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The Fourth Central European Symposium entitled ‘1989 & Beyond: The New Shape of Europe’ will focus on three consequential periods, looking at 1989 as a catalyst of change, analysing the view from 2019 as a part of the European Union and further debating the future of Europe and its new perspectives. The symposium will gather academic speakers, practitioners and experts from Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
Thirty years after the events, it is now possible and necessary to provide a historical perspective on the ruptures triggered in this decisive year, and evaluate their significance. The speakers will reflect on a range of issues from a variety of Central European perspectives and consider how states and societies of the region fit in to Europe’s current crisis – and how they may contribute to its possible solution. The shape of the European Union is more in flux today than at any time in its history, with the planned Brexit and negotiations for enlargement of the EU. What role will the Central European states and economies play in the new geopolitical landscape of an EU that expands eastward?
Registration is free but essential via Eventbrite link below
9:45-10:15 Welcome and Introductions
10:15-12:00 Roundtable ‘1989: Catalyst of Change’
Dr Przemyslaw Zurawski vel Grajewski
Prof Mary Heimann
Chair: Richard Bassett
12:00-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-15:00 Roundtable ‘European Union – The View from 2019’
Dr Grzegorz Lewicki
Prof Jiri Priban
Chair: Dr Jakub Benes
15:30-17:15 Roundtable ‘The Future of Europe: New Perspectives’
Dr Erhard Busek
Chair: Jakub Krupa
17:15-19:15 Evening Reception at SSEES (Masaryk Senior Common Room)
This symposium is co-organised with the Austrian Cultural Forum London, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and Embassy of Slovakia.
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