|Red Platonism? Kazimir Malevich and Russian Religious Philosophy||Seminars and Colloquia||Clemena AntonovaTatiana Levina||
Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) is usually perceived as a revolutionary and iconoclast. His position is often presented in the light of Communism or Leninism. Several researchers have argued that Malevich’s “new theology” developed from glorifying God into extolling Lenin. Tatiana Levina started her talk with analysing Malevich’s “Cult of Lenin” and present his ideas on the Communist leader. She juxtaposed these with the metaphysical ideas he discusses in his tractate on Suprematism and showed his position within the circle of the Russian religious philosophy instead. Malevich’s intellectual parallels with religious philosophers Pavel Florensky (1882-1937), Sergey Bulgakov (1871-1944), and many others were the main focus of her talk. He has not usually been perceived as a worshipper of the divine, and she showed his way of glorifying God relying on Meister Eckhart’s negative theology and Gregory Palamas’s hesychasm. His revolutionary rhetoric during the first years of the Communist state, rather, served as an appeal to platonism and idealism.
|Olga Tokarczuk: Literatur als Gedächtnis und Erinnerung||Lecture||Olga Tokarczuk, Martin Pollack, Steffi Krautz, Markus Meyer||
Speakers: Olga Tokarczuk, Martin Pollack, Steffi Krautz, Markus Meyer
Die Nobelpreisträgerin Olga Tokarczuk war in Wien. Mit Martin Pollack hat sie über die Bedeutung von Mythen und Parabeln gesprochen sowie über die Fähigkeit der Literatur, eine andere Dimension der Welt zu erschließen. Begleitet wurde das Gespräch von einer szenischen Lesung vorgetragen von Steffi Kautz und Markus Meyer, eingerichtet von Anna Badora.
|Europe's Futures Colloquium||Seminars and Colloquia||Ivan VejvodaJanka OertelOlivia Lazard||
The European Union stands at a critical juncture in terms of the Green agenda. In a complex geopolitical environment it aims among other to externalise its Green Deal - the most advanced political and technical proposal to chart a path torward a regional climate transition. Key in this overall geopolitical environment is the question: how far is China ready to go forward on its recently stated commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2060 (President Xi Jinping’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2020). How can the EU's Green Agenda Go Global? How to best manage and mitigate the impact of China’s new role as a competitor also on the green transition? What does the European Union need to do to project its vision and values on these issues?
|The Afghan Crisis Reconsidered||Seminars and Colloquia||Ludger HagedornNergis CanefePaula Banerjee||
When the U.S. government announced its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Afghan government folded, the president abandonend his people and the army surrendered to the Taliban. Many people, including the U.S. president looked askance at this development. Banerjee argues that such a development was hardly surprising. When the U.S. attacked Afghanistan, it was to create a client state that would protect U.S. interests, not those of Afghanistan or its neighbours. In fact, the nascent process of nation-building was halted. The US wanted to impose its values and most Afghans who went along with it did so out of self-interest. At best, the U.S. created a “creamy layer of collaborators” that in no way had deep rooted impact. When the U.S. left, there was nothing to hold the amorphous group together and they could not think of themselves as one nation. Many have fled, the others have surrendered to the Taliban, portraying clearly that it was never their war. Rather, it was another episode of the great game.
Nergis Canefe discussed the history of the Afghan refugee crisis that predates the withdrawal of the U.S. troops and the regional containment and redistribution of the dispossessed Afghan populations.
|Sites of Statelessness: Laws, Cities, Seas||-||Conferences and Workshops||Ayşe ÇağlarPaula BanerjeeRanabir SamaddarSabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury||
Series: Conferences and Workshops
"Sites of Statelessness: Laws, Cities, Seas" was a workshop on an edited volume (in the making) with the same title. It was being co-hosted with the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG) as part of the Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration.
The workshop brought together scholars to address the distinctive dynamics of the different sites of the production of statelessness. Different sites evoke different histories and repertoires. They also bring different possibilities of alignment of the problematic, which the volume aims to address. Each contributor to the volume was paired with a discussant, workshop participants joined both physically and online.
|Europe's Futures Colloquium||Seminars and Colloquia||Amanda CoakleyZoran Nechev||
The second Europe’s Futures Fellows Colloquium explored the impact of growing ultraconservatism and pro-natalist policies in Central Europe on women's reproductive rights. Furthermore, it scoped different perceptions of what strategic action by the European Union should or should not encompass and mapped different national understandings of EU’s actions in North Macedonia, Serbia and Albania in order to find out how these aspiring members can best position themselves vis-à-vis the EU.
|Belarus ein Jahr nach den Massenprotesten: Wie weiter?||Panels and Discussions||Ivan VejvodaLudger HagedornOlga Shparaga||
Im Sommer und Herbst 2020 erlebte Belarus die größten Massenproteste seiner Geschichte. Sie richteten sich gegen die manipulierten Präsidentschaftswahlen und das autokratische Regime von Aljaksandr Lukaschenka, der das Land seit 1994 regiert. Die Proteste erzeugten eine Aufbruchstimmung im ganzen Land und die Hoffnung auf politischen Wandel. Von der EU wird Lukaschenka seit den Wahlen nicht mehr als rechtmäßiger Staatspräsident anerkannt.
|Europe’s Futures Colloquium||Seminars and Colloquia||Oana Popescu-ZamfirWojciech Przybylski|
|Emma Goldman Awards Ceremony||Other||Agata LisiakAkwugo Emejulu||
Speakers: Agata LisiakAkwugo Emejulu
The IWM was proud to host the second Emma Goldman Awards ceremony, awarded since 2020 by the FLAX Foundation. These awards are given to talented and engaged scholars working on feminist and inequality issues in Europe, to support their research and development. The FLAX Foundation issues two types of awards: the Emma Goldman Awards and the Emma Goldman Snowball Awards for earlier-career researchers nominated by the Emma Goldman awardees.
|Polish Politics of Memory and Poetics of Unlived Future||Seminars and Colloquia||Justyna TabaszewskaTimothy Snyder||
Polish politics of memory has undergone significant change in the past several years, becoming more entrenched and preoccupied with projecting an image of Poland as the victim of successive historical catastrophes. At the same time, Polish politics relies increasingly more often on visions of happy “futures past” that are deeply rooted in Polish culture and builds social resentment by accusing subsequent social groups of squandering away chances for development. Therefore, it seems necessary to ask what are these versions of Polish alternate history embedded in Polish culture and in what way do they influence contemporary politics of memory?