Europe talks to Europe. A polylogue on culture and politics


Debate series in English language

From Autumn 2009 to Spring 2011, Eurozine organizes a series of high-profile debates in different central and eastern European cities, including Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Sofia, Warsaw and Vienna. Making use of a well-established media platform and a wide-ranging network of editors, authors and intellectuals, the debates will make a substantial contribution to cross-border discussion on cultural identities and the European integration project.

Kick off: 29 September 2009, 6 pm: “DILEMMA ’89. My father was a communist”

Twenty years after 1989, most former communist states in central and eastern Europe are members of the EU; others are waiting in line. But the transition from closed to open societies is far from over. Fierce debates on lustration and information surfacing from previously closed archives show that, today, 1989 represents not only a historic moment of liberation but also a political and social dilemma. What approach to history will prevail? Martin M. Simecka and László Rajk will discuss how a family history of communist persecution influenced their personal evolution as political dissidents and whether, twenty years on from ’89, society as a whole has come to terms with the legacy of dictatorship.

Martin M. Simecka, Slovak author and journalist, Bratislava
Lázsló Rajk, Hungarian architect and designer, Budapest
Chair: Eva Karadi, Magyar Lettre Internationale
Introduction: Carl Henrik Fredriksson, Eurozine

Collegium Budapest, I. Szentháromság u. 2., Budapest

The debate series “Europe talks to Europe” is a cooperation of Eurozine and ERSTE Foundation.

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