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Einstein Forum
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The Einstein Forum is a public think-tank which provides a home for critical thinking outside the constraints of ordinary university discourse. Through lectures, workshops and conferences that are open to everyone, the Einstein Forum serves a double function: to give the general public the opportunity to engage with major thinkers at work, and to encourage those thinkers to overcome traditional academic boundaries. At their best, such exchanges not only make available opportunities traditionally confined to elite audiences, but also lead to a democratization of the intellectual process itself.

Established in 1993, the Einstein Forum is a catalyst for the kind of wide-ranging, cross-disciplinary projects which are often demanded but seldom rewarded. Here new and provocative work can be tried out in an open, informal atmosphere. Some of the ideas presented here has taken further shape in one of the Einstein Forum's book series. Others have served as the basis for working research groups. Conceived as a laboratory of the mind, the Einstein Forum is prepared to try many approaches to see what will bear fruit.

The Einstein Forum is located at the crossroads of discussion in eastern and western Europe. Visitors enjoy the quiet beauty of a lovely eighteenth century square in Potsdam and the cultural riches of downtown Berlin. Operating expenses are provided by the State of Brandenburg, while individual programs and projects are supported by grants from public institutions and private sponsors.


Das Einstein Forum versteht sich als spartenübergreifendes, internationales Laboratorium des Geistes. Es wurde 1993 als Stiftung des Öffentlichen Rechts des Landes Brandenburg gegründet. Den Geist des Nobelpreisträgers hält das Einstein Forum wach, indem es die besten Denker unserer Zeit dazu einlädt, gemeinsam das zu tun, was der Universalist Einstein noch in einer Person verband: über die Grenzen hinweg mit neuen Ideen zu experimentieren. Experten aus aller Welt greifen hier die aktuellen Positionen aus Politik, Wissenschaft, Kunst und Wirtschaft auf, um sie weiterzuführen. Das Einstein Forum ist damit ein Katalysator für eben jene interdisziplinären und zukunftsweisenden Projekte, die so oft gefordert und doch so selten gefördert werden.

Die zahlreichen öffentlichen Konferenzen, Workshops und Vortragsreihen werden oft in Kooperation mit ausgewählten Institutionen aus dem In- und Ausland durchgeführt. Viele der Ideen, die im Einstein Forum präsentiert oder entwickelt wurden, sind später von meinungsbildenden Medien reproduziert sowie in den Publikationsreihen des Forums veröffentlicht worden.

Im historischen Zentrum Potsdams gelegen, ist das Einstein Forum außerdem auch für die Nutzung und Verwaltung des ehemaligen Sommerhauses von Albert Einstein in Caputh verantwortlich.

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The Einstein Fellowship

Awarded by the Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation

The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. [more]



Focal points     click for more

The politics of privacy
The Snowden leaks and the ensuing NSA scandal made the whole world debate privacy and data protection. Now the discussion has entered a new phase - and it's all about policy. A focal point on the politics of privacy: claiming a European value. [more]

Beyond Fortress Europe
The fate of migrants attempting to enter Fortress Europe has triggered a new European debate on laws, borders and human rights. A focal point featuring reportage alongside articles on policy and memory. With contributions by Fabrizio Gatti, Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Leogrande. [more]

Russia in global dialogue
In the two decades after the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe has intensified. It has not, however, prompted a common conversation. The focal point "Russia in global dialogue" seeks to fuel debate on democracy, society and the legacy of empire. [more]

Ukraine in focus
Ten years after the Orange Revolution, Ukraine is in the throes of yet another major struggle. Eurozine provides commentary on events as they unfold and further articles from the archive providing background to the situation in today's Ukraine. [more]

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On the Eurozine BLOG, editors and Eurozine contributors comment on current affairs and events. What's behind the headlines in the world of European intellectual journals?
Victor Tsilonis
Greek bailout referendum, Euro Summit, Germope
Victor Tsilonis of "Intellectum" (Greece) comments on recent developments in the Greek crisis: the short-lived euphoria of the 5 July referendum, Alexis Tsipras's subsequent "mental waterboarding", and the outlook for a German-led Europe. [more]

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Time to Talk, a network of European Houses of Debate, has partnered up with Eurozine to launch an online platform. Here you can watch video highlights from all TTT events, anytime, anywhere.
Neda Deneva, Constantina Kouneva, Irina Nedeva and Yavor Siderov
Does migration intensify distrust in institutions?
How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As a new wave of populism feeds on and promotes fears of migration, aggrandising itself through the distrust it sows, The Red House hosts a timely debate with a view to untangling the key issues. [more]

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Timothy Snyder
Europe and Ukraine: Past and future
The history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. Prior to Ukraine's presidential elections in May 2014, Timothy Snyder argued cogently as to why Ukraine has no future without Europe; and why Europe too has no future without Ukraine. [more]

Literature     click for more

Karl Ove Knausgård
Out to where storytelling does not reach
To write is to write one's way through the preconceived and into the world on the other side, to see the world as children can, as fantastic or terrifying, but always rich and wide-open. Karl Ove Knausgård on creating literature. [more]

Jonathan Bousfield
Growing up in Kundera's Central Europe
Jonathan Bousfield talks to three award-winning novelists who spent their formative years in a Central Europe that Milan Kundera once described as the kidnapped West. It transpires that small nations may still be the bearers of important truths. [more]

Literary perspectives
The re-transnationalization of literary criticism
Eurozine's series of essays aims to provide an overview of diverse literary landscapes in Europe. Covered so far: Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Estonia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Hungary. [more]

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Europe talks to Europe
Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

Conferences     click for more

Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

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Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]

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