International conference: Central European Forum
Bratislava, 15-17 November 2013
The Central European Forum, a three-day international conference open to the public, takes place from 15 to 17 November 2013 at the Pisztory Palace in Bratislava.
In 2009, on the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the first Central European Forum was held in Bratislava. Since then, Eurozine has been a media partner of this event, which every year gathers some of Europe’s most interesting writers and intellectuals. The Central European Forum is also a partner of the project Time to Talk, an initiative of ten European “debate houses” to coordinate their efforts and further public debate about European issues.
In 2013, the Central European Forum is organized under the heading “Give the citizen a chance”. “While pluralism has been widely accepted in this part of the world”, write the organizers, “democratic institutions have suffered a rapid decline and loss of credibility. Karel Schwarzenberg, one of this years participants, recently claimed that ‘This will never be the West’. Is there something fundamental that prevents citizens in Central Europe from forming democratic societies?”
The activist titles of this year’s panels range from “Save the citizen!” to “Why is Europe still alive?” and participants include many regular Eurozine contributors: Slavenka Drakulic, Ivan Krastev, Ilija Trojanow, Marci Shore, Ales Debeljak, Leonidas Donskis, Martin Simecka and Egon Gal.
The programme also includes a presentation of the Slovak translation of Timothy Snyder’s book Bloodlands and a special first screening of Slavoj Zizek’s film The Perverts Guide to Ideology at the Pisztory Palace cinema.
Most debates will be broadcasted live on the website of the conference.