Kategorie: Issues

The Russian “Civilizing Mission” and the Russian War against Ukraine: the 19th-Century Colonial Origins

By Elżbieta Kwiecińska. This article examines the colonial concept of the civilizing mission as a cultural transfer in East-Central Europe during the nineteenth century. The author outlines the nineteenth century colonial origins of the contemporary Russian justification of the war against Ukraine as a Russian “civilizing mission”.

‘Instrumentalisation of Migrants’ and the EU-Belarus Border Crisis: Facts and Fictions

By Aleksandra Ancite-Jepifánova. Recent years have seen an increase in the violation of asylum-seeker rights in the EU, including through so-called pushbacks. These practices have typically not been authorised by domestic legislation and have been denied or concealed by the relevant Member States. However, this changed with the crisis at the EU-Belarus border that has unfolded since summer 2021.

Resilience and Connection. A field report on the international congress “Rethinking Ukraine and Europe: New Challenges for Historians”

By Denys Shatalov. In September, 2023, the international congress titled “Rethinking Ukraine and Europe: New Challenges for Historians” took place in Vilnius. This event was organized by the Lithuanian Institute of History, in collaboration with partner organizations from Germany, Ukraine, Poland, and Ukraine. Among these partners was Prisma Ukraïna. Vilnius University hosted the congress. A report.

Pupils Prepare Policy Briefs: Displacement Masterclass with Prisma Ukraїna

On Thursday, 29th of June 2023, the class 8b of the Walther-Rathenau-Gymnasium visited the Forum Transregionale Studien for a full-day workshop on the topic of displacement in the context of Russia’s War against Ukraine. In the Displacement Masterclass, pupils learned about the Forum Transregionale Studien’s Prisma Ukraїna: War, Migration and Memory project. A report.

Cuerpos de Agua – Perspektiven aus Aktivismus und Kunst zur Bedeutung von Wasser in Lateinamerika und Europa

Die Ausstellung „Cuerpos de Agua“ in der Station Urbaner Kulturen in Berlin zielt darauf, die sich ausbreitende weltweite Wasserkrise zugänglich zu machen. Dem Ansatz geht, wie im Titel „Cuerpos de Agua“ (buchstäblich übersetzt „Wasserkörper“) angelegt, ein Vergleich zwischen Gewässern und dem menschlichen Körper voraus. Ein Bericht von Judith Sieber und Jacqueline Wagner.

Plural Temporalities: Theories and Practices of Time

Lena Bader reports on “Plural Temporalities: Theories and Practices of Time,” the fourth Transregional Academy of the German Center for Art History (DFK Paris), which took place in Bogotá from 24 September to 2 October 2022. It was organized in co-operation with the Universidad de los Andes and the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome (BHMPI) and with the support of the Forum Transregionale Studien.

The EU Anti-SLAPP Directive –  Betrayal of an Idea?

By Satyajit Sarna. Broadly speaking, SLAPPs are lawsuits or other legal actions which are filed with the primary motive of intimidating and harassing journalists and activists and thereby stifling criticism of claimants, who are often politically influential and economically powerful, including major corporations. Most frequently, they are framed as defamation suits or actions against the invasion of privacy. Now, the European Commission is proposing a revisioned draft of its Anti-SLAPP legislation.

Skopje Pride Weekend addresses Queer Chronopolitics

This years’ edition of the Skopje Pride Weekend focusses on the relationship between queerness, time and history. Under the title “QUEER CHRONOPOLITICS: History, Affects, Utopias” the festival is drawing on the observation that time is not an apolitical concept but deeply connected to politics, that there is a politics of time as well as a time of politics.

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