Central European Forum 2010


4:30 p.m. Conference Opening

Iveta RadičováPrime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava

5:00 – 8:30 p.m.)(Panel 1: The Roots of Anger

How does it feel to be a minority in Central Europe today? How does it feel to be a Roma? Why do the Roma long to escape from this part of the world and why is that it nobody wants them? What does the Roma issue tell us about our way of thinking, about democratic systems and about Europe?

PANEL)(Zygmunt Bauman – sociologist, Leeds; György Dragomán – writer, Budapest; Mircea Cartarescu – writer, Bucharest; Jáchym Topolwriter, Prague; Jeanette Mazziniová – teacher and journalist, Bratislava; Franzobel – writer, Vienna

CHAIR)(Slavenka Drakulić – writer, Stockholm – Zagreb


SATURDAY 6 November 2010

10:00 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.)(Panel 2: The End of Politics

What happens to ideologies as the centre of power shifts from politics to economics? Is the era of classical politics coming to an end? What are the chances of ordinary citizens being able to influence public life and what can we do to safeguard our freedom? How great is the temptation to give up critical thinking?

PANEL)(Zygmunt Bauman – sociologist, Leeds; Marcia Pally – political scientist and columnist, New York; Claus Offe – sociologist, Berlin; László Földényi – writer, Budapest; Martin C. Putna – literature scholar and writer, Prague; Ivaylo Ditchev – cultural anthropologist, Sofia

CHAIR)(Martin M. Šimečka – writer and journalist, Bratislava

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.)(Panel 3: The Square of Dissent

On 25 August 1968 eight Soviet citizens protested against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in Moscow’s Red Square. Their protest was dispersed within five minutes and the protesters spent years incarcerated in prisons, labour camps and psychiatric institutions.

GUESTS)(Natalia Gorbanevskaya; Viktor Faynberg

INTRODUCED BY)(Irena Brežná – writer, Basle, and Michael Kocáb – musician and politician, Prague

3:45 – 7:00 p.m.)(Panel 4: Which Way Forward for Central Europe?

How will Central Europe deal with its experience as a passive victim of history? Will it still be able to assert the value of human rights? And what role will it play in a multipolar world?

PANEL)(Karel Schwarzenberg  – politician, Prague; Adam Michnik – historian and journalist, Warsaw; Laurent Binet – writer, Paris; László Rajk – architect, Budapest; Andrei Dynko – journalist, Minsk

CHAIR)(Martin Bútora – sociologist, Bratislava

Central European Forum 2010 is organized by Project Fórum in conjunction with the Václav Havel Library in Prague. In addition, we are hoping to secure the support and cooperation of a number of domestic and international partners and donors including the ERSTE Stiftung, the Central European Fondation, the International Visegrad Foundation, the Office of the Municipality of Bratislava, the Bratislava Regional Council, Slovenská sporiteľňa, embassies of the USA, UK, the Netherlands and Poland, the Goethe Institute, the Open Society Foundation, Západoslovenská energetika, T-com.