Save the Date: Vienna Humanities Festival from 27.9.- 2.10.


Join us for thought-provoking discussions about the roots and consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian war, global crises and digitization at this year’s festival “The Age of Uncertainty – Zeitenwende”

Today the world seems out of joint. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February brought full-scale war back to Europe. Terror bombing, atrocities, mass deportations are suddenly part of our daily reality. The war plunged an already unsteady world into deeper uncertainty. Still grappling with the economic and public health consequences of the pandemic, we now face spiralling inflation driven by rocketing energy and food prices. The post-1989 period of hope and trust in liberal and democratic values have evaporated in a few short years. The accelerating speed of technological innovations makes it difficult to keep pace with the changes it induces. 

How far-reaching will the effects of this historical turning point be? At the Vienna Humanities Festival “The Age of Uncertainty -Zeitenwende” some of today’s brightest minds will navigate the seas of uncertainty to find answers in unexpected places. Join the debates with: economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, author Daniel Kehlmann, Putin expert Catherine Belton, political scientists Ronald Deibert and Lea Ypi, investigative journalists Christo Grozev and Andrei Soldatov, essayist Katja Petrowskaja, and many more.

This year’s Vienna Humanities Festival, which is already taking place for the fifth time, will be held at the Rathaus Wien, at the Technische Universität Wien and at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien from Tuesday, 27 September until Sunday, 2 October. 

For more information on the Vienna Humanities Festival, its distinguished speakers and all 25 events go to:

All events are held in English or German. Admission is free. 

“We have reached a turning point in history. In times of uncertainty humans have always turned to philosophy, history and literature to seek advice and inspiration. This is what the Vienna Humanities Festival: The Age of Uncertainty aspires to this year. With a range of speakers of the highest calibre and international standing, we will be looking into the fundamental trends underpinning this historical moment. I look forward to welcoming you as we explore the answers to some of today's most challenging questions", says Misha Glenny, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences. 

The Vienna Humanities Festival is a joint project by the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and European Network of Houses for Debate, "Time to Talk". In cooperation with: Der Standard, Erste Stiftung, Open Society Foundations, Stadt Wien, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, European Forum Alpbach, Technische Universität Wien and Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien.