The promise recalled: Reads

Writings from the speakers of the 30th European Meeting of Cultural Journals in Berlin

The conference ‘Europe ’89: the promise recalled’ took place 1-3 November 2019 in Berlin. Below you find the speakers’ articles published in Eurozine.

Part 1: The Promise

The Saturday programme started at 10 AM, opened by Karl Schlögel’s lecture. The article based on this speech, This mess of troubled times, was published soon after in Eurozine.

Mr Schlögel followed up this talk with an inter-generational discussion with Karolina Wigura, on the significance of ’89/’91 for our understanding of contemporary politics and society in Europe.

Part 2: Reality check

In the afternoon, Ferenc Laczó and Luka Lisjak Gabrijelcic presented the upcoming anthology developed from the Eurozine focal point The legacy of division which they have curated.

Susan Neiman, Gary Younge and Jan Plamper discussed ‘Belonging in Europe’ – the nation state, with regards to sovereignty and solidarity. Gary Younge’s address was published by the title The price of dishonesty.

Philipp Ther looked at the transformation of European economies after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and in light of the 2008 economic crisis.

Part 3: Recall

Claus Leggewie discussed the future of protest movements with today’s leading activists: Helena Marschall (Fridays For Future, Germany), Radu Vancu, (‘We See You’ Movement, Romania) and Dóra Papp (civic campaigner, Hungary).

A Political matinee

In a Sunday morning discussion, Ivan Krastev and Holly Case looked at how the image of 1989 has transformed in contemporary politics.

The 30th European Meeting of Cultural Journals took place in Berlin, Germany from 1 to 3 November 2019. The meeting was organized by Eurozine, together with Berlin-based Eurozine partner journals Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik and Osteuropa, in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and co-funded by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The conference brought together representatives of Eurozine’s partner journals and associates, journalists, researchers and other culture and media professionals. Parts of the conference programme were open to the public and streamed live in Eurozine.

Published 1 November 2019
Original in English


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