|Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conference Summer 2021||Conferences and Workshops||Ayşe ÇağlarEzgican ÖzdemirIryna SklokinaJan VanaJul TirlerKatherine YoungerKrystof DolezalMarci ShoreMariia HupaloMykhailo MartynenkoKate Younger, Rosario Forlenza, Dagmar Fink, Oley Kindiy, Costas Constantinou||
Speakers: Ayşe ÇağlarEzgican ÖzdemirIryna SklokinaJan VanaJul TirlerKatherine YoungerKrystof DolezalMarci ShoreMariia HupaloMykhailo MartynenkoKate Younger, Rosario Forlenza, Dagmar Fink, Oley Kindiy, Costas Constantinou
Series: Conferences and Workshops
The Junior Visiting Fellows' Conference is a bi-annual event at the Institute for Human Sciences that gives the Junior Fellows to present their work and research in a day-long conference. A traditional, semester-closing, celebration of the talented young researchers that is as old as the Institute itself, is always organized by the Junior Fellows themselves and usually includes Senior Fellows, Staff members and Alumni among others as commentators and discussants.
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|The Sociological Truth of Fiction||Seminars and Colloquia||Jan VanaKapka KassabovaLudger Hagedorn||
Social scientists often refer to literary fiction as a source of inspiration, social understanding, and deep insights into the “Zeitgeist” or “episteme”. In passing, they often subsume literature into conceptual frameworks, approaching it as “fictional” data to be translated or converted into “factual” scholarly discourse. This presentation tried to develop an epistemological-theoretical model which treats novels as allies endowed with their own agency – not passive objects to be gutted by sociological theory.
|Junior Visiting Fellows' Conference Winter 2020||Conferences and Workshops|
|A New World (Dis-)Order||Panels and Discussions||Timothy SnyderLubomir Zaoralek, Dagmar Rychnovská||
Speakers: Timothy SnyderLubomir Zaoralek, Dagmar Rychnovská
Series: Panels and Discussions
The Czech Embassy in Vienna, in cooperation with the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) generously supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, invited for an evening discussion at the Czech Embassy in Vienna. The debate addressed the growing geopolitical insecurity and the new challenges posed by the global pandemic.
|Social and Ecological Movements in “Apocalyptic Times”||Seminars and Colloquia||Adam RamsayLudger HagedornMatyáš Křížkovský||
Ecological discourses are in upheaval once again. After the 2018 IPCC report made clear that the timeframe to avoid the worst scenarios is rapidly shrinking, new societal groups have taken the streets. Discerning different strategies for social transformation and their respective relations to utopian/dystopian ecological imaginaries, the paper outlines three ideal types of social movements. This framework is then used to analyse Extinction Rebellion as the best known and most revolutionary newcomer – but also the most controversial, even for many ecological activists. What are the promises and possible dangers of this new attempt to revolutionize ecological issues?
|Kidnapped from Nazism, or the Greek Tragedy of Central Europe||Seminars and Colloquia||Aspen BrintonLudger HagedornTomáš KordaVlasta Kordová||
The paper recalls the essay The Tragedy of Central Europe, written by the Czech novelist Milan Kundera. Vlasta Kordova and Tomas Korda criticize the unhistorical cold-war image of the West that Kundera employs. In his reading, the Second World War just did not take place. They do not mean this objection as an external critique. Since why should someone be interested in Kundera’s omission, after all. They mean their criticism as immanent in the sense that ignoring the WWII, as the “truth” and result of the severe nationalism that was then spread across the continent, precludes the very possibility to apprehend the moral equality or equal legitimacy of the “socialist” East and the “capitalist” West. Since a tragic collision of two powers is set up only by their equal essentiality, Kundera cannot grasp the tragical dimension of the Cold War, and Central Europe respectively. Underpinned by the WWII and thereby elevated into the genuine Greek tragedy, the Cold War cannot know any victors, losers or pure victims and, moreover, both powers of equal essentiality must experience their own respective demise.
|1989 in a Day||Panels and Discussions||Aleksandra GłosAndrzej WaskiewiczHolly CaseIvan VejvodaKateryna RubanPhilipp TherVolodymyr KulykErhard Busek, Vuk Velebit, Ralf Beste, Dagmar Rychnovská, Georgi Pirinski, Jana Tsoneva, Jennifer Bergerova, Victor Neumann, Raluca Alexandrescu||
Speakers: Aleksandra GłosAndrzej WaskiewiczHolly CaseIvan VejvodaKateryna RubanPhilipp TherVolodymyr KulykErhard Busek, Vuk Velebit, Ralf Beste, Dagmar Rychnovská, Georgi Pirinski, Jana Tsoneva, Jennifer Bergerova, Victor Neumann, Raluca Alexandrescu
Series: Panels and Discussions
This is a series of conversations spanning various Eastern and Central European societies between someone, who was an active participant, or a close observer, of an event on a crucial date in 1989, and a person, who was still very young in 1989. Both speakers will start with personal reflections that will be followed by a debate about the relevance of this date/event today.
|Which Future for Democracy in a Post-political Age||Panels and Discussions||Chantal MouffePavel Barsa||
The lecture analyzed the current conjuncture in Western liberal democracies and the reasons for the increasing success of right-wing populist movements. It elaborated the thesis that the only way to fight against those movements is to develop left populist alternatives. Specifically, it shall be argued that it is a lack of understanding for the dynamics of politics and the role of affects in the formation of collective identities that explains the failure of social democratic parties in offering an appropriate answer to the right-wing populist challenge.
|The Future of Work||Panels and Discussions||Ludger HagedornRobert SkidelskyMichal Pechoucek||
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. With his characteristic attention to the subtleties of the human condition, Robert Skidelsky offers a challenging account of what it means to pursue the good life in the age of the machines.