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Shivshankar Menon: The New Asian Geopolitics

In the last two decades, globalisation, rapid development and the rise of China and other emerging economies have moved the centre of gravity of the world politics and the economy to Asia. In this Geopolitical Talk, Ambassador Menon will consider the longer term drivers of this phenomenon and where they might take the geopolitics of Asia in the future.
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Jiří Přibáň: Imaginaries of Democracy and Dissent

In his monthly lecture Jiří Přibáň employes the contrast of the imaginaries of democracy and dissent to recover an idea of humanity beyond the human condition.
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The Architecture of Global Migration Politics

Panel Discussion with: Marian Benbow (IOM), Ayse Caglar (IWM), Christoph Pinter (UNHCR Austria) and Ruth Wodak (Lancaster University/Vienna University).Moderator: Luiza Bialasiewicz (University of Amsterdam)
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Brexit: Deal or No Deal? What’s next for Britain and the EU?

In June 2016, the majority of the British population voted in favour of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Since then, this decision has created enormous political waves within Great Britain – it has been in fact already termed as the biggest political crisis in the UK since World War II. It has also posed unprecedented challenges for the European Union – after years of enlargement. What will political and economic relations between Britain and the EU look like in the future and what are the implications for both sides? Foto: Christian Fischer
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Keith Krause: Between Predation and Protection

The talk explores the scope and dimensions of contemporary violence and insecurity, and detail the reasons for the persistent failure of some states to provide security and order as a public good for their citizens.
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Ranabir Samaddar: Statelessness in South Asia

The monthly lecture with Ranabir Samaddar shows why the international legal understanding of statelessness is inadequate to theorise the growing phenomenon of statelessness today.
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Robert John Sawers: Changing Politics and Geopolitics. What does it mean for Europe?

Geopolitical Talk with Robert John Sawers
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Aid in Times of Crisis, the Crisis of Aid

Aid is still regarded as an important instrument for human development, nationally and internationally. Yet, the nature of aid, its structuring and implementation has changed considerably in recent years. It has been increasingly integrated into the financial and economic system, giving rise to a thriving new industry dealing in „social bonds“ and „social business“, thus in social profiteering.
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Europe’s Far Right on the Rise: Defending Democracy, Promoting Alternatives

European polities are facing a challenge from the far right unprecedented in the post-WW2 era. This new fascism is well financed, transnational and intent on turning the clock backwards on democracy, human rights, and the freedoms of minorities. They also often promote climate change denial at this dangerous moment for the ecological future of our planet, wrapping this up in a narrative of opposition to ‘experts’ and ‘elites’.
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McMafia and the Geopolitics of Crime

Organized crime is part of all our worlds—often without us even knowing. In our times of the return of geopolitics Misha Glenny renowned author and journalist will present and discuss the deep and intricate connections in the world of international organized crime and how these developments affect today’s politics and societies.
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Trojanow trifft: Nestor Machno – Erinnert Euch an mich!

Nestor Machno – der große Unbekannte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Von der sowjetischen Geschichtsschreibung zum Banditen degradiert, von den Anarchisten in aller Welt als Held, als ukrainischer Che Guevara verherrlicht, hat er mit seinen Freischärlern den Ausgang des russischen Bürgerkriegs entscheidend beeinflusst. Der Schauspieler Mark Zak, selbst in der Ukraine aufgewachsen, hat über diesen Rebellen und die Bewegung eine dramatisierte Lesefassung aus den Stimmen verschiedener Zeitzeugen zusammengestellt.
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Luiza Bialasiewicz, Ruth Wodak: Borderwork in the City

A Panel Discussion on affective geopolitics and the landscapes of urban fears.
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Marci Shore: Understanding ‘Post-Truth’

Monthly Lecture by Marci Shore on "Understanding ‘Post-Truth’: Lessons from Central European Philosophy after 1968"
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Sigrid Weigel: Traces and Transitions to Hannah Arendt’s Unwritten Book on Love

The keynote speech by Sigrid Weigel, prof. em of Literature, was part of the Conference The Cryptotheological Legacy of Hannah Arendt, which took place at the IWM from October 17 to 19, 2018.
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Europe Drifting: What Is to Be Done?

