26 Feb

Changing Politics and Geopolitics

President Trump has now survived his first test as US President and, barring serious findings from the Mueller Inquiry, he will run for a second term with reasonable prospects of winning.  Like him or not, he is set to be the most consequential president for fifty years.  An assessment of the implications of a return …
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12 Feb

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 …
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29 Jan

International Lawyers’ Failing

Miloš Vec will analyze the intersection of the idea of pariah weapons with clashes between moral verdicts and legal bans in the 19th century. The industrial revolution and subsequent technological progress enabled the production and use of a new range of weapons and military equipment. How did international law and lawyers react to this development? …
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15 Jan

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. Misha Glenny is a speaker, …
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14 Jan

Beyond the “Power of the Powerless“

A closer look onto the intellectual context of Havel’s famous essay reveals that, among Czechoslovakian dissidents, there were more serious critiques of his piece than outspoken supporters. The fact that Havel became an iconic figure of the 1989’s revolution and the successive road towards freedom makes it difficult to look impartially on the discourse of …
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17 Dec

The ‘Liberal Democracy Cube’ Under the Onslaught of Populist Politics

The lecture specifies and discusses, in its first part, the three core defining features of liberal democracy: popular sovereignty, constitutionalism and rule of law, and state efficacy. The second part presents some major aspects of populism and highlights the reasons why it must be seen as a massive deviation from the liberal democratic regime form. …
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11 Dec

Borderwork in the City

 Drawing upon on-going research on anti-migrant mobilization in a number of European cities, the panelists will discuss the role of new forms of citizen activism and new political aesthetics in imagining (and forcefully enacting) exclusionary landscapes. In particular, they will query how such ‘citizens’ borderwork’ allows a wider geopolitics of fear to touch down …
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10 Dec

Alternative Communities in Europe from the 1960′ until Today

In the 1960s-70s, many communes were created all over the world, including Europe. Young people grew disillusioned with the values of their parents, who often had to struggle with post-war trauma. Their children tried to create communities that would allow them to live together, be equal, and challenge traditional notions of nationality, nuclear family, and …
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05 Dec

Migration, Development and the Future of the EU

Immigration and the principle of ‘free movement’ of people have become highly contested within the contemporary European sphere. Too often this conversation has been badly skewed towards the concerns of host countries experiencing rising levels of inward migration. Less attention has been paid to the reasons for migration from Central and Eastern European countries and …
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04 Dec

Discourse and National Identities:
Austria 1995 – 2005 – 2015

Since the 1980s, the transformation of the former Eastern bloc, Germany’s reunification, the enlargement and deeper integration of the European Union, together with persistent debates about migration, have focused ever more attention on issues of historical and cultural identities. Indeed, seemingly established collective, national identities became contested political terrain and the focus of political struggles. …
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