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Videos from the Körber History Forum 2021

People and Power in the Digital Age

How does the digital public of today differ from social networks of the past? What is the impact of “big data” on democratic processes and institutions, how does the if/then logic of algorithms impact our lives and fortunes as societies? Historian Niall Ferguson, cyber expert and politician Marietje Schaake and Jamie Susskind, barrister and author, discuss about networks, power and consensus building in past, present and future. Moderator: Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge MA.


No More Optimism in Europe?

Author and historian Geert Mak and moderator Ariane Reimers jointly dig into European 20th Century history in order to trace the dismantling of the postwar order and the conditions, under which Europe might have lost Noptimism.


Alliances and Divisions in a Changing Europe

The crises of 2008, 2015, and most recently 2020 broke up historic alliances and gave way to new, flexible coalitions in the European Union. German writer Nora Bossong, Dutch historian and author Geert Mak, former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and Justin Vaïsse, founder and director-general of the Paris Peace Forum, discuss how 20th century history continues to influence alliances and obstruct cooperation in Europe. Moderator: Ariane Reimers, NDR/ARD broadcasting.


What Next for Europe and the EU? Political Lessons from the Corona Crisis

Austrian Minister for EU and Constitution, Karoline Edtstadler, on the current issues of European politics and the future political developments of the EU. Moderator: Andreas Rinke, Chief Correspondent Thomson Reuters, Berlin


Corona and Humanitarian Law

What are the historical preconditions that humanitarian law and the rule-based multilateral order define for global health equity today? A discussion with historian Mark Honigsbaum, former Rwandan Minister of Health and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Agnes Binagwaho, and Armin von Bogdandy of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Public Law. Moderator: Sven Stockrahm, Zeit Online, Berlin.


Understanding Health as a Human Right

Agnes Binagwaho (University of Global Health Equity, Kigali) and Charlie Weller (Wellcome Trust, London) discuss equitable access to vaccines, the progress of the vaccination campaigns in African countries and the lessons of past pandemics.


Shades of Authoritarianism and Populism

The Corona pandemic has reignited a debate on the “allure of the authoritarian” and the “temptation of populism”. Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat, political scientist Jan-Werner Müller and Constanze Stelzenmüller of Brookings Institution talk about the rise of authoritarian and anti-democratic movements in the past and how autocrats and populists shape politics to this day.


Public Debt and Crisis Management

Vice-President of Deutsche Bundesbank, Claudia Buch, economic analyst Silvia Merler and historian Quinn Slobodian discuss how fiscal policy has been used to manage crises in the past and why the Corona crisis necessitates a new understanding of sovereign debt. Moderator: Marc Beise, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich


The Untold Stories of Black Europeans

The histories of people of African and European descent are complex and deeply intertwined. Historian Olivette Otele uncovers the untold history of Black Europeans and speaks about historical preconditions of current racism. Moderator: Christine Gerberding, NDR Broadcasting


How Black is Europe? Historical Roots and the Societal Impact of Racism

Which political, legal, economic, and cultural practices form the basis for structural racism encountered by People of Colour? And what can policymakers do to enable equal representation in the political sphere and in society? Historian Fatima El-Tayeb, politician Momoudou Malcolm Jallow and historian Olivette Otele discuss the history and current reality of racism in Europe. Moderator: Christine Gerberding, NDR Broadcasting.


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