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A polylogue on culture and politics

Debate series From Autumn 2009 to Spring 2011, Eurozine organizes a series of high-profile debates in different central and eastern European cities, including Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Bucharest, Lviv, Sofia, Warsaw and Vienna. Making use of a well-established media platform and a wide-ranging network of editors, authors and intellectuals, the debates will make a substantial contribution to cross-border discussion on cultural identities and the European integration project.

The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is a cooperation of Eurozine with the ERSTE Foundation, realized together with, among others, Critique & Humanism (Sofia), Dilema Veche (Bucharest), HOST (Brno), Kritika & Kontext (Bratislava), Magyar Lettre Internationale (Budapest), Res Publica Nowa (Warsaw) and Center for Urban History of East Central Europe (Lviv).

With the financial support of the European Commission and the ERSTE Foundation.

 

Debate series 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. Read all the debates in the series.

 

Lviv 10 February 2011

Splitting up?

The renationalization of Europe




From Brussels and Berlin to Warsaw and Budapest, Europe is experiencing a renationalization of political life, with countries clawing back the sovereignty they once willingly sacrificed in pursuit of a collective ideal. Belgium – a country that is so divided that, long after elections in June last year, a workable governing coalition has yet to emerge – has just handed over the EU presidency to Hungary, where hard-edged nationalism has gained momentum, aimed not only at minorities, but also at the loss of autonomy that accompanies political union. Many of the new EU members from Central Europe, who have enjoyed full sovereignty only since communism's collapse, are not keen to give it away. As Poland's late president, Lech Kaczynski, put it soon after taking office in 2005, "What interests the Poles is the future of Poland and not that of the EU."

From the point of view of European integration, these are deeply worrying developments. On the other hand, in the context of the collapse of the Soviet Union nationalism has been seen as a liberating force that has enabled "captive nations" to achieve greater control over their destiny. And in Ukraine nationalism is associated not only with the aim to break Russian influence, but also with a strong urge to join the European Union.

What explains nationalism's renewed importance and what distinguishes the various expressions of nationalism across Europe today? Why is nationalism associated with conflict in some cases and not in others? And does it make sense at all to talk in the same terms about contemporary nationalism in eastern and western Europe?

      Speakers:
      David Van Reybrouck (Belgium)
      Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)

      Chair: Sofia Dyak (Center for Urban History of East Central Europe)
      Introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Eurozine)
      and Harald Binder (Center for Urban History of East Central Europe)
      Language: English

      Time: Thursday 10 February, 6:30 p.m.
      Place: Center for Urban History of East Central Europe,
      Vul. Akad. Bohomoltsia 6, Lviv

      PLEASE NOTE! Registration required.
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David Van Reybrouck is a Flemish writer, playwright and cultural historian based in Brussels. He is regarded as the most versatile among the younger generation of Belgian writers and his latest book Congo. A History has been awarded several prizes, including the AKO Literature Prize, Netherland's most prestigious literary award. A longtime op-ed writer for the Flemish national newspaper De Morgen, Van Reybrouck edited a volume on the federal future of Belgium, Waar Belgi‘ voor staat, (Facing Belgium, 2007) and the thought-provoking pamphlet Pleidooi voor populisme (A Plea for Populism, 2008). Van Reybrouck is also the founder of the Brussels Poetry Collective and in 2009 he initiated the Collective's most ambitious project so far: The European Constitution in Verse.

Andriy Shevchenko is a Ukrainian journalist and politician. Under the Kuchma administration, Shevchenko was one of the leaders of the journalists' movement against censorship. In 2001, he left the television channel "Novyi Kanal" due to political pressure and as the Editor-in-Chief of the independent "5th Channel" he played a ley role during the Orange Revolution in 2004. For a short period he was the vice-president of the national television broadcaster, but left his position after the government refused to transform the state broadcaster into a public broadcasting corporation. In 2005 Shevchenko received The Press Freedom Award from Reporters Without Borders. He has also received a number of Ukrainian journalistic awards, including Best News Presenter, Best News Program, and Best Documentary.

Andriy Shevchenko, David Van Reybrouck

Splitting up?

