|Democracy - A Fragile Way of Life||Lecture||Shalini RanderiaTill van Rahden||
Democracy - A Fragile Way of Life
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 recent studies on how democracy dies, Till van Rahden argued that it might prove more useful to explore what keeps it alive. A fruitful point of departure is the insight that democracy is not only a matter of elections and political parties, constitutions and parliaments, but is grounded in democratic experiences. The attention is less on how democratic government works, but on what equality, freedom, and justice feel like. A focus on democratic forms and aesthetics allows us to revisit the cultural and social foundations of democracy. No matter how stable a democracy may seem, it will wither and perish without ways of life that allow for and encourage democratic experiences.
|What is the outlook for EU enlargement in the Western Balkans?||Panels and Discussions||Ioannis ArmakolasIvan VejvodaSrdjan Cvijic||
What is the outlook for EU enlargement in the Western Balkans?
The state of play in the Western Balkans shows signs of political deterioration. There is uncertainty over opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, whilst those already open with Serbia and Montenegro progress sluggishly. Implementation of the Prespa Agreement is slow and the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia is at a standstill. Overall, it is not a very promising picture even without the growth of popular frustration. Is the European Union awakening to the need for a more robust engagement in the Western Balkans?
|The Universe behind Barbed Wire||Panels and Discussions||Katherine YoungerTimothy SnyderMyroslav Marynovych||
The Universe behind Barbed Wire
In the 1970s, the notion of human rights transformed the landscape of dissent in the Soviet Union. Buoyed by the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975, dissidents embraced this new framework, holding the Soviet regime to account and asserting their right to live in such a way that their outer conduct reflected their inner convictions. The regime found this new challenge to the worldview it sought to impose on its citizens deeply threatening and responded with harsh repressive measures, including the arrest of many of the movement's leaders.
|History of the Shoah and Politics of History in Post-Communist Lithuania||Lecture||Christoph DieckmannMarci ShoreViktoras Bachmetjevas||
History of the Shoah and Politics of History in Post-Communist Lithuania
History has become a deeply contentious topic in the post-communist space, particularly with regard to World War II, Communism, and Nationalism. Memories are not static, and our increasing historical knowledge is embedded within a dynamic contemporary context. This means that both history and the politics of history are developing and changing. Christoph Dieckmann, one of the leading historians of the German occupation in Lithuania, shared his experiences and impressions of the politics of history in Eastern Europe from the perspective of a German historian.
|Fleeing and Staying||Lecture||Meghna Guhathakurta, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury||
Fleeing and Staying
Speakers: Meghna Guhathakurta, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury
This lecture was part of CRG’s proposed research on the Fifty Years of the Liberation of Bangladesh as well as its research programme on Migration and Forced Migration Studies supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna and several other universities and institutions and universities in India.
|Europe and Russia After the Liberal World Order||Seminars and Colloquia||Timofei Bordachev||
Europe and Russia After the Liberal World Order
Speakers: Timofei Bordachev
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
The relationship between Europe and Russia after the end of the Cold War emerged within the rules and practices of the Liberal World Order. This order was based on certain universal freedoms and global American leadership and ultimate power dominance. Recently it has been under stress, and now there are serious reasons to believe that it is coming to an end, under pressure from a change in the global composition of powers. Both Russia and Europe are looking for new roles within changing international politics.
|Trojanow trifft: Michael Kegler||Panels and Discussions||Ilija TrojanowMichael Kegler||
Trojanow trifft: Michael Kegler
Der Übersetzer Michael Kegler hat gerade ein Mammutwerk abgeschlossen: Mit Sonntage ohne Gott ist der fünfte und letzte Teil des Roman-Zyklus Vorläufige Hölle erschienen, mit dem Luiz Ruffato (*1961) brasilianische Literaturgeschichte geschrieben hat. Ein vielstimmiger, zerrissener Chor aus zahllosen Einzelstimmen erzählt vom Leben in Brasilien aus der Sicht von Arbeitern, Besitzlosen, Entrechteten. Ein Gespräch mit dem Übersetzer sowie Ausschnitte aus dem Werk.
|The Hijack||Panels and Discussions||Ivan KrastevMarci ShoreSlawomir SierakowskiTimothy SnyderViktoras BachmetjevasFiona Hill, Martin Malek, Francois Heisbourg||
Speakers: Ivan KrastevMarci ShoreSlawomir SierakowskiTimothy SnyderViktoras BachmetjevasFiona Hill, Martin Malek, Francois Heisbourg
Series: Panels and Discussions
On 23 May, a Belarusian fighter plane intercepted Ryanair 4978 and forced the European commercial airliner to land in Minsk. The reporter Roman Protasevich (26), known for his coverage of pro-democracy protests, was then abducted by Belarusian authorities, along with the student Sofia Sapega (23). How can reporters be protected against the use of military force by dictators? And how should the EU react to the state hijacking of an aircraft bound from one EU capital to another? Given Russia’s dominant role in Belarus, might it bear responsibility?
|Revisiting the Social History of Ethnic Violence in Rwanda||Lecture||Ayşe ÇağlarGiorgia Donà, Erin Jessee||
Revisiting the Social History of Ethnic Violence in Rwanda
Speakers: Ayşe ÇağlarGiorgia Donà, Erin Jessee
In this lecture, Prof. Doná revisited the social history of ethnic violence in Rwanda by focusing on marginalized voices. She introduced the constellation of genocide narratives to conceptualize the relationship between public and personal narratives of violence and its legacy and to identify connections among varied stories. This chronicle from below challenges a social history of almost totalizing violence to speak of continuity, embeddedness and the everyday. In doing so, it problematizes the narrative of ruptures between the “old” (pre-genocide) and “new” (post-genocide) reality; challenges the overlap of ethnic and social identities; and records the complex legacy of ethnic violence, as an event and as narrative, on the social and narrative lives of the nation and its people.
|30 Debata Tischnerowska||Panels and Discussions||Agata Bielik-Robson, Timothy Garton Ash, Dariusz Stola||
30 Debata Tischnerowska
Speakers: Agata Bielik-Robson, Timothy Garton Ash, Dariusz Stola
Series: Panels and Discussions
Debaty Tischnerowskie przez wiele lat prowadził prof. Marcin Król - historyk idei, filozof i publicysta, jeden z najbardziej wpływowych polskich intelektualistów ostatnich dekad. Odszedł od nas w 2020 r., ale pozostawił nam zapisy swych przemyśleń – liczne książki i artykuły. Dlatego najbliższą, trzydziestą już Debatę, poświęcimy aktualności myśli Marcina Króla. Do rozmowy na ten temat zaprosiliśmy troje wybitnych uczonych: Agatę Bielik-Robson, Timothy Garton Asha i Aleksandra Smolara; ich dyskusję poprowadzi Dariusz Stola.