|Ukraine and the Future of Europe||Conferences and Workshops||Ivan VejvodaKatherine YoungerTimothy Garton Ash||
As Ukrainians resist the Russian assault on their country, they speak powerfully of defending the principles and values on which the European project rests, and of Ukraine's place in Europe. The war has opened an opportunity for the European Union to reaffirm its purpose, as not merely an economic union but a normative alliance. Will this moment of European unity and resolve lead to lasting change? What can Ukraine expect from Europe? And what can Europe learn from Ukraine?
|Tempering Power||Seminars and Colloquia||Adam SitzeLudger HagedornMartin Krygier||
The rule of law came to enjoy unprecedented acclaim after (and, it can be argued, directly because of) the collapse of communism in Europe. In recent decades, and throughout the world, there has likely been more said, paid, and promoted in its name than ever before. But quantity has not always gone together with quality. The rule of law has been the beneficiary of many more stale words than fresh thoughts. And today its aura has dimmed. Yet it is hugely important to think well about it and find better ways.
|Ideological Fluidity of Collective National Rights||Seminars and Colloquia||Adam SitzeOskar Mulej||
Conferring collective rights to various kinds of subnational groups has been and remains a controversial subject. A legal device for empowering ethnic and other minorities, collective rights may also present a solid challenge for liberal polities and are often perceived as potentially encroaching on individual liberty, legal equality, as well as national sovereignty.
|Benefizabend mit Andrej Kurkow||Other||Andrei Kurkov|
|The Limits of Migration Control||Lecture||Dariusz StolaIvan VejvodaRanabir Samaddar||
Thanks to a historically unprecedented system of police control, transnational mobility from European communist states is probably the best documented social phenomenon of its kind and a unique experiment in the limits of the state control of mobility. This lecture presented some of the conclusions of Stola’s research project on migrations from communist Poland. These migrations underwent a marked evolution, from the movement of millions of people in the 1940s; to almost nil under the non-exit policy of the early 1950s; to the reemergence and gradual expansion of transnational mobility, especially within the Soviet bloc, between 1956 and 1980; to mass population flows in the late 1980s. Each trip outside the bloc, and indeed each trip abroad for most of the duration of communist rule, required applying for a permit from the Security Service. This procedure resulted in an archival collection of passport files that fills some 60 kilometers of shelf space. Despite the constraints, more than two million people eventually left Poland for good, and temporary movements occurred on a mass scale, pioneering forms of mobility that continued well after 1989. This lecture shed light on the key factors and currents of migration in communist Poland, as well as the evolution of the migration regime, from early imitation of the Soviet model to its eventual implosion.
|The ‘Authoritarian International’||Seminars and Colloquia||Ludger HagedornMartin KrygierRicardo Pagliuso Regatieri||
Ricardo Regatieri offered a Zeitdiagnose of the contemporary world focusing on lies and conspiracy theories in the age of internet, and showed how the political and communicational environment has been fertile for the rise of far-right wing leaders, parties and movements on the global level. Following that, he presented five key elements of bolsonarismo, pointing out its political rhetoric and practical consequences. He proposed that Bolsonaro and bolsonarismo can only be properly understood when considered in the intersection between global tendencies and local drivers.
|War in Europe – Again||Panels and Discussions||Dariusz StolaIvan VejvodaSerhii PlokhiiChristine Ockrent, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook||
Series: Panels and Discussions
Diplomatic efforts between the US, Europe and Russia have failed dismally. Russia has invaded Ukraine, a sovereign European nation, with a massive military onslaught. An independent European country is being subjected to an attempt at recolonization. The world order created after 1989 has been disrupted and Europe is on the back foot. Europe and the United States are responding through sanctions and support to Ukraine. Some are calling this “Putin’s war”. How far will Russia go? Is the intent regime change in Kyiv? Is Ukraine the endgame? Will it end up in a quagmire with fierce civil resistance? Is the West’s response adequate to the challenge? Is this a second Cold War? And is Putin “isolating” Europe by strengthening his alliance with China? What is the future of Europe’s geopolitical promise of being a strategic actor?
|Digital Humanism||Lecture||Ludger HagedornNena MočnikHenriette Spyra, Hannes Werthner, Michael Wiesmüller||
|European Strategic Autonomy - What Now in the Western Balkans||Panels and Discussions||Ioannis Armakolas||
Speakers: Ioannis Armakolas
Series: Panels and Discussions
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a watershed moment for the European Union’s geopolitical ambitions. It also brings the Western Balkans back on the strategic map.
In this region in Europe, uncompleted reform processes, persisting socio-economic fragilities, ethnonational and bilateral issues and stalled EU accession perspectives have lastingly fuelled key vulnerabilities, which external actors, like Russia, have been keen on exploiting.
What is the impact, actual and potential, of the Russian war in Ukraine on the Western Balkans? How to align the enlargement policy with the EU’s crucial quest for strategic autonomy? What are Member states’ national perspectives on these important questions?
|The Future of Work: Is Artificial Intelligence a New Road to Serfdom?||Lecture||Robert Skidelsky||
Speakers: Robert Skidelsky
In contemporary discussions about the future of artificial intelligence we often lose our heads. While economists offer bleak predictions of mass job losses and a deepening of already widespread precarity, Silicon Valley utopians insist that new technologies are bringing us ever closer together and will one day deliver us from work, disease and poverty. But when human life is reduced to a set of rational processes waiting to be optimized, we risk losing sight of the irreducible quality of human experience. The talk shed new light on the dream of machinery and the entailed dichotomy of liberation versus control. With his characteristic attention to the subtleties of the human condition, Robert Skidelsky offered a challenging account of what it means to pursue the good life in the age of the machines.