Debating Europe with: Karin Kneissl (Austrian Minister of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs), Natalie Nougayrede (Journalist The Guardian), Vesna Pusić (Former Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs; member, IWM Board of Trustees), Norbert Röttgen (Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, CDU), Chair: Ivan Vejvoda, IWM Permanent Fellow
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Erik Jones: Political Change, Capital Mobility, and the Populist Threat to Democracy

Erik Jones shows in this monthly lecture how similar developments are taking place in very different institutional environments and to consider the implications for democratic performance.
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Reden wir über Reinheit (3. Teil)

Im dritten Teil seiner Vortragsreihe geht es um ein besonderes Quellenmaterial über Vorstellungen von Reinheit, nämlich Werbung. Weil Bilder der Reinheit vor allem Bilder weiblicher Körper und der in ihnen enthaltenen Flüssigkeiten sind, bewegen sie sich in einer besonderen Spannung zwischen Idealisierung, Versachlichung und erotischer Aufladung. Wo und wie werden sie als Verkaufsargument eingesetzt? Werbung ist so etwas wie das Schmuddelkind der kulturwissenschaftlichen Aufmerksamkeit.
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Reden wir über Reinheit (2. Teil)

Im zweiten Teil von Valentin Groebners Vortragsreihe wird es fleischlich-konkreter. Reinheit als Unbeflecktheit wurde – und wird – an weiblichen Körpern definiert und visualisiert. Die visuellen Codes für Reinheit beruhen darauf, dass das bedrohlich Kontaminierende – der Sex, das Blut – nicht gezeigt werden darf....
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Reden wir über Reinheit (1. Teil)

Im ersten Teil seiner Vortragsreihe spricht Valentin Groebner über den Begriff “Reinheit” und seine Verwendung aus historischer Perspektive. Wenn von Reinheit und Befleckung die Rede ist, dann geht es nie nur um Schmutz als “Dinge am falschen Ort”, wie Oscar Wilde das so geistreich definiert hat, sondern immer auch um religiöse, sexuelle und soziale Codes – um kollektive Ordnungssysteme.
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Folter in Syrien: Was kann Österreich zur Aufarbeitung beitragen?

Podiumsdiskussion mit:
Hanada Al Refai, Aktivistin und Folterüberlebende aus Syrien; Anwar al-Bunni, Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Research;
Tatiana Urdaneta Wittek, Center for the Enforcement of Human Rights International; Wolfgang Kaleck, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights; Karoline Krause (Moderation), KURIER Aussenpolitik
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Charles Taylor: The Polysemy of ‘Religion’

The co-existence of different religions and/or understandings of religion takes many different forms, some extremely conflictual, and others which tend to foster peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding, says Charles Taylor in his keynote speech at the conference ‘The End(s) of Religious Community‘.
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Debatte: Der eingewanderte Antisemitismus

Sind muslimische Einwanderer die gefährlicheren Antisemiten als Burschenschafter? Diese Frage diskutierten am IWM Matthias Dusini (Falter), Melisa Erkurt (das biber), Verena Krausneker (Shalom Alaikum), Theodor Much (Or Chadasch) und Milos Vec (IWM).
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David Goodhart: Dilemmas of Post-liberalism

Why do we change our mind about political positions? In this Political Salon we attempt a conversation beyond prejudice to enquire into the defining changes that mark our times, their underlying causes, and the state of public discourse in Europe
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Ira Katznelson: Who is the People? Reflections on Popular Sovereignty

What does it mean for a people to be sovereign? In an age of Brexit and Catalonia, Orbán and Trump, it seems timely to return to the once exceptional and presently paradigmatic concept of popular sovereignty, the principle positing that, to be legitimate, political authority must rest with the people.
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Selected Audio Files:

Women's Day: The Backlash Against Women’s Rights

Ulrich Brinkmann: Die unsichtbare Faust des Marktes

Katya Gorchinskaya, Cathrin Kahlweit: Have Ukraine's Reforms Failed?

Slavenka Drakulic: How Women Survived Post-Communism (and Didn't Laugh)