Central European Forum 2014 Programme

Bratislava, November 1989. Photo: Peter Župník

FRIDAY 14 November

Moyzes Hall, Gondova 2, Bratislava


Twenty-five years later (Invitation only)

Opening speeches: Dana Němcová (Czech Republic) – Martin Bútora (Slovakia) – Sir Robert Cooper (UK) – Franz-Karl Prüller (Austria) – Julia Sherwood (Slovakia / UK)


SATURDAY 15 November

Štúdio L + S, Námestie 1. Mája 5, Bratislava




A Divided Europe  

What does the conflict over Ukraine mean for Central Europe? What is an ethical and what is a meaningful stand vis-à-vis Russia? And which of the harsh historical lessons are more relevant today? Is it 1938 – aggression won’t stop of its own accord unless we take a stand? Or, going further back in history, is it 1914 – if we allow war to flare up, will it stop of its own accord? And what damage have recent developments inflicted on the idea of Visegrad and, more generally, that of Central Europe?

Biljana Srbljanović (Serbia) – Sir Robert Cooper (UK) – Vasyl Cherepanyn (Ukraine) – Ivan Gabal (Czech Republic) – Ivan Krastev (Bulgaria) – Ingo Schulze (Germany). Chair: Aleksander Kaczorowski (Poland)


The shrinking public space

We seem to be living in an era of disappearing privacy as well as rapidly shrinking public spaces. How did this happen and what does it mean for us?

Václav Bělohradský (Czech Republic) – Gilles Lipovetsky (France). Chair: Michal Havran (Slovakia)


SUNDAY 16 November

Štúdio L + S, Námestie 1. Mája 5, Bratislava


Us and Them

Society has become hopelessly divided into sections incapable of communicating with one another, everyone feeling victimized by the others. This phenomenon, a kind of poisoning of the collective mind, has affected and, to some degree paralyzed, countries of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the US and other parts of the world. What is its cause and what are its implications?

Zora Bútorová (Slovakia) – Mitchell Cohen (US) – Gyorgy Dalos (Hungary) – Haris Pašović (Bosnia-Herzegovina) – Jurko Prochasko (Ukraine). Chair: Thierry Chervel (Germany)


Belarus Free Theatre

Discover Love

The play Discover Love has been awarded the French Republic Human Rights Prize and was named the best Off-Off Broadway production by the New York Bloggers’Association.

Marina Yurevich – Pavel Radak Haradnicki – Aleh Sidorchyk

(Performed in Russian with English subtitles)


Theatre and Freedom

Discussion with the Belarus Free Theatre directors

Natalia Kaliada – Nikolaj Khalezin (Belarus). Chair: Ján Šimko (Slovakia)


MONDAY 17 November

Štúdio L + S, Námestie 1. Mája 5, Bratislava


The Sticking Point

Traditional family as a moral value is the greatest weapon used by Putin’s Russia in its ideological offensive: Europe will corrupt us. Which concept is more artificial – tradition or human rights?

Maria Lipman (Russia) – Jacek Dehnel (Poland) – Leonidas Donskis (Lithuania) – Robert Menasse (Austria). Chair: Michal Hvorecký (Slovakia)


Fathers and Children of the Revolution

People who were too young to take part in the revolutions of 1989 are now saying: the only role your revolution has ultimately assigned to us is that of industrious multipliers of our own wealth. What if that is not enough for us?

Mary Kaldor (UK) – Fatos Lubonja (Albania) – Slawomir Sierakowski (Poland). Chair: Martin M. Šimečka (Slovakia)



FRIDAY 14 November

Goethe Institute Library, Panenská 682/33, Bratislava


Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) at the Goethe Institute Library,

Ten years in the EU: the Slovak and Czech path. Launch of a new IVO book that seeks answers to the question of how EU membership has affected people’s everyday lives, the functioning of democratic institutions, human rights and minority rights, civil society development, sense of European solidarity and support for the EU’s fundamental values.

Oľga Gyarfášová (Slovakia) – Jarmila Lajčáková (Slovakia) – Grigorij Mesežnikov (Slovakia). Chair: Michal Hvorecký (Slovakia)


SUNDAY 16 November

Štúdio L + S, Námestie 1. Mája 5, Bratislava



The vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace remains unfulfilled. However, after several rounds of enlargement, fatigue is apparent in both the European Union and NATO. Are there attractive Russia-centred alternatives to European and Euro-Atlantic integration? What must be done to buttress the aspirations of Ukraine and other nations? Has Central Europe been active enough?

Josef Braml (Germany) – Vasyl Cherepanyn (Ukraine) – Andrej Soldatov (Russia). Chair: Mário Nicolini (Slovakia)

(Co-organised by the Slovak Atlantic Commission, member of the Central European Strategy Council)

TUESDAY 18 November

Klub 77, Horná 54, Banská Bystrica                                                                           


Central European Forum in Banská Bystrica                                                          

Guest speaker: Miroslav Kusý (Slovakia)


WEDNESDAY 19 November

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Mlynské luhy 4, Bratislava


The merit of November ’89 – merit of dissent?                                                                 

Guest speaker: Mitchell Cohen (US)