2020

17 Nov

Narrative Making in the European Capital

As great power competition increasingly spills over into the information space, a compelling European narrative has become a geopolitical imperative. Europe finds itself in a battle of narratives between democracies and authoritarian regimes that cannot be decided on the basis of facts alone. To resist populist and autocratic forces, the European Union needs to communicate in …
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11 Nov

Missing Pages of European History: The EU’s Historic Role in Why Western Balkans Enlargement is Stuck   

Many people agree that the European Union’s enlargement process is flawed. As a consequence, none of the aspiring EU members meet their targets on the path to membership on time and some do not meet them at all. While Europeans spent a lot of money, time and energy to improve life the region for decades, …
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11 Nov

Migration, Borders and Technologies – An Introduction to Techno-Borderscapes

In this presentation, I discuss the relationship among migration, borders and technologies by examining the role of mobile digital devices in the everyday lives of migrants in transit and their encounters with state agents, humanitarian actors and activists at the border. The concept techno-borderscapes is introduced to rethink transit zones as sites of embodied and virtual interactions …
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04 Nov

Judges Under Pressure: Europe’s Unfinished Transformation

Two members of the European Union. Two members of NATO. They couldn’t be more different. Poland and Romania are undergoing transformations that could have a profound effect on the rule of law, particularly on the role of independent judges. Romania has been consistently criticized by reformers, by human rights activists and by organizations trying to …
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27 Oct

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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21 Oct

Learning From the Prespa Agreement: Is There a ‘Southeast European Way’ of Settling Disputes or Should There Be One? Lessons for the European Union

The Macedonia name dispute, one of the very first dispute of the post-Cold War era in Southeast Europe, was finally settled in June 2018 with the signing of the Prespa Agreement. The deal between Greece and North Macedonia was hailed as historic and an important breakthrough for the entire region’s integration to Western institutions. However, …
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20 Oct

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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14 Oct

Who is Telling Us What? Why? And How? The Media in Central and Eastern Europe in 2020

With technological change so rapid, and global concerns rivaling the traditionally local focus of most human beings, media assume an ever more important role in our societies. That is particularly true in central and eastern Europe, where journalists and their audience mostly have had a mere three decades to establish and mold independent media that …
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14 Oct

The Problem of Religious Art in Modernity Uses and Abuses of the Icon in Russia

8th Graduate Workshop of the Russian Art & Culture Group, in collaboration with the “Eurasia in Global Dialogue” Program at the IWM In Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche wrote: “that species of art can never flourish again which—like the Divine Comedy, the paintings by Raphael, the frescoes of Michelangelo, Gothic cathedrals—presupposes not only a cosmic …
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13 Oct

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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