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  • Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia (Photo: David Ausserhofer)
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    Ivan Krastev opens the Körber History Forum 2018

    Are we witnessing the demise of a common vision of Europe? Looking back at previous experiences can provide orientation for the future. Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, will open the Körber History Forum 2018 by examining the current and historic rifts in Europe.

    The renationalisation of history, flight and integration as a challenge for Europe, Russia and the West in the era of new armament, Turkish Neo-Ottomanism and the legacy of the First World War – these and other topics will be discussed at the Körber History Forum on 28 and 29 May 2018 at the Römischer Hof in Berlin on an interdisciplinary and international basis and with regard to their historical background.

    How do the different perceptions of the First World War influence relations between the countries of Europe to this day? This question is examined by Erkki Tuomioja, former Finnish Foreign Minister and Chairman of "Historians Without Borders", together with sociologist Eva Kovács from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, historian Andrzej Nowak from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow and Joachim von Puttkamer, Director of the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena.

    What are the consequences of Turkish Neo-Ottomanism for Europe and the Middle East? Turkish historian İlber Ortaylı and Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre at St. Antony's College of Oxford University, will discuss this.

    How should Europe respond to the challenge of flight and integration? Historian Philipp Ther from the University of Vienna, political anthropologist Esra Özyürek from the London School of Economics and former Hungarian ambassador to Berlin, Gergely Pröhle, will take part in this debate.

    Are we currently experiencing a Cold War 2.0 between Russia and the West? Russian journalist and author Maxim Trudolyubov discusses this with the former Finnish ambassador to Moscow and Berlin, René Nyberg.

    Other topics of the Körber History Forum 2018 are the connection between promises of prosperity and democracy, the consequences of colonialism in the United Kingdom, the legacy of Stalinism and National Socialism in Lithuania, and the separatist aspirations in Spain – discussions in which British journalist Afua Hirsch and Lithuanian author Rūta Vanagaitė will also take part.

    "Looking at history with an open, unbiased mind, comparing the different points of view and questioning narratives that are exploited by politics is essential to this day. In many European countries, history is being used to support populist arguments," says Gabriele Woidelko, Head of the History and Politics Department, explaining the concern of the Körber History Forum. Every year, 200 leading actors from politics, science and public life, intellectuals and opinion leaders from Germany, Europe, North America and the Middle East exchange views and ideas in order to promote an international dialogue on the political dimension of history.

    Agenda of the Körber History Forum 2018 (PDF)

    Information on the Körber History Forum 2017

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