Read away The Freiblickinstitut looks at migration, immigration and exile in a full day comprising both a readathon and a debate. Through literature and discussion they look at how we talk about the movement of peoples and at past scenarios of both such movements and of individual experience.
A world in flux September 2016 sees Vienna's first ever Vienna Humanities Festival. Under this year's motto, andernorts/out of place, the festival will feature around 40 discussions, readings and talks on the movement of ideas, objects and people, seeking to provide clarity on the constant flow of the modern world around us. Recordings coming soon!
Inside the modern Turkish state Turkey is a state of global scale and of utmost importance for Europe and the Middle East, but what do we actually know about the Turkish state, its evolution and society? A discussion with Turkish authors and political commentators on how the modern state of Turkey came about and what its population on both sides of the main current political divides thinks. Listen to the recording!
From inside out With Turkey seemingly never far from the headlines, Index editor Rachael Jolley talks to Kaya Genç about his new book and Turkey's social, historical and geographical dividing lines. Join us as we delve into Turkey and look to find out more about people's concerns within the country
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Sticks and stones...? Satirists and populists both employ deliberately offensive phraseology to make their points, but, while the efforts of the one group are often extolled, those of the other come in for consistent criticism. What really differentiates the two approaches and should it be our duty to restrict speech considered likely to incite violence or is it more important to protect the principles of free speech from a culture of proscription? Watch the video highlights!
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!
Civil action for a reinvigoration of the Republic Krytyka Polityczna's 3rd annual Jacek Kuroń Festival will cast light on the crisis of contemporary democracy, looking at its causes and ways to empower civil society groups to help bring us out of it. As always, the festival will also feature a series of events dedicated to remembering the work and the message of the festival's patron, Jacek Kuroń. Watch the video highlights!
Humanity on the move Free Word, in association with Counterpoint Arts, the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants & a fantastic cast of renowned international authors, presents an evening of discussion and stories, centred around newly arrived communities, the experience of leaving home and what happens to us when we arrive in a new place.
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Do we need them or would we be better off without them? What are taboos and why do they exist? Do they actually play useful roles in our societies or do they help maintain anachronisms and harm our ability to live together in harmony? Free Word, Fritt Ord and Index on Censorship investigate in a discussion which asks "taboos: what's the point?". Watch the recording!
Controlling the news What happens when the media become tools in the pursuit of political and financial goals? A look at the impact which falling journalistic standards and non-transparent media ownership have had on press freedom, the availability of information and democratic process in Bulgaria. Watch the video highlights!
Stronger in or taking control? As the UK's EU referendum looms large, two groups of sixth formers come head to head. This debate sees students of Queens’ School & Havering College pushed to get to grips with the focal points of both the pro and anti EU campaigns while bringing in their own arguments for remaining in or leaving the EU. Read more & listen to the podcast!
What is Europe? While many refugees fled to Europe in 2015, seeking sanctuary within its liberal democracies, many of these same democracies today find themselves in decline, with one of their head's openly speaking of his desire to create an "illiberal state". How has this situation come about, what can we do about it and what does Europe stand for nowadays? Watch the video highlights!