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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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Stephen Kotkin: Sphere of Influence I

Lecture I: The Gift of Geopolitics: How Worlds are Made, and Unmade

Americans and Europeans long tended to think of geopolitics as a kind of primitivism to be transcended. The “escape from geopolitics” has both a right wing and a left wing incarnation: the former rooted in a fantasy of universal democracy and benign US-led hegemony, the latter, in a world order governed by supranational institutions and pooled sovereignty. What both share is a conviction that the rivalry of states, with conflicting interests and worldviews, produces conflict, insecurity and impoverishment. How can the inevitable interstate frictions be harnessed to push the major powers security and prosperity?
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Eva Horn on “Air Conditioning—A Cultural History of Climate Control”

This Monthly Lecture explores the history of the dream to “adjust the climate” in architecture, urban planning, and art. In order to understand the deeper reasons for anthropogenic climate change, we need to rethink the ways in which we have cut ourselves off the vagaries of the weather.
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Leben wir im Zeitalter des Populismus?

“Europa im Diskurs” mit dem Soziologen Heinz Bude, Bundeskanzler Christian Kern, Roger Köppel, Nationalrat, Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP), Jan-Werner Müller, Professor für Politikwissenschaft, Princeton University; IWM Visiting Fellow und Karin Priester, Politikwissenschafterin, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Es moderiert: Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Chefredakteurin DerStandard
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Michael Ignatieff: Migration, Asylum and Human Rights

Michael Igantieff discusses in the Political Saon with Christian Ultsch und Ivan Vejvoda the question: How do we reconcile refugee’s rights of asylum with sovereign rights of border control and citizens’ rights to security?
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James Kirchick ‘The End of Europe’

In this panel discussion James Kirchick (Fellow, Foreign Policy Initiative, Washington; correspondent, Daily Beast) discusses his latest publication "The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age" with Ivan Vejvoda (Permanent Fellow, IWM).
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Luuk van Middelaar on ‘A Way Out of the Crisis’

In this book presentation Luuk van Middelaar discusses the recent German edition of his book "A Passage to Europe", as well as current challenges facing the European Union.
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Europa, USA: Was ändert sich mit Trump?

Hochrangig besetzte Debatte im Burgtheater mit der Journalistin Alison Smale, dem Politologen Ivan Krastev, Regisseur Robert Dornhelm, STANDARD -Chefredakteurin Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, dem republikanischen Trump-Kritiker Jim Kolbe und der Carnegie-Analystin Judy.
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Rainer Bauböck on ‘Democratic Inclusion: A Pluralistic Theory of Citizenship’

Who has a claim to be included in a democratic political community? Answers to this question distinguish populists from democrats. In this talk Rainer Bauböck propose that the question needs to be broken up into three: Whose interests should be represented in democratic decisions? Whose rights ought to be protected by democratic governments? Who has a claim to citizenship and voting rights?
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Leben wir in revolutionären Zeiten?

Im Wiener Burgtheater diskutieren Agnes Heller, Philipp Blom, Karel Schwarzenberg und Hans Christian Ströbele zum Thema "Leben wir in revolutionären Zeiten?" Durch die Diskussion führt Alexandra Föderl-Schmid.
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‘How (not) to Explain Violence’ by Wolfgang Knöbl

By using ethnographic insights and philosophical arguments Wolfgang Knöbl clarifies the rather confusing debate on violence and to sketch a plausible strategy in order to come to terms with violent phenomena.
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A. Kurkov, A. Portnov, A. Shekhovtsov: The Future of Russianness in Post-Maidan Ukraine

Three years after the Maidan, what is the future of the Russian language, culture and identity in Ukraine? Does it make sense to approach the conflict in the country’s east along ethnic lines? Does de-communization mean de-Russification? Are Russian speakers especially vulnerable to Russian propaganda? These questions are discussed by Andrej Kurkow, Andrii Portnov and Anton Shekhovtsov.
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Anton Shekhovtsov: Russia and the Western Far Right

The lecture discussed relations between various Russian actors (activists, politicians, organisations, media, officials, etc.) and the Western far right. It provided a historical perspective, discussing the pro-Soviet or pro-Russian views of particular Western far right activists, but its major focus is contemporary Russia.
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Time for a New European Security Dialogue?

In order to promote greater understanding and cooperation, it is time for a new dialogue about European security. What are the opportunities and risks, not least with a new American President? And what could be the role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) under Austria’s Chairmanship in 2017?
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Martin Pollack: Ach Ukraine!

Der Vortrag eröffnete die konstituierende Sitzung der Österreichisch-Ukrainischen Historikerkommission und beleuchtete die Beziehungen zwischen Polen und der Ukraine aus der persönlichen Perspektive des renommierten Polenkenners.
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A. Fahrmeir, G. Hellmann, M. Vec on ‘The Transformation of Foreign Policy’

Andreas Fahrmeir, Gunther Hellmann, Miloš Vec are presenting their latest book: The Transformation of Foreign Policy: Drawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present, Oxford University Press, 2016.
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Lubomír Zaorálek: Escaping the Trap of Radicalism

This Political Salon addressed the issue of radicalism in the context of European modernity as well as in light of the current crises engulfing the European Union. It made the case for a new politics of moderation to safeguard an open and tolerant Central Europe as a key element of rebuilding the European project after Brexit.
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On Solidarity X: Mobilizing for the Commons

From November 4 to November 6, 2016 the 10th Conference 'On Solidarity' - Mobilizing for the Commons took place in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.
The event was organized jointly by the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, the European network of cultural journals, Eurozine, the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk and Res Publica Foundation, in partnership with ERSTE Foundation and the Mayor of Gdańsk.
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Evgeny Dobrenko: Aesthetics of Terror and Terror of Aesthetics

In the 20th century, beauty was used by the most barbaric and repressive regimes, be it in Stalin’s Russia, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, or Franco’s Spain. In the transition to Modern times aesthetics replaced theology and beauty lost its sacredness. Its secular equivalent–Sublime–was politically instrumentalised by totalitarian regimes which created reactionary populist mobilizational cultural projects based on perfect simulation of beauty. Therefore, totalitarian kitsch has to be understood not simply as a decline of taste, but as a byproduct of cultural democratization and means of legitimizing terror in which aesthetics played a pivotal role.
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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)