Debating Europe: What about responsibility in a digital global world?

“Here I stand. I can do no other.” (Martin Luther)

Personal responsibility and individualism: These were two important attributes of the Protestant Reformation – both from a theological and a sociological point of view. What are today’s attitudes towards taking a stand? What do religious people take a stand on? Is there still any call for this at all? Or are societies better off without religion anyway?

Sunday, 1 October 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Burgtheater, Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna

Participants in the debate are:
Michael Bünker, bishop of the Protestant church in Austria
Ulrike Guérot, Political scientist and publicist
Shalini Randeria, director of the IWM; sociologist and social anthropologist
Viola Raheb, peace activist and theologian
Heide Schmidt, Austrian politician

Host: Renata Schmidtkunz, head of the Ö1 serial radio programme “Im Gespräch“

In German.

Debating Europe is a matinée series of public debates which take place at the  Burgtheater Vienna. It brings leading politicians, scholars and intellectuals together on-stage to discuss the self-understanding of the society in which we live, thus contributing to an emerging European public sphere. The debates have addressed essential European issues, such as solidarity, EU’s foreign policy, Europe twenty years after 1989, and the definition of Europe’s borders. Debating Europe is a cooperation of Burgtheater, ERSTE Foundation, the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and Der Standard. Supported by the German Embassy and Ö1.

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