House Description Founded in 1972, Index on Censorship is an international organisation and publication which works to combat censorship and campaigns worldwide for the preservation and establishment of freedom of expression.
What can be done to protect the free press? Index on Censorship launched the Mapping Media Freedom project with a discussion about the pressures journalists face throughout Europe. Focussing on increased political tensions, this discussion looks at the extent of the problems journalists are confronted with and asks what can be done to improve the situation.
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House description Memorial is many things: a pressure group, a centre of research, a museum, a library, an archive and an international movement. Above all, Memorial is, however, the living memory of past wrongs; a lasting witness to repression, dictatorship and lives lived under constant pressure, both within and without the close confines of the gulags. Read more!
What can memory mean for the future? Memorial host Marianne Hirsch for a discussion of the ways that institutions and individuals approach memory, looking at contemporary and historical practice and asking what changes in the approaches adopted could mean for society going forwards.
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House Description Political Critique was set up with the aim of reinvigorating the Polish tradition of engaged intelligentsia and works primarily in the fields of education, culture and science with the aim of combating economic and cultural exclusion. Active throughout Poland they are currently seen to be one of the most significant left wing formations within the country. Read more!
Getting themselves heard? This Poland for Beginner's debate takes a look at expatriate and minority media in Poland, asking how much of a voice diasporas and their media have in Polish society. Are they excluded from the official picture of the country or increasingly becoming part of the way it is understood at home and abroad.
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The Soviet woman With laws on domestic violence topping the Duma's to do list, Memorial host Wendy Goldman to look back at the history of women's liberation in 20th century Russia. How did early Soviet reformers envisage womanhood, how many of their ideals were they able to realise and what has the legacy of these reforms been?
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House description Located in Amsterdam's former District Court, De Balie provides the city with a multifaceted cultural platform. Hosting lectures, debates, screenings, exhibitions, plays and performances, De Balie combines creativity and hard-hitting analysis in an unpredictable and constantly evolving form. Read more!
Our fate in his hands? Starting off with an unusual proposal, De Balie look at the fate of Europe in a blockbuster election year with Ivan Krastev and Luiza Bialasiewicz. How could the Trump effect save us from our own new right and where will the EU stand at the end of 2017?Watch the video!
How social is PiS? Kickstarting the new Poland for Beginner's discussion series, Law and Justice's welfare state looks at the Polish government's social policy and asks how what their policies actually have to offer. Are they really catering to the folk or are their policies just the social icing on the ballot box cake?
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Dictator-in-waiting or man of the people? De Balie look at Erdoğan's rise to power and discuss Turkey's future under his leadership after a year full of turmoil. In the midst of regional conflict, is Turkey now on its way to becoming a dictatorship or is Erdoğan the new father of the people and a figure of stability in troubled times? Watch the recording!
House Description The Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona draws attention to issues affecting contemporary societies, with a special focus on cities and public spaces. Carrying out research, hosting dance, music, film and literature festivals, the CCCB is keen to establish itself as a major space for European cultural dialogue. Read more!