|Time to Decide Europe Summit||Conferences and Workshops||Dimitar BechevGerald KnausIvan KrastevIvan VejvodaKarolina WiguraMaxim TrudolyubovMisha GlennyNikola DimitrovOlivia LazardSerhii PlokhiiStefan LehneStephen HolmesZsuzsanna SzelényiSlawomir SierakowskiFranziska Brantner, Marina Davydova, Ivana Dragičević, Florence Gaub, Heather Grabbe, Anna Jermolaewa, Marta Pardavi, Susanne Scholl, Nathalie Tocci, Želimir Žilnik||
Speakers: Dimitar BechevGerald KnausIvan KrastevIvan VejvodaKarolina WiguraMaxim TrudolyubovMisha GlennyNikola DimitrovOlivia LazardSerhii PlokhiiStefan LehneStephen HolmesZsuzsanna SzelényiSlawomir SierakowskiFranziska Brantner, Marina Davydova, Ivana Dragičević, Florence Gaub, Heather Grabbe, Anna Jermolaewa, Marta Pardavi, Susanne Scholl, Nathalie Tocci, Želimir Žilnik
Series: Conferences and Workshops
In the early hours of 24 February 2022, Europe woke up to a grave new world. Something considered unthinkable after WWII had happened, and the European security order was blown up. Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine put an end to the “end of history” era, which had begun in 1989.
This attack has triggered events in Europe that had been previously unimaginable. We want to look ahead and think about the consequences of these dramatic events for Ukraine, for Europe and the EU, and for Russia.
ERSTE Foundation and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) have invited some of the brightest minds to start a debate on the difficult questions that Europe is facing today and the answers that will determine the future.
|Democracy and Demography||Panels and Discussions||Ivan KrastevRainer Münz||
Speakers: Ivan KrastevRainer Münz
Series: Panels and Discussions
The interactions between demographic structures and democracy are often overlooked, but they work two ways. On the one hand, the demographic composition of societies and demographic change have implications for the way elected governments address issues, allocate fiscal resources and represent interests of their constituencies. Demographic ageing obviously has an impact. The same is true for settled as well as emerging diasporas. On the other hand, democratically elected governments backed by a parliamentary majority can influence part of their polity via citizenship and naturalization policies as well as inclusive or exclusive electoral regimes targeting specific demographically defined groups. Gerrymandering in the process of redesigning electoral districts is just one of several examples. The discussion between Rainer Münz and Ivan Krastev explored such interactions and discussed their implications for the future of democracies.
|Arts after Violence: How to Read the History of Ukrainian Art?||Seminars and Colloquia||Kateryna IakovlenkoKatherine Younger||
According to Walter Benjamin, there is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism. Thus, art history might be reviewed as a history of violence–and the history of Ukrainian art is no different. Today, learning of the deportation of Ukrainian art to Moscow or the destruction of cultural heritage, the methods of barbarism and colonization become clearer. During her talk, Kateryna Iakovlenko provided an overview of Ukrainian art through the lens of violence, emphasizing the role of Ukrainian artists in the socio-political and cultural struggle against tyranny.
|"Difficult to Settle" Refugees in Post-War Trieste||Seminars and Colloquia||Ayşe ÇağlarPamela Ballinger||
Speakers: Ayşe ÇağlarPamela Ballinger
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
As the principal city of a border region long imagined as straddling Europe’s East-West divide, Trieste became a critical hub in the post-1945 landscape of European refugee relief. Under Anglo-American Allied Military Government until 1954 as a result of the protracted territorial dispute between Italy and Yugoslavia, the city remained an important transit point for persons displaced out of the newly established socialist states of Central and Eastern Europe well into the 1960s.
|Can Europe Create Peace?||Panels and Discussions||Karolina WiguraMasha GessenPhilipp TherClaudia Gamon, Eric Frey||
Series: Panels and Discussions
The war in Ukraine has united the EU, but it is also brutally confronting us with very fundamental questions. It is a European war, and as such it lengthens the already long shadows of the violent twentieth century. What is our talk of “lasting peace” worth, when its intellectual foundations are being shaken, and our security is imperiled in the face of violence, displacement, and nuclear threat? Do European democracies need to arm themselves and confront external aggression, or do these policies undermine the EU’s aspiration as a peace project?
|Symposium "Charles Taylor's Questions"||Conferences and Workshops||
Series: Conferences and Workshops
Charles Taylor asks questions of a rare quality which go to the heart of things. They are inspiring in two ways, both intellectually and personally.
