|Hybrider Thementag der Kommission für One Person Libraries||Conferences and Workshops||Katharina Gratz, Lisa Weinberger, Rainer Stowasser||
Speakers: Katharina Gratz, Lisa Weinberger, Rainer Stowasser
Series: Conferences and Workshops
|The Impossibility of Politics: Brecht, Manto and Two Itinerant Situations||Lecture||Ludger HagedornRanabir Samaddar||
Two writings of Bertold Brecht and Sadat Hasan Manto are joined by a realisation that in certain situations political openings become impossible. Strangely these are not stable or more correctly speaking static situations but are situations of mobility. Yet the conditions of mobility bring to us only spectres of deaths. Political openings towards transformation at least in a conventional sense are ruled out. The severity of itinerant situations at times makes it impossible for the migrant subjectivity to become political. German dramatist Bertold Brecht’s play, Mother Courage and Her Children (1939) and the short story on the Indian partition by the Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, Toba Tek Singh (1955) tell us of situations marked by an impossibility of politics. These two literary pieces critique existing political responses to the closures of the time – a war and a partition. They produce an aesthetic of empathy, and this irrespective of whatever the authors may have wanted to convey through these two writings. They replace politics as they become “acts of literature”. Precisely by refusing to suggest a political solution, they have presented an uncertain and delicate message, namely that politics does not solve everything. There are many situations on earth that prove a closure of politics, where perhaps aesthetics provides the opening. Aesthetic sensibility acquires fundamental importance in envisioning alternatives to capitalism. It makes the reach of understanding global while its roots may be local.
|Regional free movement of people law: A new field of research for migration studies||Seminars and Colloquia||Diego AcostaRainer Bauböck||
Speakers: Diego AcostaRainer Bauböck
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
A powerful narrative presents the response to the global challenge of migration as the erection of borders. This paper explores its apparent converse: the easing of borders at regional level. There are now policies and laws facilitating free movement of people in at least thirty-three regional organizations involving 174 states, in addition to numerous bilateral agreements and domestic norms. Yet little work has been done to understand their scope. This Article defines a new field of study for international migration law, labelled as regional free movement of people law, and systematically presents its components.
|Delhi, Oxford, Moscow.||Lecture||Andrei SoldatovArundhati Virmani||
Speakers: Andrei SoldatovArundhati Virmani
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, philosopher, academic, intellectual, president of the Indian Republic, spent his life in building and crossing unexpected bridges: between the multifarious activities he undertook during his lifetime, between places that he chose to inhabit, or where he was sent. His multifaceted profile thus led him from his native southern India to the seat of the British empire in Calcutta, to academic citadels in Britain and in the United-States, and later, at the heart of the Cold War, as ambassador to the Soviet Union. His trajectory allows us to follow these multilateral exchanges at different scales and leads us to consider the complex exchanges between distant places belonging to civilizational blocs like Europe, India and Russia beyond traditional binary poles, while viewing them in very contemporary contexts. The intervention examines how Radhakrishnan’s biography challenges our classic understandings of colonial and post-colonial categories and relationships.
|Sovereignty and Political Mythologies||Lecture||Katerina KociColby Dickinson||
Speakers: Katerina KociColby Dickinson
The Cartesian mind/body dualism that has come to dominate western thinking for centuries has an unacknowledged affinity with the split in sovereign power that once characterized the king’s two bodies. In this medieval political theology the king is said to have both a physical-temporal body that eventually dies and another body that represents the politically sovereign and eternal body. Secularized Cartesian mind/body dualism, where the mind becomes an eternal force of reason acting within a corrupted embodied existence, the king’s two bodies reflect a hierarchical imposition of dominance that justifies a more deeply engrained master/slave duality.
|Legacies of Silenced Atrocities: Lessons from Holodomor||Seminars and Colloquia||Karolina KoziuraKatherine YoungerLudger Hagedorn||
How to make sense of an atrocity in an environment of repressive silence? What kind of memory work needs to be done to overcome imposed forgetting? This presentation aimed to address these questions by analyzing the long-term legacy of political violence that travels across time and space. By unravelling the meaning of Holodomor, one of the biggest - yet unacknowledged - atrocities in the history of the Soviet Union, it traced the lasting effects of the denial of mass atrocity and documented the struggles of transnational mnemonic activists to reclaim authority over a silenced past. It further showed that to achieve reconciliation with a repressive past, history and memory need to be seen as mutually dependent transcending the national optic.
|The Ratline - From Vienna and Back, with Love, Lies and Justice||Lecture||Ivan VejvodaPhilippe Sands||
Speakers: Ivan VejvodaPhilippe Sands
To mark the publication of the English language version of The Ratline, which follows his prize-winning book East West Street, Philippe Sands explored the ideas that underpin his new work, an account of the lives of Otto von Wächter, an Austrian SS Gruppenführer indicted for mass murder, and his wife Charlotte, from the moment they met Vienna in April 1929 to his unexpected death in Rome in 1949. The lecture was built around a set of deeply personal stories that explore the role of justice, the legacy of memory across generations, and the impulses that generate our search for truth.
|Buchpräsentation: Migration und Staatsbürgerschaft||Panels and Discussions||Ludger HagedornRainer Bauböck, Gerd Valchars, Nina Horaczek, Heinz Mayer||
Speakers: Ludger HagedornRainer Bauböck, Gerd Valchars, Nina Horaczek, Heinz Mayer
Series: Panels and Discussions
|The German Elections and Europe's Future||Panels and Discussions||Ivan VejvodaOlivia LazardValbona ZeneliZoran NechevRoderick Parkes||
Series: Panels and Discussions
|Europe's Futures Colloquium||Seminars and Colloquia||Ivan VejvodaSoli ÖzelValbona Zeneli||
The Transatlantic relationship between Europe and the United States is being challenged in a variety of ways. The situation in Southeastern Europe and Turkey adds to this complexity but also opens alleys for cooperation. Foreign malign influence is growing in the candidate-countries of the Western Balkans, highlighting the vacuum and the economic, security and environmental risks created after the recent “deepening-before-widening [of the European Union]” policy shift that has put the accession processes on hold. In the immediate vicinity, Turkey has been going through cycles of internal and external conflicts that have further strained relations with the European Union already damaged by the effective removal of Turkey’s accession prospects. This session offered detailed insight and expert views from two of 2021-22 Europe’s Futures Fellows, Valbona Zeneli and Soli Özel. In a conversation facilitated by Ivan Vejvoda, they examined the routes for the Western Balkans’ candidate-countries to be drawn closer – and in - to the European Union, as well as the likely scenarios for future political developments in Turkey.