The re-nationalization of Europe

Lviv Perceived loss of sovereignty and rising hostility towards migrants are behind the nationalist revival in many EU member states. Yet in the countries of the former USSR, nationalism is associated with democratization. Can one talk in the same terms about contemporary nationalism in East and West? [Hungarian version added] [ more ]

14.03.2011

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Sofia 6 December 2010

Democracy live

Media, politics and the tyranny of the opinion poll




Europe's current crisis is about more than money. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, in his famous "battle for survival" speech, recently pointed not only to the crisis of the euro as a threat to the European integration project, but also to a European crisis of democracy, characterized by the rise of populism and a surge in "anti-politics".

Many analysts have identified the media as the single most important factor in a development that changes the rules of democracy. According to Bulgarian cultural anthropologist Ivaylo Ditchev, the marketization of the media combines with digital media technology to create a political order determined by public opinion. The permanent live communication between the governing and the governed leaves no space for the accumulation of authority. In political decision-making, the question whether opinion is right or wrong becomes secondary to its legitimacy as a form of feedback.

What does this mean for citizens' trust in the political system and for democracy as such?

      Speakers:
      Judith Vidal-Hall (London)
      Ivaylo Ditchev (Sofia)

      Chair and introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Eurozine)
      Language: English

      Time: Monday 6 December, 7 p.m.
      Place: The Red House, Lyuben Karavelov 15, Sofia


Judith Vidal-Hall is a British journalist and broadcaster. For 14 years, between 1993 and 2007, she was the editor of Index on Censorship. She was a founding editor of Guardian Third World Review, a monthly supplement in the London Guardian, launched in 1978. For the first time in the western mainstream media, this gave a voice to writers and journalists from the Third World to represent the reality of their own countries. Currently, she edits the series "Manifestos for the 21st Century" published by Seagull Books. She has been a regular columnist for the Times Literary Supplement and frequently appears on BBC radio and several TV channels, including CNN, BBC World and BBC 24.

Ivaylo Ditchev is professor of cultural anthropology at the St Kliment Ohridsky University in Sofia, where he conducts research on cities, migration and practices of citizenship. He is a regular contributor to international journals such as the German edition of Lettre International and Eurozine. He also writes for the Bulgarian daily Sega and the weekly Capital. His most recent books are Citizens Beyond Places? New Mobilities, New Borders, New Forms of Belonging (2009) and Desire of Spaces, Spaces of Desire: Studies in Urban Anthropology (2005).

Ivaylo Ditchev, Judith Vidal-Hall

Democracy live

Media, politics and the tyranny of the opinion poll

Sofia The surge in "anti-politics" throughout Europe coincides with media marketization and the rise of digital technologies. How is media change connected to the loss of trust in political institutions and what happens to democracy when political decision-making relies increasingly on the opinion poll? [ more ]

14.03.2011

Further reading In the Eurozine essay Democracy live, Ivaylo Ditchev describes the effects of what he calls "the culture of constant feedback".

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Bratislava 30 September 2010

Multiculturalism at its limits?

Managing diversity in the new Europe




Cultural diversity is back at the top of the European political agenda. Attitudes towards immigration typically associated with the nationalist Right have become politically mainstream. Minorities are turned into problems as migration makes cultural diversity ever more visible and national cultural identity is perceived as being under threat. Is tolerance a fair-weather phenomenon in Europe?

In western Europe, multiculturalism has been the default strategy to manage diversity. But now, critics say, multiculturalism has failed. The anxious avoidance of conflict and the emphasis on collective rights are based on misguided assumptions of cultural identity, they say. Enlightenment values are jeopardized when the appeasement of religious and cultural sensibilities is regarded more important than the right to freedom of expression or gender equality. The debate about Islam in Europe vividly illustrates the dilemmas involved.

In central and eastern Europe the experience is different. In Slovakia, the approach to minority rights has been largely shaped by relations between Slovaks and Hungarians. The result is that collective rights are viewed with suspicison, as a vehicle towards regional autonomy. Other minorities, most notably the Roma, receive even less recognition.