Taylor’s main questions are so closely interconnected that he is often seen as a philosopher driven by one quest only. Small wonder then, that trying to single out three questions is difficult, as one continually comes up against more equally central questions, connections, underpinnings or spheres, in which a question takes on a new form. We had to weave those aspects, which we know are connected to these three. The three questions represented three areas of Taylors interest and engagement: philosophy, religion and secularism, politics and the political. His interests in multiculturalism, language and the ambiguities of modernity would also deserve individual panels but were discussed in the given frame.
His questions and ours were daunting as they are existential. Conversations, be they in writing and asynchronously or in shared space and time synchronously, are intellectually and personally enriching experiences.
|To be in Contact with the World||Social and Networking Events||Charles TaylorMisha GlennyRajeev Bhargava, Hartmut Rosa, Elisabeth von Thadden||
Series: Social and Networking Events
Charles Taylor, one of the outstanding philosophers of our age, turned 90 on November 5, 2021. Taylor has been closely associated with the Institute for Human Sciences for more than three decades. His life and work have always been inseparably bound up with one another. He is a scholar, a committed citizen, and a public intellectual. Many researchers owe him an immense debt of gratitude being the intellectual inspiration behind their own work and, most importantly, for his generosity and charming esprit. Rajeev Bhargava and Hartmut Rosa, two of Taylor’s long time intellectual companions, honored his work and personality.
|Typology and Principles of Regional Integration in Comparative Perspective||Seminars and Colloquia||Clemena AntonovaMario Apostolov||
The end of the ideological Cold War divisions created a cheery sentiment of renewed unity in Europe and the world, with chances for development for all. As the stability of the bipolar structure vanished, strengthening regional integration entities seemed to become the bricks for the new organizational edifice of world society.
At first, this vision was substantiated by countries coming together in various regional groupings, led by pragmatic interest, overcoming age-old perceptions of neighbours typically fighting each other. Several types of regions formed: a top-down integration as in the European Union and its institutions; a bottom-up expansion of regional supply chains as in East Asia; the more limited approach of free trade agreements as in USMCA; or simply regions without regionalism. This talk will look for common principles underpinning the various efforts at regional integration, such as the joint pursuit of peace and economic development, assistance to laggards, etc., building on existing theories (Neofunctionalism, New Regionalism and Comparative Regionalism), trying to go beyond.
|“Self-Organization” as Ukraine’s New Culture of Civic Engagement||Panels and Discussions||Kateryna IakovlenkoKatherine YoungerEmily Channell-Justice||
A key element of Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests of 2013-2014 was “self-organization,” the idea that if someone has the ability to do something, and that thing needs to be done, the person should simply do it - a clear shift from a Soviet-era mentality of reliance on state institutions to meet people’s needs. This presentation explores the development of self-organization during Euromaidan, its role in later protest movements, and its contribution to reconceptualizing the state.
|Patient Earth: The Rise and Fall of Globalization||Lecture||Ivan VejvodaJeremy Adelman||
This lecture was a short history of globalization, examining its origins in the 1970s to its legacies. With the world decomposing into pieces, it is tempting to look back on the last forty years as a short-lived convergence in a long history of fragmentation and failed efforts to assemble a cooperative whole out of the world’s competitive parts. The lecture asked: can a global history of the present reveal a different unity or even new integrative concepts among the splinters of globalization? From what Charles Taylor once called “deep diversity” can we find the coordinates for shared ways of belonging to one planet, beyond the prevailing narratives of dread and existential threat?