Affiliate Debates

Festiwal Kuronia 2015
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The 2nd Jacek Kuroń Festival took place in an extended format and with a special focus on solidarity in times of division. Featuring distinguished speakers from around the world, the festival's strong point lay in socio-political debates, but there was a wide spectrum of accompanying events, including film screenings, discovery walks, open seminars and critical art.
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The new civility: are religious freedom and freedom of speech intertwined?
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At 2015's Big Bookend Festival, Index on Censorship looked at the relationship between free speech and religious freedom, asking how entwined the two are and whether there can be such a thing as too much sensitivity in civil societal relationships.
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Democracy and religious diversity
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The CCCB hosts Professor Charles Taylor on the occasion of A Secular Age's translation into Spanish. A discussion about the diversification of spiritual inclinations in the Western world, how Western states are approaching this new pluralism and the pros and contras of their various approaches.
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Masha Gessen in conversation
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Masha Gessen speaks to the BBC broadcaster and former Moscow Bureau journalist Lucy Ash about her activism and writing. A discussion about protest, Pussy Riot, Putin, Stalinist deportations and the Tsarnaev brothers.
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The end of the democratic world
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This is a transcript of the Kultura Liberalna seminar Byliśmy głupi [We were stupid], which featured Polish philosopher Marcin Król discussing the Round Table and other critical events of 1989 with the Kultura Liberalna employees Łukasz Pawłowski and Tomasz Sawczuk.
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On politically engaged art
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In this Poland for Beginners discussion, Igor Stokfiszewski looked at politically engaged art and the impact it can have on the political realities we live with. With particular reference to the Polish artists of the transition, Igor introduced us to both modern political art per se and the specific Polish take on such.
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Remembering the First World War one hundred years on
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The way we perceive our societies is based upon our understanding of their historical evolution, which itself is often a result of narrow national narratives. Professor Winters speaks of the work which a new generation of transnational historians has been undertaking to challenge national dialectics and to create new broader histories of key past events. Watch the recording!
Conceptualising capitalism: how the misuse of key concepts impedes our understanding of modern economies
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What is capitalism? In this discussion, Professor Geoffrey Hodgson attacks what he sees as widespread misunderstandings of its very nature and proposes a new understanding, based on referral to its historical basis and, in particular, to the ideas of Victorian economist Henry Dunning MacLeod, best known for his work on credit and its centrality within capitalist societies.
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Citizenship. A lecture by Seyla Benhabib
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The CCCB hosts Professor Seyla Benhabib as she looks at current conceptions of citizenship within Europe and their relationship to our systems of social and political rights and the phenomena of the decreasing power of the nation state and mass migration.
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Georg Schöllhammer on Local Modernities
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Georg Schöllhammer's VCRC lecture looks to introduce the uninitiated to the work of the Local Modernities project in the fields of Soviet modernism and urban planning. This lecture thus provides both an overview of the work which the project has undertaken so far and a sketch of its intentions for the future.
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Is there more than meets the eye to Poland’s history of the transition?
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Krytyka Polityczna continue their Poland for Beginners series with a look back at the history of the transition and the events leading up to 1989. Join Maciej Gdula as he dissects the official narratives and looks at two decades of dissent.
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What does Europe want?
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Krytyka Polityczna welcome Slavoj Žižek to Warsaw as they ask - what does Europe want? A discussion between the well-known Slovenian academician and cultural critic and Krytyka Polityczna's very own political commentator, Sławomir Sierakowski.
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