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?
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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? Video highlights coming soon!
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. Watch the videos!
New European narratives De Balie honour the memory of Isaiah Berlin and speak to Philipp Blom and Kalypso Nicolaïdis about the future of Europe. Is empathy between nations key and what might encourage people to engage in the European project? Watch the video!
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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How to stop the regression of democracy? Belgrade's CZKd hosted an international meeting on the regression of democracy in Europe. With representatives of recent social movements and protests, this meeting looked at the methods, ideas, programmes, experiences, chances and obstacles in the fight to build a stronger front for democracy.
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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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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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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!