revolution. The second revolves around the …
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11 Dec

Any Future for Welfare Capitalism and a European Social Model – or even Post-Capitalism?

30 years after the collapse of „Communism“ or European State Socialism, Capitalism isn’t triumphant towards a neo-liberal „End of History“ any longer but crisis-shaken and riven between most dynamic creative disruption and unpredictable self-destructive but also transformative tendencies. This crisis differs significantly across the globe, and also within Europe, between North-Western, Latin, Continental, Central and …
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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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05 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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02 Dec

Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

Plato’s Gorgias is traditionally seen as a clash between egoism and altruism, a moral rejection of voluntaristic rhetoric. However,  this interpretation assumes the universal concept of man as an autonomous entity, fully responsible for his actions. I will show that Gorgianic rhetoric is based on a different, individual concept of man as determined primarily by …
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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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21 Nov

Brexit: Farce und Tragödie

The June 2016 referendum result plunged the United Kingdom into a political crisis that continues unresolved until this very moment three and a half years later. It has been defined in many different ways by authors, experts and journalists as the most profound and most complex political crisis in the United Kingdom since 1945. As …
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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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