Solidarity in times of division The second Jacek Kuroń Festival takes place in an extended format and with a special focus on solidarity in times of division. Featuring distinguished speakers from around the world, the festival's strong point lies in socio-political debates, but there is a wide spectrum of accompanying events, including film screenings, discovery walks, open seminars and critical art. Read more!
The end of the secular state? The CCCB hosts Professor Charles Taylor on the occasion of A Secular Age's translation into Spanish. A discussion about the diversification of spiritual inclinations in the Western world, how Western states are approaching this new pluralism and the pros and contras of their various approaches. Read more!
The event programme for Festiwal Kuronia 2015. Read more!
How to stop the decline? Depot hosts journalists from diverse media outlets as they speak on the current state of traditional journalistic mediums and on how they themselves seek to deal with a loss of trust and dwindling print runs. A discourse on the dilemmas facing traditional media formats in a digital and commercialised media landscape. Video highlights coming soon!
The art of politics In this Poland for beginners discussion, Igor Stokfiszewski looks at politically engaged art and the impact it can have on the political realities we live with. With particular reference to the Polish artists of the transition, Igor introduces us to both modern political art per se and the very specific Polish take on such. Watch the recording!
Fortress Europe? As we hear more and more about refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, Freiblick looks at the question of borders and asks how Europe can improve its present stance towards migration to avoid such tragedies happening in the future. Recording coming soon!
A matter of interpretation The way we perceive our societies is based upon our understanding of their historical evolution, which itself is often a result of narrow national narratives. Professor Winters speaks of the work which a new generation of transnational historians has been undertaking to challenge national dialectics and to create new broader histories of key past events. Watch the recording!
Coming over here, taking our... How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As we see a new wave of populism feed on and promote fears of migration, then grow large on the backs of the distrust it has sewn, The Red House looks to untangle the many woven threads linking populism, migration and institutional mistrust. Video highlights coming soon!
The nature of the beast What is capitalism? In this discussion, Professor Geoffrey Hodgson attacks what he sees as widespread misunderstandings of its very nature and proposes a new understanding, based on referral to its historical basis and, in particular, to the ideas of Victorian economist Henry Dunning MacLeod, best known for his work on credit and its centrality within capitalist societies. Watch the recording!
The state of identity in Europe The CCCB hosts Professor Seyla Benhabib as she looks at current conceptions of citizenship within Europe and their relationship to our systems of social and political rights and the phenomena of the decreasing power of the nation state and mass migration.
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The architectural legacy Georg Schöllhammer's VCRC lecture looks to introduce the uninitiated to the work of the Local Modernities project in the fields of Soviet modernism and urban planning. This lecture thus provides both an overview of the work which the project has undertaken so far and a sketch of its intentions for the future. Watch the recording!
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!