|Towards Democratic Renewal: Theory and Practice||-||Conferences and Workshops||Charles TaylorClemena AntonovaDilip GaonkarKim ScheppeleLudger HagedornOlga ShparagaShalini RanderiaRebecca Tapscott, Yogendra Yadav, Stephen Sawyer, Mukulika Banerjee, Madhulika Banerjee, Craig Calhoun, Jayson Harsin, Gesche Keding, Gerasimos Makris||
Speakers: Charles TaylorClemena AntonovaDilip GaonkarKim ScheppeleLudger HagedornOlga ShparagaShalini RanderiaRebecca Tapscott, Yogendra Yadav, Stephen Sawyer, Mukulika Banerjee, Madhulika Banerjee, Craig Calhoun, Jayson Harsin, Gesche Keding, Gerasimos Makris
Series: Conferences and Workshops
During this conference, distinguished scholars from Canada, Europe, India, and the United States will discuss how and why democracies tend to weaken and degenerate over time, even in highly developed and affluent liberal societies. These scholars will also identify and evaluate opportunities for regenerating and rebuilding democracies, especially in developing countries facing challenges of economic duress, poor governance, and communal conflicts.
|Europe’s Futures Annual Symposium – Day 1||Conferences and Workshops||Balázs JarábikIvan VejvodaIvana DragičevićKristof BenderVeronica AnghelMisha Glenny||
Series: Conferences and Workshops
At the Europe's Futures Annual Symposium 2023, the fifth cohort of Europe’s Futures Fellows presented the conclusions of their research in the academic year 2022/23. The findings were discussed with the Europe’s Futures Alumni Network and researchers from the University of Rijeka Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe.
|Degenerations of Democracy, Regenerations of Democracy||Panels and Discussions||Charles TaylorDilip GaonkarLudger HagedornShalini RanderiaCraig Calhoun, Mukulika Banerjee, Yogendra Yadav||
Speakers: Charles TaylorDilip GaonkarLudger HagedornShalini RanderiaCraig Calhoun, Mukulika Banerjee, Yogendra Yadav
Series: Panels and Discussions
During this double panel of public presentations, distinguished scholars from Canada, Europe, India, and the United States discussed how and why democracies tend to weaken and degenerate over time, even in highly developed and affluent liberal societies. At the same time, these scholars also identified and evaluated opportunities for regenerating and rebuilding democracies, especially in developing countries facing challenges of economic duress, poor governance, and communal conflicts.
|Culture After Empire||Lecture||Dilip GaonkarGyan PrakashLudger Hagedorn||
|Mahler's Vienna and New York. Reflections on Modernism and Antisemitism||Lecture||Misha GlennyIra Katznelson||
Speakers: Misha GlennyIra Katznelson
Krzysztof Michalski, philosopher, charismatic personality, founder, and long-time rector of IWM. For this year's Krzysztof Michalski Memorial Lecture, we have invited the political scientist and historian Ira Katznelson. Listen to his reflection on the topic "Mahler's Vienna and New York: Reflections on Modernism and Antisemitism."
|Democracy's Dilemmas Reconsidered||Lecture||Ewa AtanassowIra Katznelson||
Speakers: Ewa AtanassowIra Katznelson
Drawing on Tocqueville’s analytical and policy writings, the presentation focused on how urgent questions facing democracies today are rooted in hard-wired tensions Tocqueville identified between the universal scope of democratic principles and the limits of practical attempts to grapple with key issues of sovereignty, nationalism, and globalization.
|Elusive Transformations||Seminars and Colloquia||Mieke VerlooToni Haastrup||
Toni Haastrup critically scrutinized the EU’s claims to feminist actorship by introducing the analytical concept of “Feminist Power Europe.” In employing FPE as a lens, she examined whether the EU can adopt an FFP and if such an approach upholds the transformative potential of feminism. She demonstrated that the EU’s propensity for a transformative feminist foreign policy is limited by the setup of global politics, which continues to be situated in a traditionally masculine environment with prevailing hierarchies as a result of colonialism and racism.
|Reading Russian Philosophy in the Age of Putin||Lecture||Clemena AntonovaNikolay MitrokhinSerguei OushakineRandall A. Poole, Dessy Gavrilova||
The third part of the lecture series, “Reading Russian Philosophy in the Age of Putin,” offered contemporary readings on religion and human rights topics. In the afternoon session, the two speakers considered the official rhetoric of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Russo-Ukrainian War. They looked closely and critiqued some of the positions of the Church, frequently identified with the pronouncements of Patriarch Kirill, which make intentional associations with a long intellectual tradition of Eastern Orthodox and Russian thought. The evening lecture will consider the recent demise of a nineteenth-century Russian intellectual tradition of human dignity and human rights.
|Responsible AI||Lecture||Hannes WerthnerLudger HagedornRicardo Baeza-YatesGerti Kappel||
The first part of this presentation covered irresponsible AI. This set the context for the second part, where three main challenges were addressed: (1) principles and governance, (2) regulation, and (3) our cognitive biases. At the end of the talk there was a discussion on responsible AI initiatives and the outlook for the near future.
|Irony in Politics||Seminars and Colloquia||Gergely TóthMisha Glenny||
Irony has always fascinated thinkers, artists and frankly, everyone reflecting on the smaller and bigger paradoxes of life. Since the Romantic movement, irony is understood to be more than an “average” trope; it has been framed, variously, as an attitude, a discursive strategy or even the source of freedom. According to Søren Kierkegaard, “[j]ust as philosophy begins with doubt, so also a life that may be called human begins with irony. […] no genuinely human life is possible without irony.”