Project Forum, Bratislava

Project Forum
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The civic association Project Forum promotes open dialogue about the biggest questions concerning Europe and, in particular, the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
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Why is fascism making a comeback?
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On the anniversary of the founding of the first Slovak Republic and amidst mass political unrest following the murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, Project Forum look at Slovakia's past, current events & the increased appeal of right-wing groups.
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CEF 2016: antidotes to despair
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The 2016 edition of the Central European Forum looked for antidotes to despair in a region staggering under the weight of anti-democratic sentiment. How can we deal with the variety of nihilisms with which we find ourselves confronted and what must we do to ensure that our liberal democracies adapt to the many challenges posed by globalisation?
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The collapse of the new order? From transition to crisis
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In the 90s, people in the Eastern Bloc looked West as they emerged from the Soviet sphere. Most new or reemergent nations liberalised, privatised & deregulated during what came to be known as the transition. How has this impacted upon politics and its perception in the region & do we now stand at the end of the new order, less than three decades after its inception?
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Free speech in Central Europe: where are the boundaries?
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Project Forum look at free speech in Central Europe and the very different scenarios in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. A discussion about the slow and legal process of bringing a country's media scene under state control and the free speech/hate speech dilemma in a time of right wing revival.
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The CEF 2015. Everyone is lying
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The seventh installment of the Central European Forum looked at disinformation and the way that its seeming infiltration of reporting is affecting the way we perceive the world around us. A weekend looking at propaganda, memory, media manipulation, Russia and the West.
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The Central European Forum, 2014 – Us and Them
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2014's CEF focussed on the concept of "us and them", on 25 years of post-communism in the former Eastern bloc and on emerging societal divisions. Participants came together to discuss a quarter century of freedom and the challenges our societies have to face as we look to the future.
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Give citizenship a chance
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While pluralism has become widely accepted in Central Europe, democratic institutions have suffered a rapid decline and a significant loss of credibility. Following Karel Schwarzenberg's observation that “this will never be the West”, Project Forum asks whether we are witnessing the emergence of a specific Central European representative democracy?
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Truth and Love
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In a time of European crisis the Central European Forum looks at the work of Václav Havel and aks where the rising tide of hatred in our societies is coming from, what role aggressive modern variants of populism are playing in this process and how we can stay true to the core values of love and truth.
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