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Hope and Despair, Vienna Humanities Festival 2019
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The Vienna Humanities Festival returns for its fourth incarnation in September 2019, this time looking at the impact of multiple interlinked global crises upon the state of democracy and contemplating how we can plan for the continued pursuit of a progressive, democratic future.
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Festival of Ideas on Europe
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The Red House co-hosts the first-ever Sofia Festival of Ideas, looking at Europe and our conceptualisations of it in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May. What has changed in the way we look at Europe and can we come up with new ideas to help restore confidence amidst ongoing turbulence?
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Francis Fukuyama: against identity politics
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De Balie welcome the renowned American political scientist, Francis Fukuyama, to a discussion with Yoeri Albrecht about Fukayama's new book on identity politics and his proposals for their acknowledgement and incorporation into our models of liberal democracy.
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The play’s the thing: what happens when theatre gets censored?
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Index Editor Rachael Jolley talks to the Globe to Globe Hamlet actors, Phoebe Fildes and Matthew Romain, about theatre censorship throughout the world and closer to home, discussing cases in the UK, the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East.
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Étienne Balibar: for another Europe!
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With European parliamentary elections due in two months, De Balie discuss the Dutch release of Étienne Balibar's collected thinking on the need for a federalised European state. Join Étienne Balibar, Laurens Jan Brinkhorst & Judith Sargentini as they debate possible European futures.
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Mind the gap: illiberal democracy and the crisis of representation
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Representatives of cultural journals from across Europe look at illiberalism and the failure of institutional politics, discussing populism, the role of the liberal media, media pluralism, cultural journalism & the relationship between the internet and democracy.
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Battle of Ideas 2018
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The Battle of Ideas returns for another year of provocative and challenging debate. With 100+ speakers, the Barbican Centre will play host to debates on a number of diverse themes, from #MeToo to Big Tech via drill music and Brexit. Come and join the debate.
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Democracy under siege
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What is the biggest threat to democracy: the rising tide of populism or the creeping onset of technocracy? This Battle of Ideas debate looks at deteriorating faith in democracy and the threat from both authoritarian and bureaucratic challenges, asking how we can revitalise Western democracy.
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National identity and belonging: what does it mean to be a citizen?
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What does it mean to be the citizen of a nation state? This Battle of Ideas debate explores the questions raised by Brexit, migration, home-grown terrorists in Syria and the Windrush scandal, looking at what citizenship means in the globalised world of the 21st century.
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Power & Powerlessness, Vienna Humanities Festival 2018
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The Vienna Humanities Festival returns to look at the dynamics of power and powerlessness in 39 discussions with renowned speakers, five screenings of related classic & contemporary films and a performance of Vyrypaev's The Iran Conference.
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Europe: from hope to disaffection. A Mediterranean view
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In a day of seminars, the CCCB & the British Academy look at the shift in perceptions of the EU from the perspective of Southern Europe, tracing how the European project has gone from being greeted as a positive development to having increasingly negative associations.
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After Europe
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The OLF hosts Donatas Puslys & Aurimas Švedas in discussion with Ivan Krastev on the future of Europe. What lies behind the change in politics in Central and Eastern Europe and what could the continued development of these dynamics mean for both these states and Europe as a whole?
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