22 May

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

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

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

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

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

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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06 May

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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29 Apr

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

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

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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