Central European Forum 2011
16-18 November 2011
“The End of the Future”
From 16 to 18 November Bratislava will host for the third time the Central European Forum, a platform for high-profile debates on current issues regarding Central and Eastern Europe. At its start in 2009, under the patronage of the former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, the Central European Forum commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The conference turned Bratislava into a centre for discourse and reflection on Central and Eastern Europe’s past as well as its outlook on the future.
This year’s panels, which are open to the public, will have the unifying theme “The End of the Future”. The theme reflects the overwhelming sense of uncertainty that penetrates contemporary debates about political and economic challenges in and outside Europe. This state of insecurity leads to a questioning of present systems and fear for what is to come. Thus, distinguished international panellists will discuss the language of fear that dominates public discourse in Central Europe, the roots of protests as well as the hope and scepticism towards the European Union.
The speakers will include Ivan Krastev, Iveta Radičová, Jeremy Rifkin, Dubravka Ugrešić, Jacques Rupnik and Václav Bělohradský. The programme will be complemented by the White Crow Award for courageous civic actions and the exhibition Tracks by Slovak photographer Peter Župník. Included is also the screening of Juanita Wilson’s film As If I Am Not There based on a book by and in the presence of Slavenka Drakulić.
ERSTE Foundation is main partner.