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Timothy Snyder Opens 3rd Vienna Humanities Festival "Power & Powerlessness"

Published: September 14, 2018; 11:13 · (Vindobona)

From 27 to 30 September, the third Vienna Humanities Festival will once again bring together leading figures from science, art and culture in an "urban salon" lasting several days. Around 40 events will be held themed "Power & Powerlessness" to discuss the major issues of our time.

The 3rd Vienna Humanities Festival "Power & Powerlessness" takes place in Vienna from 27 to 30 September 2018 / Picture: © Museen der Stadt Wien (Wien Museum) / Grafik: Olaf Osten

The focus will be on the crisis of democracy, the strengthening of fundamentalist forces and the joint search for solutions.

The festival will be opened by the renowned US historian Timothy Snyder, who will present his new book "The Road to Unfreedom. Russia, Europe, America" as part of a lecture in the Ceremonial Hall of the Vienna City Hall.

Snyder, who works at the IWM (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen / Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna, describes the ascent of the new international "right-wing" generation and shows how much the foundations of our democracy are in danger.

Global political issues will also play a central role in the rest of the programme.

Michael Ignatieff, historian and rector of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, talks about the threat to academic freedom.

Belgian political scientist Chantal Mouffe explains why left-wing populism is needed to counter the new right.

The power of money and finance is the subject of a conversation with Andreas Treichl, outgoing  CEO of Erste Group Bank.

Global political issues will also play a central role in the rest of the programme.
Michael Ignatieff, historian and rector of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, talks about the threat to academic freedom.

Belgian political scientist Chantal Mouffe explains why left-wing populism is needed to counter the new right.

The power of money and finance is the subject of a conversation with Andreas Treichl, still CEO of Erste Group Bank.

A debate on the current #MeToo movement is also on the festival programme, as well as a critical analysis of gender roles and setbacks of the women's rights movement.

Other programme highlights will deal with Austrian history and the present. Three former politicians - Franz Fischler, Ulrike Lunacek and Matthias Strolz - take stock and openly talk about their experiences in the complex power structure of national and European politics.

Furthermore, Ruth Beckermann's new film "Waldheim's Waltz" - winner of the Glashütte Original Documentary Film Award at this year's Berlinale - will have its Vienna premiere at the festival.
On the occasion of the commemoration year 2018, the festival also dedicates to the history of the Republic of Austria.

Leading contemporary historians review the past one hundred years. In addition to the major events of the various decades, the events always focus on the question of "Power & Powerlessness". Usually the starting point is an object characteristic of the decade in question from the collection of the Wien Museum.

Festival participants:

Ruth Beckermann, Birgit Bergmann, Gerhard Botz, Ayşe Buğra, Isolde Charim,Daniel Cohen, Marina Davydova, Neloufer De Mel, Karl Heinz Dellwo, LucilleDreidemy, Franz Fischler, Steffi Franz, Regina Fritz, Michael Gehler, BélaGreskovits, Milan Hanyš, Elisa Heinrich, Elisabeth Holzleithner, Nina Horaczek,Peter Huemer, Michael Ignatieff, Maxim Kantor, Helmut Konrad, Wolfgang Kos,Konrad Paul Liessmann, Damon Linker, Steven Lukes, Ulrike Lunacek, InaMarkova, Thomas Meaney, Yascha Mounk, Chantal Mouffe, Vinh-Kim Nguyen,Alexandra Oetzlinger, Herlinde Pauer-Studer, Bertrand Perz, Martin Pollack, KathaPollitt, Katharina Prager, Doron Rabinovici, Shalini Randeria, Oliver Rathkolb, Manfred Rauchensteiner, Margit Reiter, Elisabeth Röhrlich, Dirk Rupnow, TimothySnyder, Saskia Stachowitsch, Matthias Strolz, Barbara Tóth, Andreas Treichl,Heidemarie Uhl, Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, Mieke Verloo, Elisabeth von Thadden,Oliver Werani, Katarzyna Wężyk and Ruth Wodak.

Further information can be found at: https://www.humanitiesfestival.at

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