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Claus Offe: Varieties of Inequality

Claus Offe's keynote speech entitled "Varieties of Inequality. What Can Be Done About Them and Why It Must Be Done" opened the conference 'Solidarity IX: On Distribution'.
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Timothy Snyder: War and Peace (1945-2015)

At the conference "War and Peace (1945-2015)", organised by the EPP Group in the European Parliament, the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Timothy Snyder focused on problems of commemorating the end of World War II (© Photo: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung).
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Sergii Leshchenko: Ukraine Between Corruption and Reform

Sergii Leshchenko,member of the Ukrainian parliament and former investigative journalist, discussed on May 7 - together with Carl Henrik Fredriksson (IWM/Eurozine) and Christian Ultsch (Die Presse) - Ukraine’s main internal problems: corruption, crony capitalism and biased media.
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Slavoj Žižek: What Does It Mean to Be a Great Thinker Today?

On May 5, the Slovenian political philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek gave a talk at the IWM, chaired by Sławomir Sierakowski, founder of the “Krytyka Polityczna” movement.
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Burgtheater-Debatte: Der Wiener Kongress und seine Folgen

Vor 200 Jahren fand der Wiener Kongress statt und damit die Neuordnung Europas. Wie hat sich Europa seither verändert? Welche Mechanismen zur Konfliktlösung gibt es heute? Wie sehen die neuen geopolitischen Herausforderungen aus? Debatte mit Heinrich August Winkler, Hazel Rosenstrauch, Sebastian Kurz, Johannes Hahn, Adam Krzeminski.

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Zygmunt Bauman: Diasporic Terrorism

In the Patočka Memorial Lecture 2015, Zygmunt Bauman looked at the social consequences of the massive ongoing diasporisation of the world, a process by which the stranger becomes a next-door neighbor.
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Burgtheater Debate: How Much Transparency Does Democracy Need?

Citizens are deeply disillusioned with political and business elites. Many believe that more transparency would restore trust in democratic institutions and corporations as only informed citizens are able to hold them accountable. Debate with Júlia Király, Evgeny Morozov, Aruna Roy, Max Schrems and Shalini Randeria.
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Ivan Krastev: Conflicting Memories, Ukraine

On February 26, IWM Permanent Fellow IWM Krastev participated in a debate on the political crisis in Ukraine from a cultural perspective, organised by Castrum Peregrini and the European Cultural Foundation.
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Timothy Snyder: Ukraine, Russia and the Significance of Civil Society

On January 27, Timothy Snyder spoke at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University, Prague, about the situation in Russia and Ukraine in the last year and about the significance and role of civil society.
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Burgtheater Debate: The Return of Geopolitics in Europe

Has the Cold War returned to Europe? What geopolitical changes might we expect in the near future? How should Europe respond to these challenges? These and other questions were discussed by Ivan Krastev, Fyodor Lukyanov, Carl Bildt and Ana Palacio at the Vienna Burgtheater on January 11.
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Jürgen Osterhammel: Schutz, Macht und Verantwortung

In der Jan Patočka Gedächtnisvorlesung 2014 setzte sich der Historiker Jürgen Osterhammel mit einer der widersprüchlichsten Kategorien im Vokabular der internationalen Politik auseinander – dem Schutzbegriff.
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Conference “Ukraine: Thinking Together” (Kyiv, May 15–19)

Under the heading “Ukraine: Thinking Together” an international group of intellectuals gathered in Kyiv to demonstrate solidarity, meet their Ukrainian counterparts, and carry out a broad public discussion about the meaning of Ukrainian pluralism for the future of Europe, Russia, and the world.
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Conference ’10 Years after the 2004 EU Enlargement’

This conference celebrated the tenth anniversary of the accession of ten Central Eastern European and South European countries to the European Union. It reflected on achievements and lessons learnt and discuss possible future political and economic developments in Europe.
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Burgtheater-Debatte: Die Zerstörung des Wissens?

