House Description deBuren is a space where listening and speaking are both equally aspired to. From the heart of Brussels, deBuren offers a forum for discussing the art, culture, societies and politics of both the Low Countries and of Europe as a whole. Read more!
House Description The Institute of Ideas is a forum for intelligent and lively public debate of complex social issues: a new academy for ideas in the UK and internationally. It challenges orthodoxy and prejudice, not for the sake of it, but because people are more than capable of deciding things for themselves. Read more!
An ideological chameleon Liberalism has many faces, but all seem to have come into the firing line of late, why is this and what does it mean to be a liberal in the twenty-first century? Is there a growing disenchantment with economically liberal ideas or with the concept of liberalism itself or infighting within liberalism?
A necessary evil? What are populists and why do some populists get tarred with the populist brush while others receive a more enthusiastic reception? Are populist movements morbid symptoms of a dying political order or the first signs of a democratic renewal? And, should we celebrate rather than criticise their efforts to overturn our top-down systems?
An unsafe space The Battle of Ideas is back for another year of provocative challenging debate. This year, the Barbican Centre awaits visitors with an action packed weekend featuring more than a hundred debates on diverse themes
Where did it all go wrong? Why are European voters turning away from the traditional political representatives of mainstream liberalism? And, what has led some of the former Eastern bloc's foremost proponents of liberal democracy to start taking a more critical stance on the EU and European elites?
What does it mean nowadays? CCCB invites speakers to contemplate the concept of revolution from a contemporary European perspective. Is revolution still an engine of liberation for societies in the Western world or are we now at the stage where resistance can be seen as the better strategy, if we are to defend the social advances of the last century? Read more!
From the barricades to the blog Vienna Humanities Festival returns in 2017 with an action packed weekend of discussions around the theme of revolution. From Russia in 1917 through to the Euromaidan in 2013/4 via the Industrial Revolution of the 19th and the Digital Revolution of the 20th and 21st centuries. Video highlights coming soon!
Whither Europe? Post-Brexit Europe continues to find itself threatened by a return to nationalist sentiment. This debate looks at anti-European rhetoric and asks both how it can be countered and whether it in fact offers any alternatives to European democracy. Watch the video highlights!
Towards a new transition? In times of change, what is the future of political cooperation in Europe? Kultura Liberalna ask whether the European Union can continue to consolidate or whether it will instead disintegrate - do we need more, less or a different Europe? Watch the video highlights!
The dynamics of change Depo take a look at the EU crisis from a Turkish perspective, relating it to a global transition and asking what forms this takes in Europe and how it affects relationships between states, regions and social classes. Watch the video highlights!
A literary journey The Freiblickinstitut looks at migration, immigration and exile in a full day comprising both a readathon and a debate. Through literature and discussion they look at how we talk about the movement of peoples and at past scenarios of both such movements and of individual experience.
Recording coming soon!