|Wo sind die Grenzen unserer Freiheit?||Panels and Discussions||Wolfgang MerkelDorothee von Laer, Katharina Rogenhofer, Eric Frey, Veit Dengler||
Speakers: Wolfgang MerkelDorothee von Laer, Katharina Rogenhofer, Eric Frey, Veit Dengler
Series: Panels and Discussions
Die Corona-Pandemie stellt Politik und Gesellschaft in aller Welt vor die Frage, wie sehr individuelle Freiheiten im allgemeinen Interesse eingeschränkt werden dürfen. Die Impfpflicht verschärft diese Debatte noch weiter. Aber auch in der Klimakrise werden von Einzelnen oft schmerzhafte Einschnitte im persönlichen Lebensstil gefordert. Wie lässt sich das mit den Prinzipien einer liberalen Gesellschaft vereinbaren? Darüber diskutiert eine hochrangige Runde im Wiener Burgtheater am Sonntag, den 13. Februar, unter der Leitung von "Der Standard"-Redakteur Eric Frey.
|Digitized Migrants||Conferences and Workshops|
|Radka Denemarková: Stunden aus Blei||Lecture||Ludger HagedornRadka Denemarková||
Speakers: Ludger HagedornRadka Denemarková
Eine der erfolgreichsten und meistübersetzten tschechischen Autor*innen, Radka Denemarková, stellt in der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Literatur die deutschsprachige Ausgabe des Romans "Stunden aus Blei" vor. Dieser Roman, für den sie 2019 den tschechischen Magnesia Litera Preis in der Kategorie Buch des Jahres erhielt, erschien Anfang Jänner 2022 bei Hoffmann und Campe in der deutschen Übersetzung von Eva Profousová. Ludger Hagedorn (IWM) wird mit der Autorin ein Gespräch führen. Die Veranstaltung findet auf Deutsch statt.
|Everybody is so much now for democracy…||Exhibition||
In 1990, IWM organized the landmark conference Central Europe on the Way to Democracy, bringing together leading intellectuals and politicians from across Europe, North America and the Soviet Union to discuss Europe’s future prospects at a time of dramatic change. It was a remarkable event that drew great media attention and international visibility, organized in the premises of Vienna’s Palais Schwarzenberg. And it was a milestone in the history of IWM, crystallizing its mission of offering a space for discussions that transcend “any ideology, church, bureaucracy, or political party,” as founding rector Krzysztof Michalski put it in one of his interventions at the conference.
As the first of several activities planned for the 40th anniversary of IWM in 2022, the Institute will feature an in-house exhibition on the many faces and facets of this conference. Throughout the three day-event in June and July 1990, Viennese photographer Renate Apostel took black-and-white photos of its prominent guests, capturing panel discussions as well as informal conversations. Some of her most remarkable portraits and atmospheric photographic observations will be on display along the staircases throughout the IWM building. All photos are handmade prints on baryte paper, developed from the original negatives by Viennese photo artist Andrej Kasik.
|The Crisis of Liberal Democracy Today. Is Meritocracy to Blame?||Seminars and Colloquia||Ruzha SmilovaIvan Krastev||
The crisis of liberal democracy hardly makes the news today: so often has its imminent death been announced. Yet over the last 15 years organizations responsible for monitoring freedom and democracy in the world have reported a trend of globally declining quality of democracy. Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the pace of this trend has accelerated. Different hypotheses for what went wrong have been advanced.
|North Macedonia As A Test-Case For Europe’s Credibility||Panels and Discussions||Ivan VejvodaRuzha SmilovaZoran NechevNikola Dimitrov||
North Macedonia - after the historic Prespa Agreement reached with Greece in June 2018 - has been blocked from moving forward on its EU accession path from October 2019 by France and since last year by Bulgaria. Albania's EU fate is coupled to that of North Macedonia.
This issue has a broader significance for the EU enlargement policy as well as for the credibility of the EU as a peace project and for its declared geostrategic goals.
|Shifting Sands: The Lure of “Alignments a la Carte” and the True Meaning of “America is Back”||Lecture||Soli ÖzelIvan Krastev||
Because the Trump administration was such a harrowing experience for most European countries, for the EU itself and many others around the world the election of Joe Biden resulted in a deep sigh of relief. In power, Biden moved fast domestically and talked the good talk towards allies in various platforms. Yet, nearly ten months into his term Biden’s policies suggest a surprising degree of continuity with his immediate predecessor. He is also finally putting more substance into President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” strategy. In an age when the United States turns its attention and most of its resources to competing with China and containing Beijing’s ambition, what is Europe to do? In light of the American nonchalance about European allies, is the “strategic autonomy” championed by President Macron of France the way out? Should Europeans really choose between China and the US as Washington clearly wants them to? Would German disdain for claiming strategic leadership and the Europeans’ own complacency turn Europe into a geopolitical void?
The new era in international relations is full of surprises and fluidity. Nimble political reflexes and strategic will are of utmost importance. Will the EU deploy them where it can and must?
|Governing through Contradictions.||Seminars and Colloquia||Ayşe ÇağlarUlrike Flader||
Turkey is currently governed by a regime which blurs the line between authoritarian and democratic rule. While some authors tend to interpret this state as a moment of transition towards full authoritarianism, this paper argues that we should rather understand the coevalness of democratic and non-democratic practices as a deliberate and “cunning” mode of government, which we call soft authoritarian.
|Slavic Bazaar: Performances and Instrumentalizations of the Slavic discourse 1791 - 2017||Seminars and Colloquia||Katherine YoungerLudger HagedornTomáš Glanc||
The ideology of Slavic unity and reciprocity has been a crucial pattern of European thought and culture since the beginning of the 19th century, and it is still relevant today.
In his presentation, Tomáš Glanc will discuss the development, the teleology, and the typologies of this heterogeneous discourse. The talk will outline performative practices of “Slaventum” rich in contradictions, geopolitical phantasms and geopoetic fictions. Glanc will use examples from different disciplines such as literature, art, linguistics, but also referring to political essays, institutional history, and the history of gymnastics.
|The Post-Coloniality of Asylum Infrastructure||Seminars and Colloquia||Ayşe ÇağlarPaolo Novak||
Speakers: Ayşe ÇağlarPaolo Novak
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
This presentation takes as its object of analysis and investigation asylum seekers’ reception centres in a central Italian province. It builds upon literature concerned with the logistification of asylum to conceive these centres as nodes of the EU humanitarian border, yet it moves beyond the exclusive concern with the migrant-border dialectic that characterises most literature on the subject. In its attempt to dig deeper into the social ontology of the humanitarian border, the presentation de-centres the logistical gaze cast on asylum management characterising this literature by foregrounding instead the productive relation between the humanitarian border and the place-specific social dynamics that explain its emergence and reproduction in concrete settings. Accounting for the multiple and variegated histories, stories, agencies and trajectories that become entangled in the rooms of these reception centres, the paper argues that critical border scholars need to move beyond an exclusive concern with the border-migrant dialectic, and to reorient our attention towards an appreciation of borders’ place-specific configurations. In bringing to the fore the unevenness of these entanglements in each of these reception centres, the presentation also suggests recalibrating contemporary concerns with the coloniality of asylum, of migration, and of infrastructure. The expression ‘postcoloniality of asylum infrastructure’ wants to entangle colonial world-making legacies with everyday practices of place-making.