Diversity will not decrease. Demographic trends suggest that Europe needs immigration if it is to avoid serious long-term economic trouble. That goes for eastern and western Europe alike. If the western model of multiculturalism has reached its limits, what are then the alternatives that can help manage diversity – both in the east and in the west?

      Speakers:
      Kenan Malik (London)
      Fero Sebej (Bratislava)

      Chair: Samuel Abrah‡m (Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts)
      Introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Eurozine)
      Language: English

      Time: Thursday 30 September, 6 p.m.
      Place: Zichy Palace, Venturska 9, Bratislava


Kenan Malik is a British writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Born in India, he grow up in Manchester, UK. He is a writer and presenter on BBC Radio 4's Analysis and a panellist on The Moral Maze. In 2010, his most recent book From Fatwa to Jihad was shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He writes for numerous British and international newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Financial Times, Prospect and Eurozine. An ardent defender of Enlightenment values, secularism and free speech he has become one of the most renown critics of multiculturalism but is an wholehearted defender of an open, diverse and cosmopolitan society.

Fero Sebej is a Slovak politician and writer. He is a member of the Slovak Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and since 2001 Vice-Chairman of the Civic Conservative Party. He studied psychology and until 1989 did extensive clinical research. Since November 1989 he has been involved in politics and has become a prominent columnist. He is former editor of the weeklies Domino and Tyzden. He focuses on transatlantic relations and has been associated with the US neoconservative tradition of political philosophy. He is known as a critic of various aspects of EU politics.

Kenan Malik, Fero Sebej

Multiculturalism at its limits?

Managing diversity in the new Europe

Multiculturalism, the default strategy in western Europe for managing cultural diversity, is increasingly under attack from both Right and Left. If multiculturalism has reached its limits, what are the alternatives that can help manage diversity, both in the East and in the West? [ more ]

18.01.2011

Further reading Kenan Malik has written extensively on the flaws of multiculturalism and free speech, for example in Mistaken identity and How to become a real Muslim.

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Brno 18 May 2010

The critical divide

Marxism: radical alternative or totalitarian relic?




While an historical-materialist approach to both culture and society has strong critical potential in western Europe, many eastern European intellectuals regard it sceptically. After 1989, Marxist ideas and theories were tainted by their connection to state socialism, and are still linked with totalitarianism. Does Marxism – or even leftist politics – mean one thing in the West and another in the East? The Brno debate provides the opportunity for a dialogue between western and eastern European intellectual traditions, at the same time challenging exactly these stereotypes.

      THE CRITICAL DIVIDE
      Marxism: radical alternative or totalitarian relic?


      Speakers:
      Benedict Seymour (London)
      Jir’ Pehe (Prague)

      Chair: Marek Seckar (HOST)
      Introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Eurozine)
      Language: English

      Time: Tuesday 18 May, 6 p.m.
      Place: The Brno House of Arts, MalinovskŽho n‡m. 2, Brno


Benedict Seymour is a writer, filmmaker and a contributing editor of Mute magazine. He has written and made films about urban regeneration and gentrification with the research group The London Particular, and explored the links between financialization and cultural-social contraction in a number of articles and essays, including "Drowning by Numbers: The Non-Reproduction of New Orleans". He is currently working on a film about the origins of the financial crisis in the obsolescence of the value-form – working title, "The Price of Everything". He holds the position of Lecturer in Fine Art on the MFA at Goldsmiths College London.

Jir’ Pehe is the Director of New York University in Prague. At the end of the 1990s, he was Director of the Political Department of Czech President Vaclav Havel and has also worked as an analyst of Central European affairs and later as Director of Central European Research at the Research Institute of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany. After receiving a doctorate in law from the School of Law of Charles University, he fled from Czechoslovakia in 1981 and later graduated from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in New York. He is a regular contributor to the Czech and international press and is a commentor for Czech Television and Radio.

