Debating Europe – How does the year 1914 affect us today?

Burgtheater Europa Standard debating

“How does the year 1914 affect us today?” This is the key question of the next “Debating Europe” event, which will take place on 19 January 2014, 11 am, at the Burgtheater Vienna.

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was murdered in Sarajevo. This assassination triggered the World War One, which represented an epochal caesura and had enormous consequences for the entire world.

Almost 40 countries were involved one way or another, up to 70 million people were under arms, 17 million people died. The discussion will include various perspectives on current debates on war guilt, social militarisation, experiences at the front, and both the humanitarian and general aftereffects of the war. It’s as well a question about how World War One is part of the collective memory of Austria and Central Europe and how these experiences are affect us today?

Debating Europe – How does the year 1914 affect us today?
Location: Burgtheater Vienna, Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna.
Date: 19 January 2014, 11 am.

On the panel:
Manfried Rauchensteiner (Austrian historian), Timothy Snyder (US-American historian, Yale University), Biljana Srbljanović (Serbian writer and dramaturg), Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen (author, communications consultant of Diocese St. Pölten)

Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Der Standard)

In German language. For tickets, please follow this link.
It is possible to purchase reduced tickets at the box office by using the key word “ERSTE Stiftung”.

Photo with courtesy © IWM / Philipp Steinkellner