TTT debates

Utopia, Modernisation, Terror – 100 years after October 1917
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Krytyka Polityczna looks back at the Russian Revolution one hundred years on, asking what we can learn from it and looking at both the dangers and opportunities provided by utopian ideologies.
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The Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
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CIDOB, Barcelona's Centre for International Affairs, is Spain's oldest international relations think tank. The centre brings together a dynamic team of analysts and researchers, specialising in Europe, Latin America, the Mediterranean, the former Soviet space and China and regularly publishing on the issues which these arenas throw up. Read more!
The end of a post-revolutionary utopia. A Central European view
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Pavel Barša speaks at The Red House on the post-communist transition in Central Europe and why the end of totalitarian regimes in the region has coincided with a rise in support for illiberal and populist politics on both sides of the former Iron Curtain.
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Revolutions and the avant-garde: visual footnotes of the great and the damned October Revolution
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How do revolutions change art and how does the imagery of a revolution shape its legacy? Iara Boubnova speaks to The Red House about the aesthetic of revolution and its impact upon our perceptions of politics and the past.
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Revolutions and their children – revolutionary legacies: 1917 and 1989
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A hundred years on from 1917 and just 28 after 1989, what are the legacies of these epochal revolutions today? The Red House hosts a debate which looks at how the start and the end of Eastern Europe's short 21st century frame its present day.
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What is liberalism?
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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, with the concept of liberalism itself or are we witnessing infighting within liberalism?
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Is there a culture war against populism?
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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?
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Battle of Ideas 2017
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The Battle of Ideas is back for another festival of provocative and challenging debate. This year, the Barbican Centre awaits visitors with an action-packed weekend featuring more than a hundred debates on diverse themes.
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A crisis of liberalism? A conversation with Ognyan Minchev
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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?
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Revolution or resistance?
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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?
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The virtues of dissent
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Philippe Narval speaks to Heide Schmidt about her journey from the FPÖ to the NEOS, about how to define populism and what we can and should do to counteract its more negative manifestations.
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Revolution! Vienna Humanities Festival 2017
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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.
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