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. At Memorial, Professor Winters looks to provide examples of the work which a new generation of transnational historians has been undertaking to challenge national dialectics and to create new transnational histories of key past events. Read more!
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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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!
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. Watch the video highlights!
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 recordings!