A Speech to Europe 2024: Omri Boehm


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has had a profound impact on Europe. The vastly different responses of individual European countries are rooted in history. While German constitutional patriotism can be interpreted as an attempt to assume responsibility for the Holocaust, the self-image of countries such as France is shaped by their colonial heritage. This long-standing tension between two historically grown positions is becoming increasingly explosive in the wake of recent events in the Middle East. Otherwise unifying, history now threatens to tear the European Union apart.

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In the third “Speech to Europe”, following historian Timothy Snyder and human rights activist Oleksandra Matviichuk, philosopher Omri Boehm will address the pressing questions of why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a threat to European identity and how a constitutional crisis in the European Union can be averted.


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Omri Boehm is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He holds a PhD from Yale University and has conducted research in the US, Germany, and Israel. His commentaries on Israeli politics and philosophy are regularly published in Haaretz, Die Zeit, and The New York Times. His critically acclaimed book Radikaler Universalismus. Jenseits von Identität. Universalismus als rettende Alternative was awarded the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding in 2024. Recently, Der bestirnte Himmel über mir: Ein Gespräch über Kant, a conversation between Omri Boehm and Daniel Kehlmann, was published with Ullstein.

A Speech to Europe is a joint event by Wiener Festwochen | Freie Republik Wien, ERSTE Foundation and Institut for Human Sciences (IWM Vienna)

Cover picture: Wolfgang Schlag

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.