Central European Forum in Bratislava

International conference, open to the public
5-6 November 2010

The Central European Forum is 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.

While last year the focus was on the past two decades, this year’s Forum will concentrate on the future of Central and Eastern Europe. Under the title Holding on to freedom, four panels will debate the causes for anxiety regarding future concerns, aiming to identify the mechanisms that result in the alienation of individuals from public life while spotlighting the power of invisible structures, corruption and networks of interest.

The panelists will include Jáchym Topol, Vladimir Sorokin, Natalia Gorbanevskaja, Claus Offe, Mircea Cartarescu, Zygmunt Baumann and Adam Michnik.

The two-day programme of debates will be complemented by the exhibition Roads — a visual meditation on the ways to hold on to freedom by photographer Peter Župník.

Venue of the conference: The P.O. Hviezdoslav Theatre, Laurinská 20, Bratislava

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