“Freedom of opinion is a farce unless factual information is guaranteed,” Hannah Arendt argued in her famous essay Truth and Politics. We still remember how dangerous factual information was deemed to be under dictatorship.
Over the past few months Central and Eastern Europe, which celebrated its psychological and physical return to Europe in the autumn 1989, has started to slide back to the margins of the continent for reasons very different from those in the 20th century. It is not so much the influx of refugees that our region seems to be so worked up about, as the influx of myths, half-truths and disinformation that poses the real danger.
On the eve of the Velvet Revolution anniversary Central European Forum 2015 invites you to discuss the causes and possible solutions with writers, sociologists and political scientists from all over Europe as well as the local public.
We look forward to seeing you at the Astorka-Korzo ’90 Theatre, Café Berlinka and several other venues from 13 – 17 November 2015.