March 27&28: Conference 2014 - "What Europe? Ideals to Fight for Today"

"What Europe?: Ideals to Fight For Today" is the second annual conference held by Bard College Berlin and the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, New York in cooperation with the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, where the conference will take place, and the German Association for East European Research (DGO).

Europe seems beset by the prospect of crisis. And yet its institutions continue to function. The continent remains a zone of economic privilege, a status that exacts other kinds of cost, humanitarian and social. Established political processes continue to operate as usual. At the same time, we witness the rise of protest reactionary and progressive. Our speakers ask what ideals ought to claim the commitment of Europeans today, in a situation combining cynicism and struggle, threat and stability.


Eirini Avramopoulou (ICI Berlin)

Peter Baehr (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Patrick Bahners (F.A.Z.)

Roger Berkowitz (Bard College New York)

Gabriele Freitag (DGO)

Ivan Krastev (Center for Liberal Strategies, Sofia)

Agata Lisiak (Humboldt University and Bard College Berlin)

Rob Riemen (Nexus Institute, the Netherlands)

Walter Russell Mead (Bard College New York)
Timothy Snyder (Yale University)

Ulrike Winkelmann (taz Berlin)

The conference schedule is available here

The conference is a cooperation between Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University, the ICI Berlin, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College in New York, and the German Association for East European Research (DGO)
. Thanks to Poju Zabludowicz for his generous donation that helped make this conference possible.

The conference will take place at: 

ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Christinenstr. 18/19, Haus 8
D- 10119 Berlin
Tel: + 49 30 473 72 91 10
U-bhf Senefelder Platz (U2)

Further details are available at