We live in a knowledge society. More people now have access to knowledge and education than ever before. How is knowledge, however, or what we understand by the term knowledge, changed by the digital revolution? Debate with Cornelia Klinger, Lawrence Lessig, Sara Miller McCune, Armin Nassehi and Nicholas Lemann.
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Burgtheater-Debatte: Driften Europa und Amerika auseinander?

Das Verhältnis zwischen Europa und den USA ist nicht mehr so eng, wie es in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten war. Ist das Vertrauen nachhaltig gestört? Gibt es noch gemeinsame sicherheitspolitische Interessen? Was verbindet die beiden Kontinente noch? Debatte mit Lee A. Brudvig, Martin Schulz, Hans-Christian Ströbele und Werner Weidenfeld.
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Timothy Snyder: The War to End All Wars

In this lecture, held at the House of Literature (Litteraturhuset) in Oslo on February 8, IWM Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder spoke about "Nations, Empires, Unions: European Integration and Disintegration Since 1914".

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Burgtheater-Debatte: Wie wirkt 1914 nach?

Das Attentat auf Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand in Sarajewo war der Auslöser für den Ersten Weltkrieg, der eine epochale Zäsur mit enormen Folgen für die ganze Welt war. Die Debatte am 19. Januar im Wiener Burgtheater mit Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen, Biljana Srbljanović, Manfried Rauchensteiner und Timothy Snyder fragte nach den Folgen von 1914.
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Crisis, Critique, Capitalism – A Framework for the 21st Century

Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, gave the Patocka Memorial Lecture 2013.
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Inequality and Solidarity

The financial crises and the rigorous austerity policies that followed after 2008 increased the level of inequality within European societies and among EU member states. Elsa Fornero, Ira Katznelson, Michael Sandel and Andreas Treichl discussed how to escape the crises and to promote new models of good life.
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Commemoration Ceremony for Krzysztof Michalski

The power of vision and the gift for narration – these were the two qualities that most characterized Krzysztof Michalski, the doer and the thinker. In his memory, Michael Sandel gave a Lecture on 'Solidarity', introduced by Cornelia Klinger, at MAK Vienna on April 5.

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Burgtheater-Debatte: Was hält Europa zusammen?

Wird die Krise den Zusammenhalt in der Europäischen Union letztendlich stärken oder entfernen sich die einzelnen Mitgliedsstaaten immer mehr voneinander? Diese Fragen diskutierten Heinz Fischer, Rosen Plevneliev, Johannes Hahn, Roger Köppel und Alexandra Föderl-Schmid am 10. März im Wiener Burgtheater.
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Burgtheater-Debatte: Welche Rolle spielt Europa in der Welt?

Photo: Matthias Cramer
Diese Frage diskutierten der Globalisierungskritiker Jean Ziegler, die ehemalige EU-Außenkommissarin Benita Ferrero-Waldner, der Unternehmensberater Roland Berger sowie der ehemalige Präsident des EU-Parlaments, Klaus Hänsch, unter der Leitung von STANDARD-Chefredakteurin Alexandra Föderl-Schmid am 13. Jänner 2013.
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Martin Walser: Auf der Suche nach Rechtfertigung

„Ich war immer ein Leser. Also bin ich auch ein Bewusstseinstheater, in dem die Texte aus 2000 Jahren nie ganz verstummen wollen.“ Im November 2012 hielt der deutsche Schriftsteller Martin Walser die 24. Jan Patocka-Gedächtnisvorlesung. Im Mittelpunkt seiner Überlegungen stand das Problem der Rechtfertigung, mit dem er sich seit einiger Zeit auseinandersetzt.
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George Soros: The Future of the Euro

As a guest of the Institute for Human Sciences and its Political Salon US financier and philanthropist George Soros discussed the future of the Euro with invited representatives of Austrian public life. His considerations were commented by Austrian Minister of Finance Maria Fekter and subsequently discussed with the audience.
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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)