|Transforming Care: Connecting Normative and Political Problems in the Analysis of Care||Seminars and Colloquia||Rossella Ciccia||
Speakers: Rossella Ciccia
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
The covid-19 crisis has exposed the limitations of current approaches to care, but political reforms struggle to gain momentum and fundamental changes to care systems are hampered by long-term structural conditions, disinvestment and political fragmentation.
This lecture argues that to transform the social organization of care we need to rethink care from a multiple inequality perspective that links the needs and rights of those providing and receiving care.
|As the West Goes to War, Crafting Peace Today||Panels and Discussions||Paula BanerjeeRanabir SamaddarMarcello Musto, Sandro Mezzadra||
Series: Panels and Discussions
As Europe, broadly the West, goes to war and the media grimly predicts a third world war, this panel discussion asks pertinent questions about the meaning of this war for the working people of the world and in particular the rest of the world. The 'third' world or the 'global south' has historically been crucial in the construction of Europe as the dominant and civilized other. What are the geopolitical implications of the present war in Europe for the rest of the world? How does this war hinder the prospect of global peace and people’s security? What is the impact of the war on food security, energy security, and in general security of nations? Is there any necessity for the weaker and smaller nations and the working people to take side in the war? Must they support military alliances? Is this war, which includes weaponised policies of economic sanctions and discriminatory policies of protection of refugees, essential to save “democracy”? What, in fact, will be the definition of peace in this context? How can we articulate the politics of peace in this time?
|Vienna meets Prague||-||Festivals||
Vom 21.-24. April 2022 wird im Rahmen von Vienna meets Prague wieder tschechische Kunst und Kultur in Wien präsentiert. Unter dem Motto Praha//cross over bietet das Kulturfestival in Kooperation mit der Botschaft der Tschechischen Republik, dem Tschechischen Zentrum und dem Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen ein Programm des grenzübergreifenden und interdisziplinären Dialogs. Hauptspielstätte ist das Architekturzentrum Wien im Museumsquartier.
|Reporting on the War in Ukraine||Panels and Discussions||Katherine YoungerNataliya Gumenyuk|
|The “Migrant” in the Middle: How the Struggle for Decolonization and the Struggle against Fascism Are Linked||Seminars and Colloquia||Ayşe ÇağlarGregory Feldman||
Speakers: Ayşe ÇağlarGregory Feldman
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
The “migrant” – as the figure outside the polity – stands at the intersection of two global struggles: that of decolonization and that against fascism. An emancipatory politics for all involved will remain elusive until 1) the link between these two struggles is clarified; and 2) those structurally aligned with the category of “white citizen” realize that they, too, are impoverished by the dehumanization of the Other. This paper firstly explains how fascism is baked into modern sovereign power beginning with Hobbes’s Leviathan and fully expressed in Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. By fascism, I mean the inclination of an atomized and insecure national-cum-racial majority to form homogenous mass movements that regard the state with suspicion and that targets all others as existential threats. The paper secondly argues that this sovereign arrangement also diminishes the “white citizen” in the majority because that person must sacrifice their own perspective to find safety in conformity, but at the expense of becoming monstrous versions of themselves as they support a politics of oppression. Dismantling fascism’s enabling logic corresponds to decolonization as both struggles necessarily question the basis of modern politics: the atomized individual. The paper, then, draws on Frantz Fanon and James Baldwin who, each in their own way, outline an alternative (and more realistic) political subject that is both inherently related to others and utterly unique in its own worldly perspective. However fleetingly, this subject is poised for an alternative sovereign action premised upon the fact of human plurality rather than myth of national-cum-racial homogeneity.
|Idealism and Capitalism: Two Sides of the Beginnings of Private Higher Education in the Czech Republic||Seminars and Colloquia||Ludger HagedornMilada Polišenská||
The lecture will focus on the origins and early years of private colleges in the Czech Republic. Polišenská’s earlier research on this topic will be supplemented by the findings in the framework of her Fellowship investigating the impact of underground universities on the post-communist transformation of tertiary education in Czechia. The private higher education in Czechia, preconditioned by the collapse of Communism, was part of the post-communist transformation and was impacted by the dynamic international changes in higher education in the late 1990s and by the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU in 2004.
|Denial, Ignorance and Wilful Unknowing: The Episteme of the Israeli Occupation||Seminars and Colloquia||Merav AmirMieke Verloo||
To the external onlooker, a puzzling predicament plagues Israeli politics. While the majority of Jewish-Israelis state that they support reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians abiding by the two-state solution, this public still has been repeatedly electing leaders who oppose reaching such an agreement for over two decades to date. Most often, this apparent anomaly is explained through the disillusion of Jewish-Israelis from the peace process, which has swayed the Israeli electoral power towards nationalistic hardliners. However, a more fundamental change has occurred in this period, rendering the question of the position of the Jewish-Israeli electorate towards peace obsolete. Accordingly, Jewish-Israelis are increasingly becoming ignorant regarding the causes fueling regional hostilities: that Israel maintains an occupation, and that Israel is holding millions of Palestinians as occupied subjects under a military rule. This talk explored the political technologies and discursive strategies through which this ignorance has been induced, and how the politico-spatiality of the occupied Palestinian territory has so successfully been eradicated from the collective Israeli consciousness. Through this analysis Merav Amir demonstrated that this epistemic reshaping has not only reconfigured the geography of the Israeli polity for this public, but has also warped the region’s political time, and disrupted the State’s own political trajectory, as it bestows the (presumed) future eventuality onto the present.
|Years that Changed the Face of Europe: 1989 and 2022||Exhibition||Dariusz StolaKatherine YoungerLudger HagedornTimothy Garton Ash||
In his talk, Timothy Garton Ash reflected upon the years 1989 and 2022 as dramatic events that “change the face of Europe for ever,” as the title of his Guardian column put it. The presentation was followed by a discussion with Polish historian Dariusz Stola (like Garton Ash a member of the IWM’s Board) and IWM Permanent Fellow Ludger Hagedorn. The event was moderated by IWM Permanent Fellow Katherine Younger.
|How Does - And How Should - The EU Tell Europe’s Story to the World?||Panels and Discussions||Ivan VejvodaJulia De Clerck-SachsseLuuk van MiddelaarNathalie Tocci||
Series: Panels and Discussions
In addition to the battlefield, today’s confrontation of alternative ideologies is increasingly playing out in the realm of words. States and non-state actors alike routinely use disinformation and ‘alternative facts’ to sow confusion, breed fear, and undermine trust. In this brave new world, a compelling narrative will be paramount for the survival of the European project. How can the European Union best tell its story in these difficult times?
|Governance of Forced Migration in South Asia||Seminars and Colloquia||Ayşe ÇağlarSabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury||
Speakers: Ayşe ÇağlarSabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
The world has been witnessing frequent mixed and massive flows of population in the recent times, when refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants on the move together can hardly be differentiated. The New York Declaration 2016, and its two Global Compacts—the “Global Compact on Refugees” (GCR) and the “Global Compact on Safe Orderly and Regular Migration” (GCM)—raised expectations for better governance of international human migration by committingitself to securing the rights and protection of refugees and migrants in the context of human rights discourse and working toward sustainable development. But even this laudable initiative seems to have been triggered specifically by Europe’s reaction to its 2015 “crisis” and the disconcerting images that circulated as migrants and refugees from different parts of the world crossed the Mediterranean to reach European shores, with many perishing in the sea.