23 Jan

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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20 Jan

Debating Citizenship and Emancipation during the Long 19th Century

Holly Case has called the period spanning the late-18th to the second half of the 20th century “The Age of Questions,” which included the Eastern question, Jewish question, social question, and countless others. In his recent book Liberalism, Constitutional Nationalism, and Minorities: The Making of Romanian Citizenship, c. 1750–1918 (2019), Constantin Iordachi shows how the …
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13 Jan

The Anthropologists’ Problem with Barter

The standard story of economists about the origins of money is that it came from barter. For most modern anthropologists this story is about as reasonable as the story that babies are brought by the storks. It has become such a big problem that many prominent anthropologists have recently turned against economics as a discipline …
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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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16 Dec

Fortschrittskepsis in der klassischen deutschen Geschichtsphilosophie am Beispiel Schillers

Tamás Miklós ist Dozent an der Eötvös Lorand Universität und Leiter des Atlantisz Verlages in Budapest. Derzeit ist er Visiting Fellow am IWM. Print
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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