Central European Forum 2017 / Programme

CENTRAL EUROPEAN FORUM 2017

HOW A GOOD PERSON TURNS EVIL

BRATISLAVA

STARÁ TRŽNICA/OLD MARKET HALL
)(ATELIÉR BABYLON
)(ASTORKA-KORZO ’90 THEATRE
)(V-KLUB

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FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2017

STARÁ TRŽNICA/OLD MARKET HALL, Námestie SNP 25, Bratislava

19:00 – 19:15

Welcome: In praise of open society

Ján Orlovský, Open Society Foundation Director.

19:15  19:30

The State and Beating 

Opening of an Amnesty International Slovakia exhibition. Address by Anna Neistat, Amnesty International Senior Director for Global Research.

19:30 – 19:50

Musical Guest: Moyzes Quartet

19:50 – 20:05

Opening Adress: What We Represent in Europe

Mikuláš Dzurinda, President of The Martens Centre for European Studies.

20:05 – 21:30

S.O.S. Visegrád

Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia – four countries which in 1989 headed together for Europe. We didn’t think we were going anywhere since we have always been Europeans. Where are we headed today?

Miklós Haraszti (Budapest) – Miroslav Kusý (Bratislava) – Adam Michnik (Warsaw) – Karel Schwarzenberg (Prague). Moderator: Michal Havran (Bratislava).

21:30 – 22:00

Musical Guest: Moyzes Quartet

SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017

ATELIÉR BABYLON, Námestie SNP 14, Bratislava

13:00 – 14:30

E-Team

A gripping documentary about seeking truth and documenting abuses amid the chaos of war and showing Syria and Libya in close-up. Winner of the Candescent Award and documentary cinematography award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

14:30  – 15:30

Anna Neistat: Our summer is over!

Discussion with Anna Neistat, the protagonist of E-Team, reporter and currently Senior Director for research at the world’s largest human rights organisation, Amnesty International. What are the current key global trends in human rights? What is going to happen to human rights in the near future?

Anna Neistat (Paris).  Moderator: Andrej Bán (Bratislava).

18:00 – 20:00

Party of Love

The power of negative emotions in politics cannot be countered by ridding it of emotions altogether. Forced ideologies combined with cynicism destroy politics. Where should we seek solutions?

Slavenka Drakulić (Zagreb) – Max Harris (Auckland/ Oxford) – Ivan Krastev (Sofia) – Tomáš Sedláček (Prague). Moderator: Peter Michalík (Bratislava).

20:00 – 22:00

The World According to Google

The unprecedented democratisation of communications has also brought about an unprecedented threat to democracy, changing the way the economy and political systems work, changing our brains.

Radkin Honzák (Prague) – Roman Koidl (Zürich/Berlin) – Vincenzo Susca (Montpellier) – André Staltz (Helsinki). Moderator: Zuzana Wienk (Bratislava)

SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2017

ASTORKA-KORZO ’90 THEATRE, Námestie SNP 33, Bratislava

16:00 – 16:20

How does a good person turn evil?  

How does civilised society become inhumane? Can this process be halted? Can it be reversed?  “Decent society” as a key word.

Avishai Margalit (Jerusalem) Moderator: Chris Keulemans (Amsterdam).

16:20 – 18:45

How to Avoid Turning Evil?

How does civilised society become inhumane? Do we understand the underlying mechanisms? Do we ourselves actively contribute to them? To answer these questions, moderator Chris Keulemans will explore the Central European experience, the European trauma of World War II, other cultures’ experience with Europe, the universal human make-up – with arguments and stories.

Rasha Khayat (Hamburg) – Jean Hatzfeld (Paris, tbc.)  – Michal Havran (Bratislava) – Hamid Ismailov (Tashkent/London) – Keith Lowe (London) – Avishai Margalit (Jerusalem) – Philipp Ther (Vienna). 

Moderator: Chris Keulemans (Amsterdam).

SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2017

V-KLUB, Námestie SNP 12, Bratislava

19:00 – 20:30

Rendezvous in Bratislava 

Miriam Sherwood and her London-based English-Slovak-Czech company present a ‘granddad cabaret’, introducing her grandfather, Slovak writer Ján L. Kalina, author of the legendary book One Thousand and One Jokes (performed in English with a generous dollop of Slovak.)

Tickets at €5 will be available before individual Central European Forum discussions at Ateliér Babylon and Astorka Korzo ’90 Theatre, and at V-Klub before the show.

Performed by: Miriam Sherwood, Will Gardner, Thom Andrewes, Martin Jeriga, Mária Reháková and Lucie Steiner.

MONDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2017

ASTORKA-KORZO ’90 THEATRE, Námestie SNP 33, Bratislava

18:00 – 19:30

A Lesson in Defiance with Lyudmila Ulitskaya 

The celebrated Russian writer will discuss civil courage and civil reality in present-day Russia. The programme will include a reading from her novel Jacob’s Ladder, recently published in Ján Štrasser’s Slovak translation.

Lyudmila Ulitskaya (Moscow).  Moderator: Michal Hvorecký (Bratislava). 

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