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IWMPost - the IWM Magazine
The magazine IWMpost reports on the activities of the Institute and offers original contributions by its fellows and guests. IWMpost is published two times a year and sent to subscribers free of charge.
- IWMpost 130: Ancient Help for Modern Problems
The second issue of IWMpost in the fortieth year of the IWM is intended to provide insight into the broad disciplinary and thematic range of research conducted at the institute.
Philosophical essays are at the center of the issue. Fraenkel discusses the relevance of ancient Greek philosophy for the present, focusing on Aristotle’s conception of the good life. Zawisza draws attention to the importance of the kabbalistic vision of Creation for a political theology of the West. And Barzilay problematizes changes in the political and historical understanding of humanity in view of the climate and nuclear crises. The critical implications of gender and (de-)coloniality in contemporary knowledge production are the subject of Kaiser-Trujillo’s and Dube’s epistemological essays.
- IWMpost 129: European Boundaries and Divides
We intended to celebrate – IWMpost 129 was to contain a supplement for the fortieth anniversary of the IWM. However, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, we no longer felt like celebrating. Thus, we decided to dedicate the supplement to Ukraine instead. The guiding maxim of the supplement’s editor, Permanent Fellow Kate Younger: If we want to understand what is at stake in Ukraine today, not only for Ukrainians but for all of us, the only place to start is to listen to Ukrainians. With the exceptions of Timothy Snyder and the editor herself, all contributions to the supplement are penned by former or current fellows of the program Ukraine in European Dialogue. The creators of the photographs and artwork illustrating the articles are also from Ukraine.
From the originally envisaged anniversary supplement, we decided to include in the regular issue only the focus on “European boundaries and divides.” Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev and Volodymyr Yermolenko address the question of Europe’s borders against the backdrop of the war, each from a different perspective. Jacques Rupnik and Maria Todorova, for their part, discuss the relevance of two categories that enjoyed great prominence in the first post-socialist decade: “Central Europe” and “the Balkans.” Finally, Basil Kerski’s essay points to the often neglected transnational and European dimension of the Solidarność movement.
- IWMpost 128: Statelessness
Statelessness—a status of fundamental rightlessness and unprotectedness encompassing ever larger populations in the South and the North—is the central focus of the present IWMpost issue. A workshop on "Sites of Statelessness" held in September 2021 at the IWM marked the beginning of an intensive engagement with the problem of statelessness by the Europe Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration (a joint project of the IWM and the Calcutta Research Group), which promises to yield innovative insights.
- IWMpost 127: History and Memory
“History and memory” make up the central focus of this issue. Robert Skidelsky illustrates how questions of interpretation and positionality have pushed the claim of objective reconstruction of the past into the background in the mainstream understanding of history. His essay provided the inspiration for the cover of this issue which shows a statue of King Leopold II of Belgium in Ghent that was smeared with red paint and removed just as the country was about to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congo's independence. The other essays in this focus address the official politics of memory (Sergei Medvedev, Nikolai Antoniadis), the difficulty but also the need to confront the unpleasant aspects of one's own past (Teresa Reiter, Jerko Bakotin), the problems of critical historians in authoritarian regimes (Felix Ackermann) and the function of memorial sites and monuments (Iryna Sklokina).
Other contributions shed light on the severe consequences of the pandemic among socially vulnerable groups such as migrants and prisoners (Giorgia Donà, Paula Banarjee, Eric Reinhart), address contemporary capitalism (Branco Milanovic, Mariana Mazzucato, Albena Azmanova, Pedro Perfeito da Silva), deal with current challenges to liberalism (Judy Dempsey, Michael Igantieff) and Russia's and China's relationship to the West and the international order (Volha Biziukova, Thomas Eder), and honor Marcin Król, a long-time friend of the IWM who sadly passed away last November (Ivan Vejvoda, Marci Shore, Tim Snyder).
- IWMpost 126: Democracy in Question
This issue considers "Democracy in Question", looking at the future of democracy with articles from Ruth Wodak, Wolfgang Merkel, and Till van Rahden. Our Rector, Shalini Randeria and Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder write on healthcare and politics. Protest movements in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine are considered as well as a focus on migration and border politics, including articles by IWM Permanent Fellow Ayşe Cağlar and Amade M’charek
- IWMpost 125: Is it Tomorrow Yet?
In this issue Ivan Krastev considers how we can learn to live with the unthinkable. Ranabir Samaddar and Jiří Přibáň address the coronavirus pandemic. Eva Illouz writes on Social Demoracy and Capitalism and Laura Engelstein delves into the recurrent issue of Antismeitism.