These page contains recordings from Project Forum’s 2014 edition of the Central European Forum, taken over a three day period in November. This year’s CEF was entitled Us and Them and focussed on emerging divisions between and within European states, looking at the fragmentation of society into interest groups, the crisis in Ukraine and contemporary attitudes of today’s generation to the actions of their parents in 1989. Watch the videos!
Unofficial histories Krytyka Polityczna continue their Poland for Beginners series with a look back at the history of the transition and the events leading up to 1989. Join Maciej Gdula as he dissects the official narratives and looks at two decades of dissent. Watch the recording!
These are transcript excerpts from the Kultura Liberalna debate, I hate politics. On people’s cynicism and the dissolution of trust. To read the transcripts and to gain access to more information about the debate, including video highlights, click here.
A look forward Krytyka Polityczna welcome Slavoj Žižek to Warsaw as they ask - what does Europe want? A discussion between the well-known Slovenian academician and cultural critic and Krytyka Polityczna's very own political commentator, Sławomir Sierakowski. Watch the recording!
A woman's place? Krytyka Polityczna kickstart their Poland for Beginners series with a look at gender and diversity and the origins of mainstream political gender discourse within Poland. Join Agnieszka Graff as she traces the origins of the anti-gender campaign, looking at Poland's ban on abortion, accession to the EU and the rise of the Polish right. Watch the recording!
The state of tomorrow Kultura Liberalna host a discussion looking at the future of the state. In a time in which states are increasingly looking weak, yet simultaneously are becoming expected to do more and more, the guests look at Western examples - both good and bad - and ask what is possible for the Polish state and how it can be realistically reformed to meet the challenges of the future. Video highlights coming soon!
A question of maturity In light of the recent Scottish referendum, the Free Word Centre takes a closer look at the UK's voting age and asks, whether we should all trust 16 year olds with suffrage? With participants from the British Youth Council, the Labour party and various youth representative establishments, this debate assesses the viability of the vote for 16 to 18 year olds and its implications. Video highlights coming soon!
Fault lines 2014's CEF focussed on the concept of "us and them", on 25 years of post-communism in the former Eastern bloc and on emerging societal divisions. Participants came together to discuss a quarter century of freedom and the challenges our societies have to face as we look to the future. Watch the teaser!
Fact or fiction? Depo take a closer look at the Turkish media and its role in society and politics. With Esra Arsan, Sevda Alankuş and Umut Alphan, they look at the way the media has covered key recent events, such as the Gezi park protests and the 17th December processes, and consider how trust for traditional media sources has deteriorated. Watch the video highlights!
Us and them In the third of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House looks at the distrust of institutions and figures of authority that is becoming imbedded in Bulgarian society. Looking at how the situation has developed, The Red House finds itself asking how the process of transition has destroyed trust and if it's still possible to achieve change in its absence? Video highlights coming soon!
Here to stay? The European elections of 2014 sent shockwaves through the European political establishment. deBuren and the Institute of Ideas ask, what significance should be apportioned to these results and how we should perceive the parties involved - how are we to interprete the results of the elections, as populism, protest, a soon to be forgotten blip or the start of something new? Video highlights coming soon!
Back to the drawing board? In the second of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House compares the status of the media in communist Bulgaria with that of its present incarnation. Assessing their levels of independence and the bases of their content, this debate asks, whether the present situation is really any better than that of 1989 and how to ensure that it improves in the future. Video highlights coming soon!