Affiliate Debates

Should euthanasia be legalised?
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In Germany, the Bundestag is looking into a reform of the legislation on euthanasia, leading to a heated debate on the pros and cons of assisted suicide. Should we have the right to determine when we want to die or are there too many circumstances in which any law allowing assisted suicide could be exploited to harm the vulnerable and the ill?
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Enduring legacies: Ernst van Alphen on transgenerational trauma and approaches to the memoralisation of the Holocaust and the Gulag
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We all know about the Holocaust, but how much do we know about the Gulag and how many of us still live with the terror these two human catastrophes engendered. Ernst van Alphen looks at their different histories and the different traumata they caused, tracing the development of these through the victims to their children and grandchildren.
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Lector in Fabula 2015 – The future of politics
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This year's Lector in Fabula festival will look at the future of politics and feature a special series of debates organised in cooperation with Eurozine and set to be live streamed on Time to Talk. Visit the page to find out more about this year's festival, those special Eurozine debates and the live streams.
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Krytyka Polityczna & friends: the Central Eastern Europe Meeting, 2015
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From the 27th-30th August, activists from across Central and Eastern Europe came together to discuss how to strengthen their co-operative efforts and how to further build up and empower communities and individuals throughout the region.
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Silenced on campus – are our universities safe-guarding free expression?
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Index on Censorship take a look at the state of academic freedom around the world, analysing an array of threats to students' freedom of expression in the form of no platform policies, trigger warnings, legislation on campus extremism and old fashioned political pressure to toe the official line.
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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!