03 Dec

Entering Violence as a Product of a Relationship with the State: the Case of Kashmiri Militants

Political violence is commonly labelled as “terrorism” by State actors and people who indulge to it as mere “chaos partisans”. Framing the public debate within this degrading category consequently marginalizes violent political militants and depoliticize their claims. From a scientific perspective, this State-centered dichotomy reflects a security approach, but it lacks nuances and thus misses …
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30 Nov

Reaching Back

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have gone through great transformations in the last two centuries. Sudden breaks or changes of political regime, experiments with different types of state institutions imposed by rulers from above or from outside, incoherence in defining individual rights and freedoms… How can marks of a ‘deep past’ shape …
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27 Nov

Junior Fellows’ Workshop

Program 1st Session 09:40-10:20 Kateřina Sváčková: “A Case for Compassion: Construction of the Concept of Nature in Rousseau’s Philosophy” Discussant: Milan Hanyš 10:20-11:00 Anca Cretu: “The “Politics of Compassion” and the Refugee Problem in Interwar Europe: The Case of American Humanitarian Efforts & The Crisis of Ukrainian Jewish Refugees in Interwar Romania (1921-1924)” Discussant: Irina …
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19 Nov

Ideologies Between Ridicule and Subversion

Peter Berger once spoke of „ die grimmige Humorlosigkeit der revolutionaeren Ideologien”. Starting from this, I try to analyze ideologies in general and not only „revolutionary” ones. I shall discuss two characteristics of ideological discourse: 1. Its diffuse, invasive aspect, that ultimately suspends the separation between „public” and „private”. Ideologies end by pervading the sphere …
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12 Nov

Compassion and Sacrifice

The presentation will consist of two parts: The first one will explore the question of “how to think compassion as a co-operation between reason, passions and self-love”, while the second one will ask for the meaning of self-sacrifice in modern societies and try to outline possibilities of its overcoming. Modern moral theories often treat compassion …
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06 Nov

Understanding ‘Post-Truth’

 In Western Europe, especially in France, after 1968 continental philosophy took a postmodern turn: a loss of faith not only in grand narratives, but also in a coherent subject, in stable meaning, and in absolute truth. Meaning—Jacques Derrida taught—flickers, subverts itself, is ever in flux. His philosophy of deconstruction represented, he wrote, “the least …
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05 Nov

Historical Sociology, ‘Fortress Europe’ and the EU’s Frontier Politics

Frontiers have had a mythical and practical function in the era of modernity: in the former they are means of legitimation; in the latter they are a mechanism of control. This paper mobilises historical sociology to explore the temporal sequences in post-war development that have shaped the frontier politics of the European Union (EU). In …
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29 Oct

Lessons on War-related Scholarship and Engagement

The analysis of the war-related activism of the Belgrade and Zagreb feminists in the 1990s might seem at first glance as a too specific endeavour whose conclusions are irrelevant for the broader public, especially that which is not directly engaged with gender equality and feminism. A closer look at that activism reveals, however, valuable insights …
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22 Oct

Building “Hybrid” Democracies

How can we account for the particular evolution revealed by post-communist democracies? Is the phenomenon limited in time and space or are there reasons to expect mounting evidence of its extensiveness? The IWM hosts the project “Mechanism of Modernization in Central and Eastern Europe (MeMo – CEE)” to investigate the incomplete, disjointed, and intermittent process …
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17 Oct

Traces and Transitions to Hannah Arendt’s Unwritten Book on Love

 Although Arendt’s oeuvre commences with a book on the concept of love (in Augustin) she never published a book on love. Yet, Arendt’s unwritten book on love does exist; it will be reconstructed from a series of fascinating entries of her Denktagebuch. Whereas Arendt’s early writings on love form a juxtaposition – philosophy (her …
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