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Ágnes Heller: Eine kurze Geschichte meiner Philosophie

Gespräch mit Ágnes Heller anlässlich ihres neuen Buches „Eine kurze Geschichte meiner Philosophie“. In diesem Buch folgt sie ihrem eigenen Werdegang und erinnert sich an Meilensteine und Wendepunkte ihrer Entwicklung – geprägt von entschlossener Zuversicht auch unter schwierigsten äußeren Bedingungen. Es ist ein Buch über Zivilcourage, eine Schule der Mündigkeit besonderer Art.
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Ivan Krastev, Christian Ultsch: After Europe

Can democratic institutions be transformed to serve exclusionary ends? Why has the ongoing refugee crisis transformed the politics of Central and Eastern European states—despite the fact that these countries host virtually no migrants? And what do demographic and generational changes mean for the liberal consensus that emerged in the wake of communism’s fall?
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Kenichi Mishima: Multiple Modernen und die Dynamik der transnationalen Öffentlichkeit

Anhand einer Diskussion der japanischen Anti-Atom-Proteste soll in diesem Vortrag das theoretische Potenzial ausgelotet werden, das die Theorie der multiplen und verschlungenen Modernen für die Untersuchung der Dynamik einer transnationalen Öffentlichkeit haben könnte.
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Reception: 35 Years Institute for Human Sciences

Opening: Bundespräsident Alexander van der Bellen
Reception: Ira Katznelson
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David Sylvan: Too Much Loyalty? The Uneasy Coexistence of Democracy and Foreign Policy

Keynote Speech by David Sylvan, Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Research Director at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, at the conference "Democracy at Risk".
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Alex Soros: The Tyranny of Greece over Germany

Alex Soros reconsiders the brilliant yet largely overlooked 1935 book by Eliza Marian Butler, The Tyranny of Greece over Germany.
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Thomas Biersteker: Targeted Sanctions—The Impacts and Effectiveness of United Nations Actions

Thomas Biersteker presents his latest publication Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of United Nations Actions. The book is organized around comparisons across cases, rather than country case studies, and introduces two analytical innovations: case episodes within country sanctions regimes and systematic differentiation among different purposes of sanctions.
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Claus Offe, Alexander Somek: Constitutional and Political Theory

The book launch presents Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde writings on constitutional and political theory, published by OUP.
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Timothy Snyder: Ukrainian History as World History (1917-2017)

The main theme of European history in the 20th Century is the transition from empire to integration. Ukraine is the country whose experiences bring together European and global themes that allow us to see this process. 1917 is the year to begin – the anti-colonial revolution that was also a colonial revolution.
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Paul Lendvai, G.M. Tamás: Orbán. Europe’s New Strongman

Mining exclusive documents and interviews, celebrated journalist Paul Lendvai sketches the extraordinary rise of Orbán, an erstwhile anti-communist rebel turned populist autocrat.
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Ivan Vejvoda: A Future for Europe?

Europe has seen difficult and dark times before. The European construct remains in spite of all challenges a historical success which needs serious overhauling. Europe will come out of this crisis changed and hopefully stronger. But how and when–depends on statesmenship and civic initiatives – on the engagement to uphold the democratic values and institutions that have underpinned our freedom.
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István Rév: Episodes in the History of the ‘Maker of Fact’

Monthly Lecture by Isván Rév. István Rév is Professor of History and Political Science at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest and director of the Open Society Archives, one of the largest Cold War and human rights archives in the world.
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Wie steht es um die Verantwortung in einer digital-globalen Welt?

"Europa im Diskurs" mit dem Bischof der Evangelischen Kirche in Österreich Michael Bünker, der Politikwissenschaftlerin und Publizistin, Ulrike Guérot, der Friedensaktivistin und Theologin, Viola Raheb, Shalini Randeria, Rektorin IWM; Soziologin und Sozialanthropologin und Heide Schmidt, Österreichische Politikerin. Es modieriert: Renata Schmidtkunz, Leiterin der Ö1-Sendereihe „Im Gespräch“
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Fyodor Lukyanov, Soli Özel, Ivan Krastev: Turkey and Russia in the New Global (Dis)Order

What we witness today is the unraveling of the post-Cold War international order, and both Russia and Turkey play a major role in this process. But what do Moscow and Ankara want? What new order do they dream of? Is the same dream shared by both? What defines their foreign policy – the nature of their political regimes, their imperial legacies, or their national interests?
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Österreich und Tschechien intensivieren wissenschaftliche Kooperation

Österreichischer Bundespräsident a.D. Heinz Fischer und tschechischer Außenminister Lubomír Zaorálek unterzeichnen eine Finanzierungsvereinbarung für das Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM).
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Timothy Snyder: ‘On Tyranny’

Timothy Snyder presents his latest publication "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" in conversation with Martin Pollack.
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Truth in Times of War—and the New War on Truth

It has become a commonplace that we live in a “post-truth” era. Is “post-truth” just another chapter in the long history of propaganda, or does it represent a new phenomenon?
A conversation with Ivan Krastev and Peter Pomerantsev, moderated by Angelina Kariakina.
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Andrei Plesu: The Anti-European Tradition of Europe

The bad news, on everybody’s lips, is that Europe – and more specifically the European Union – is in crisis, a crisis that could well prove to be the first step leading to its dissolution. With this in mind, we will try to come up with some good news, even though not unequivocally so: „crisis” is a constitutive concept of Europe!
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Erhard Busek: Europe and Austria – The Shape of the Future?

Europe is changing. Looking outwards, it has to operate increasingly as a global player; looking inwards, it needs to counter the centrifugal tendencies of some of its member states by strengthening regional cooperations. For a small country like Austria, the latter are crucial, but many neighbouring countries’ internal developments are putting a strain on their relations with Austria.
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Mary Kaldor: New Wars as a Social Condition

Building on her longstanding and groundbreaking research on the “New Wars”, this lecture by Mary Kaldor explained that the difference between old and new wars is not empirical but conceptual. New wars have a different logic from old wars. Old wars (both inter-state wars and classic civil wars) can be analysed in Clausewitzean terms as a contest of wills. New wars are more like a social condition.
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Alex Soros: Heine’s Pantheism – The Gay Science and the Death of God

From Heine’s aesthetic perspective we can best understand Friedrich Nietzsche’s “gay science” or joyful wisdom of philosophy and his pronouncement of “the death of God.”
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Chantal Mouffe: The Affects of Democracy

In this year’s Patočka Memorial Lecture, political theorist Chantal Mouffe examines the crucial role played in politics by what she calls ‘passions’ to refer to the common affects that are at stake in the construction of collective identities.
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Stephen Kotkin: Sphere of Influence III

The Chip on the Shoulder

Populist revolt within countries has its complement in a populist revolt against the liberal, rules-based international order, which is driven by three revisionist powers – China, Russia, Iran – that have rich histories as civilizations, empires that once extended well beyond their current size, a powerful sense of historic entitlement and of historic grievance. Today their quest for enlarged spheres of influence in East Asia, Eurasia, and West Asia (or the Middle East), respectively, has reinforced, and in turn been reinforced by, a politics of resentment inside many countries of Europe and the U.S. The chip on the shoulder politics of the moment are perhaps best exemplified by Russia, because of the steepness of its decline. Is this a passing phase or a new normal, in Russia and beyond?
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Stephen Kotkin: Sphere of Influence II

What, if anything, is the Difference between Fascism and Communism?

Do we really know the answer? Two opposing political projects have framed that question. One equates fascism and communism as totalitarianism; the other proffers a heroic portrayal of communism as anti-fascism.
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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)