How much does who we were shape who we are? 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.
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!
From one extreme to another? In the 90s, people in the Eastern Bloc looked West as they emerged from the Soviet sphere. Through shock therapy or more gradual methods, 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 and do we now stand at the end of the new order, less than three decades after its inception? Watch the video highlights!
TTT debate transcripts
This is a transcript of the Kultura Liberalna seminar Byliśmy głupi [We were stupid], which featured Polish philosopher Marcin Król discussing the Round Table and other critical events of 1989 with the Kultura Liberalna employees Łukasz Pawłowski and Tomasz Sawczuk. To read the transcript or to proceed to its Polish-language original, click here.
TTT debate recordings
These pages contain recordings from Project Forum’s 2014 edition of the Central European Forum, taken over a three day period in November. 2014’s CEF was entitled Us and Them and focussed on emerging divisions between and within European states, looking at the fragmentation of society, the crisis in Ukraine and the attitudes of today’s generation in regard to the actions of their parents in 1989. Watch the videos!
Unofficial histories Krytyka Polityczna continue their Poland for Beginners series with a look back at the history of the transition and the events leading up to 1989. Join Maciej Gdula as he dissects the official narratives and looks at two decades of dissent. Watch the recording!
Fault lines 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. Watch the recordings!
Us and them In the third of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House looks at the distrust of institutions and figures of authority that is becoming imbedded in Bulgarian society. Looking at how the situation has developed, The Red House finds itself asking how the process of transition has destroyed trust and if it's still possible to achieve change in its absence? Watch the video highlights!