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CONFERENCES AND DEBATES

 

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES DEDICATED TO FOREIGN POLICY
 17-18 September, 2015 - „Europe – Russia – Ukraine. Search of a new European Order”
 9-10 October, 2014 - "Price of Freedom. Security in the Globalized World"
 12-13 September, 2013 - "Arab Revolts - Two Years After"
 20-21 September, 2012 - "China-Europe: New Quality of Relationships"
 22-23 September, 2011 - "Russia and the European Union: what unites us, what divides us?"
 16-17 September, 2010 - "Europe and the United States in Changing World."

The aim of the meetings under the patronage of the Professor is to assign importance to Poland and Warsaw as crucial place for exchange of views regarding significant topics considered from the perspective of Middle-East Europe.

Conferences are of a closed nature, admission by personal invitation only.

The project is conceived as a form of preserving Professor Bronisław Geremek’s political thought on European map. The aim of the meetings is to create permanent forum for debating topics which include the future of Europe and its foreign policy, during which prominent intellectuals, analysts, representatives of the world of politics as well as scholars and friends of Professor Geremek shall meet.

First conference concerned over the euro-atlantic relationships, second over cooperation between EU and Russia. Next one, planned for September 2012 will be titled: "Europe - China".


OTHER INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
 December 9th, 2014 - "Ukraine as a test for European solidarity?"
 November 24th, 2013 - Conference in Vilnius: “We in Europe, or Europe Without Us?”

LANGUAGE DEBATES

Language is not only a tool for communication of an individual with the world but also a specific form o being towards the world – a conscious one, though quite often an unconscious horizon of human experiences, imagination, convictions, fears and yearnings. Professor Bronisław Geremek once wrote: “A historian of middle ages usually deals with laconic records of events which only “eye-glass” of a scientist or artist’s imagination can  turn into material for a story, bestowing them with time diversity,  dimension of human destiny, bond between cause and effect. That time diversity connects itself with style diversity. The aim of the language debates cycle is the consideration of 
the multidimensional process of language entanglement in the current of contemporary social and political life.

 18th October 2011 - "Newspeak versus language of political correctness"
 6th March 2012 - "Freedom of speech versus language of hate"

 

EUROPEAN DEBATES

 14th March 2011 - I Debate "Common European Memory - myth or reality?"
 27th June 2011 - II Debate "Who is afraid of multicultural Europe?" 

 17th November 2011 - III Debate - Europe after the crisis"

Cycle of three debates concentrates on questions concerning the future of Europe. The first meeting was devoted to common European memory – for as Bronisław Geremek used to say – by no means can you build Europe and European identity without agreeing over the history. Second debate which took place in the last days of June, was an attempt to answer questions concerning social and civilization challenges such as demography and multiculturalism. The cycle shall be concluded with a discussion over the place of Europe in the world’s economic order. We shall mull over the approach to create competitiveness which would not exclude and leave on the margin huge groups of citizens, as well as respect the laws of residents of countries we conduct economic exchange with. Admittance to the debates is open to any interested.


LEMKIN DEBATES
24th February 2011 - "What remains of the right to humanitarian intervention?"
16th May 2011 - "Ethics and responsibility in the actions of Great Powers. The example of secret CIA prisons and human right violations in the Russian Federation"
29th May 2012 - 

Next Lemkin Debates will take place in second half of 2012.

The objective of the Lemkin debates is acquaintance and popularization of the achievements of prof. Raphael Lemkin – Polish lawyer of Jewish descent, the man who invented the term “genocide”. Raphel Lemkin is an author of 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. 

The focus of the meetings is  to place his concepts in the context of contemporary debates over the international politics.

"The fact that such personality does not appear in any encyclopedia or compendium of international law, is a shame. I would wish that a monograph about him was published in Poland" – said Professor Adam Daniel Rotfeld on the opening debate.

27th January 2011 - "Usage of term genocide in the contemporary international politics. Cases of Turkey and Rwanda"

ROUND OF PUBLIC DEBATES NEW DECADE, NEW EUROPE

14th June 2010 - "Is the European Security and Defence Policy possible?"
29th October - "Towards a European Energy Community for the 21st century"

24th January 2011 - "Budget of the European Union in the time of crisis"

The aim of the project was stimulation and expansion of debate in the areas which have became main topics of Polish presidency of the European Union Council.  In order to make the most of the chance which presidency provides, it was essential to acquaint wide public with the EU matters with the emphasis on the problems and challenges which shall be fundamental for the period.

Participation of leading experts from Poland, France and Germany at the meetings were dedicated to the politics of defence, energy security and budget. The project was carried in collaboration with the French Culture Centre at the University of Warsaw and Friedrich Ebert Fund.

Project was accomplished in 2011.


OTHER DEBATES

  The first project was a debate jointly run with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "Weimar vision of the actions of European Union for the next five years", which took place on 1st February 2010.
Jointly with the French Culture Centre: 14th December 2011 - Debate "13 XII 1981 in the eyes of Poles and the French. There is no freedom without Solidarność(solidarity)".