I'm participating at the upcoming OSCE's Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting, which focuses on the implementation of the OSCE's action plan on Roma and Sinti. The event is organized at the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the 2003 OSCE Action Plan on Roma and Sinti. The meeting takes place in Vienna on 7 and 8 November 2013. On the 8th I'm moderating a session on the integration of Roma and Sinti with a particular focus on women, youth and children. More information and the programme of the event can be found here.
Register for Borders to Cross, a two-day conference on democratic innovation and civic driven change in Amsterdam, 29-31 October 2013. The conference ends with the symposium Renewing Democracy, Thursday, 31 October 2013, 14:00-17:15 at de Brakke Grond. Main speakers at the symposium include Maarten Hajer, David Van Reybrouck, Carsten Berg and Ségolène Pruvot. The symposium is jointly organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, Network Democracy, Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), and the G1000.
For more information about the conference go to http://www.borderstocross.com.
Check the programme of the symposium here.
This month McSweeney's publishes my essay "Passion Pieces". The essay is partly memoir and partly a reflection on recent history in Poland, and it appears in a symposium edited and curated by Rachel Cohen in tribute to the wonderful work of Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, and Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing That One Sees. The symposium is called "You have to see this", and the magazine describes it as: "an all-hands-on-deck appraisal of one of the most keen-eyed cultural commentators of our time. With contributions from Errol Morris, William Finnegan, Lauren Redniss, Bill McKibben, Ben Katchor, Wendy Lesser, Geoff Dyer, Bill Morrison, Riva Lehrer, David Hockney, Jonathan Lethem, Peter Vermeersch, Andrei Codrescu, Baynard Woods, Ricky Jay, and Walter Murch."
See (and purchase) the issue at the McSweeney's Store.
The European Cultural Foundation has just published my essay “Between pessimism and hope: Europe as seen from the Balkans” in The Dwarfing of Europe? Perspectives from the Balkans, Belarus, the Middle East and Asia, (ECF, Amsterdam 2013). Here's a quote from the back cover:
It is high time to boost and broaden the debate on Europe by focusing on culture, and who better to turn to for an honest view of Europe from the outside than our neighbours? In this first volume of The Dwarfing of Europe? series, thinkers from the Balkans, Belarus, the Middle East and Asia reflect on the continent’s identity, triumphs and foibles. Their insights can help us craft new narratives for Europe.
For more information, click here.
At the Annual Convention of the Study of Nationalities, I'm a speaker at a book panel about Marci Shore's The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe (Random House 2013). The conference takes place at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. The panel is from 5:10 to 7:10pm on April 19, 2013. More information on the website of the ASN.
On April 8, 2013, I'm speaking at the conference "Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination and Segregation in Europe", which brings together policymakers, academics, and activists from across Europe and the United States to address the inter-related themes of extremism, structural discrimination and youth disempowerment. The conference is jointly organized by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR).
For the conference agenda and participants, please click here and here.
Is deliberation becoming a core feature of our transforming democracies? A large and growing list of scholars have theorized about the ‘second transformation of democracy’, as liberal representative political systems move beyond being top-down polyarchies to new models that seek to engage in more bottom-up processes involving deliberation among citizens. Although the idea of deliberative democracy is not new - for decades theorists have argued that democracy should be based not just on votes but also on the incorporation of public debate – in the last few years we have seen an upsurge in the number of practical initiatives aimed at realizing this theoretical claim. Notable examples are We the Citizens in Ireland, the Icelandic Constitutional Council, the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly, the Dutch Citizens’ Forum, and the Belgian G1000 Citizen Summit. This conference brings together some of the top researchers worldwide on this topic. They will investigate both the theory and the practice of recent deliberative innovations.
Plenary speakers include David Farrell (University College Dublin), Jane Suiter (University College Cork), Eoin O'Malley (Dublin city University), Kimmo Grönlund (Åbo Akademi University), André Bächtiger (University of Bern), Seong Min (Pace University), Juan Ugarriza (El Rosario University, Colombia), Henk van der Kolk (University of Twente), Kenneth Carty (University of British Columbia), Benoît Derenne (Foundation for Future Generations), Stef Steyaert (Levuur), David Van Reybrouck (G1000), and others.
Date: December 13, 2012
Location: Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Find the complete programme here [ PDF]
To register click here
On Friday, 5 October 2012, I'm speaking at the panel "Reclaiming Public Space - Democratic Practices Reinvented", organized by the European Cultural Foundation. The panel explores alternative models for democratic practice in Europe, starting from an artistic perspective. I will, among other things, discuss deliberative democracy and the G1000. Other participants are Tiffany Jenkins and Juan Freire. At De Balie, Amsterdam. For more information, see: http://www.culturalfoundation.eu/imagining-europe/programme#reclaiming_european.