|The Ratline - From Vienna and Back, with Love, Lies and Justice||Lecture||Ivan VejvodaPhilippe Sands||
Speakers: Ivan VejvodaPhilippe Sands
To mark the publication of the English language version of The Ratline, which follows his prize-winning book East West Street, Philippe Sands explored the ideas that underpin his new work, an account of the lives of Otto von Wächter, an Austrian SS Gruppenführer indicted for mass murder, and his wife Charlotte, from the moment they met Vienna in April 1929 to his unexpected death in Rome in 1949. The lecture was built around a set of deeply personal stories that explore the role of justice, the legacy of memory across generations, and the impulses that generate our search for truth.
|Buchpräsentation: Migration und Staatsbürgerschaft||Panels and Discussions||Rainer Bauböck, Gerd Valchars, Nina Horaczek, Heinz Mayer||
Speakers: Rainer Bauböck, Gerd Valchars, Nina Horaczek, Heinz Mayer
Series: Panels and Discussions
|The German Elections and Europe's Future||Panels and Discussions||Ivan VejvodaOlivia LazardValbona ZeneliZoran NechevRoderick Parkes||
Series: Panels and Discussions
|Europe's Futures Colloquium||Seminars and Colloquia||Ivan VejvodaSoli ÖzelValbona Zeneli||
The Transatlantic relationship between Europe and the United States is being challenged in a variety of ways. The situation in Southeastern Europe and Turkey adds to this complexity but also opens alleys for cooperation. Foreign malign influence is growing in the candidate-countries of the Western Balkans, highlighting the vacuum and the economic, security and environmental risks created after the recent “deepening-before-widening [of the European Union]” policy shift that has put the accession processes on hold. In the immediate vicinity, Turkey has been going through cycles of internal and external conflicts that have further strained relations with the European Union already damaged by the effective removal of Turkey’s accession prospects. This session offered detailed insight and expert views from two of 2021-22 Europe’s Futures Fellows, Valbona Zeneli and Soli Özel. In a conversation facilitated by Ivan Vejvoda, they examined the routes for the Western Balkans’ candidate-countries to be drawn closer – and in - to the European Union, as well as the likely scenarios for future political developments in Turkey.
|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.
|Emma Goldman Awards Ceremony||Other||
The IWM is 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.
After a welcome by Ivan Vejvoda, acting rector of the IWM, the programme starts with two speeches. Agata Lisiak, former junior Fellow at the IWM and professor at Bard College Berlin, will talk on “Recalcitrant: Emma Goldman, Rosa Luxemburg, and the politics of waywardness”.
She is followed by a keynote Speech by professor Akwugo Emejulu, one of the inaugural Emma Goldman awardees, on “The Lonely Activist”.
The award ceremony is twofold, starting with presenting the seven 2020 Emma Goldman Snowball awardees, who had no earlier chance for a celebration due to COVID restrictions, and the seven new 2021 Emma Goldman awardees.
|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.