Jirí Pehe, Benedict Seymour

The critical divide

Marxism: Radical alternative or totalitarian relic?

marxism While an historical-materialist approach to both culture and society has strong critical potential in western Europe, many eastern European intellectuals regard it sceptically. Does Marxism – or even leftist politics – mean one thing in the West and another in the East? [ more ]

18.11.2010

Further reading Writing in 2006, Jir’ Pehe asks why the Czech communist party attracts votes despite having failed to apologize for the past or undergo reforms. And Benedict Seymour writes on the "disaster-catalyzed primitive accumulation" that hit New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Bucharest 31 March 2010

Economy and ethics in crisis

A new-old east-west divide?






When the financial crisis made clear the extent of western banks' involvement in eastern European economies, concerns surfaced about the effects on western economies, re-awakening perceptions of the East as unruly and unpredictable. In the East, meanwhile, suspicions were reinforced that the West was interested in the new EU member states only insofar as they provided an opportunity to expand existing markets.

What are the ethical and political implications of a globalized economy in general, and of western companies' expansion in eastern Europe in particular? Does the financial crisis mark the end of neoliberal politics? What does the European integration project really mean, not only economically but also at a social and cultural level? Has the failure of existing political and economic structures in the current situation opened up a new-old east-west divide?

      Speakers:
      Robert Misik (Vienna)
      Daniel Daianu (Bucharest)

      Chair: Mircea Vasilescu (Dilema veche)
      Introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Eurozine)
      Language: English

      Time: Wednesday 31 March, 6 p.m.
      Place: Romanian Cultural Institute, 38 Aleea Alexandru, Bucharest

Robert Misik is an Austrian author and journalist. He is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers in Germany and Austria, including Die Tageszeitung, Der Standard, Profil and Falter. In 1999 he was awarded the Bruno-Kreisky-Preis for the Political Book and in 2008 the Austrian State Prize for cultural journalism. Misik has written extensively on the consequences of globalization, establishing himself as a fierce critic of neoliberalism and a proponent of state regulation of the economy.

Daniel Daianu is a Romanian economist. In the 1990s, he was the Finance Minister of Romania and the Chief Economist of the Romanian National Bank. From 2007 to 2009, he was an MEP belonging to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He is also an associate member of the Romanian Academy and a professor of public finance at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. Daianu has taken a strong position against western European banks receiving state aids to withstand the crisis, while at the same time speculating against eastern European currencies with disastrous effects on emerging economies in the region.

Daniel Daianu, Robert Misik

Economy and ethics in crisis

A new-old East-West divide?

bucharest The aggressive monetary policies of western financial institutions were a major factor for the crisis of eastern European economies after the bubble burst in 2008. What are the ethical and political implications of western investment in eastern Europe and the globalized economy as a whole? [ more ]

14.03.2011

Further reading In "For a return to common sense", Daniel Daianu criticizes neoliberal development policies that are too general, unqualified, and divorced from "concrete local conditions" and predicts the prominent return of Keynes and the idea of government intervention in the wake of the crisis. On a different note, Robert Misik writes about the shopping mall as paradigmatic site of lifestyle capitalism in "Simulated cities, sedated living".

Focal Point Sound in principle or sick at heart? Eurozine has compiled articles on the financial crisis under Durkheim's memorable phrase: "The malady of infinite aspiration?".

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Warsaw 27 October 2009

Breaking the bonds of national mythology

Memory and European citizenship




In many European countries, post-war nationhood has been built on myths of general resistance against fascism, often combined with a nationally framed approach to history that clash with that of neighbouring states. Politics of memory is at play in conflicts between fellow EU states such as Poland and Germany, but also countries like Sweden and Switzerland have yet to come to terms with their recent history. What is the role of intellectuals in disputes over a contested past and can cross-border journalism help build an element of real universality into the European project? Must a European citizenship worthy of its name not also include the right and duty of everyone, regardless of nationality and background, to treat rights issues on a transnational basis?

      Speakers:
      Arne Ruth (Stockholm)
      Danuta Glondys (Krak—w)

      Chair: Wojciech Przybylski (Res Publica Nowa)
      Introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Eurozine)
      Language: English

      Time: Tuesday 27 October, 6 p.m.
      Place: University of Warsaw, Aula Starej Biblioteki UW

Arne Ruth is a Swedish editor and journalist. He was born in Goleni—w (today in Poland) in 1943. Two years later he came to Sweden on one of the so-called White Buses organised by the Bernadotte Aid. In 1982, he became editor-in-chief and cultural editor at Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's largest morning daily. He left his position in 1998, voicing sharp criticism of monopoly tendencies involving the parent company. During Ruth's final period in office, reports in Dagens Nyheter about forced sterilization and the Nazi gold question influenced the Swedish government to set up special investigative commissions.

Danuta Glondys is director of the Villa Decius Association in Krak—w and a consultant on cultural management and civil society development. Between 1999 and 2001 she was regional director of the USAID programme of development of local government and from 1993 until 1999 she was head of the Culture Department of the Municipality of Krak—w, where she curated the city's programme for the 2000 European Capital of Culture. She is a member of the international jury of the European Commission, selecting and monitoring European Capitals of Culture.

Danuta Glondys, Arne Ruth

Breaking the bonds of national mythology

Memory and European citizenship

warsaw In many European countries, a nationally framed approach to history clashes with those of neighbouring states. What is the role of intellectuals in disputes over contested history and can cross-border journalism build an element of real universality into the European project? [ more ]

14.03.2011

Further reading In "Myths of neutrality", Arne Ruth shows how, In Sweden and Switzerland, complicity in the Holocaust was for a long time ignored. It was only as a result of foreign publicity that national myths of neutrality gave way to admissions of responsibility. Danuta Glondys deals with the topic in "The revenge of memory".

Warsaw partners

 

Budapest 29 September 2009

Dilemma '89

"My father was a communist"




Twenty years after 1989, most former communist states in central and eastern Europe are members of the EU; others are waiting in line. But the transition from closed to open societies is far from over. Fierce debates on lustration and information surfacing from previously closed archives show that, today, 1989 represents not only an historic moment of liberation but also a political and social dilemma. What approach to history will prevail?

      Speakers:
      Martin M. Simecka (Bratislava)
      L‡zsl— Rajk (Budapest)

      Chair: Eva Karadi (Magyar Lettre Internationale)
      Introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Eurozine)
      Language: English

      Time: Tuesday 29 September, 6 p.m.
      Place: Collegium Budapest, I. Szenth‡roms‡g u. 2., Budapest

Martin M. Simecka is a Slovak author and journalist. He was one of the few Slovak writers who published in the "samizdat literature" during communism, as did his father Milan Simecka. Simecka's novel The Year of the Frog has been translated to English and French. In 1990 he founded the independent publishing house Archa. He later became editor-in-chief of Domino-forum, a Slovak weekly. From 1997 to 2006 he acted as editor-in-chief of SME, Slovakia's leading daily newspaper, in 2006 to 2008 as editor-in-chief of Respekt, and from 2009 as editor and contributor.

L‡szl— Rajk is an Hungarian architect and designer. He is the son of L‡szl— Rajk, the former communist foreign minister and most prominent victim of the R‡kosi show trials of 1949. In 1975, L‡szl— Rajk jr. joined the underground political movement in Hungary and as an architect he was a member of the avantgarde movement. In 1981 he co-founded the independent AB Publishing House and in 1988 he was one of the founders of the liberal party Alliance of Free Democrats. After the first free elections in 1990 he served six years in the Hungarian Parliament.

László Rajk, Martin M. Simecka

Dilemma '89: My father was a communist

Debate Two sons of well-known persecuted communists discuss the still unanswered questions surrounding the involvement of their fathers' generation in post-war communism, and the failings of today's debate about the past in the former communist countries. [ more ]

07.05.2010

Further reading Don't miss Martin M. Simecka's Eurozine article "Still not free", on why post-'89 history must go beyond self-diagnosis, and, in Salon, "My father's generation", Simecka's account of the so-called Kundera affair.

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At a time when the global pull of democracy has never been stronger, the crisis of democracy has become acute. Eurozine has collected articles that make the problems of democracy so tangible that one starts to wonder if it has a future at all, as well as those that return to the very basis of the principle of democracy. [more]

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