The second installment in the discussion cycle “The search for the Idea of Europe” is dedicated to Central Europe as an idea and a place of memory.
Central Europe can be defined as an historical given, a geopolitical project, a place of memory, even as an idea. It presents itself differently when considered from Vilnius or Warsaw than from the perspective of Paris or Lisbon.
In the search of a “common denominator” for Central Europe, we can be reminded of the saying that Central Europe is where baroque churches populate the view, where many memorials and statues bear the sign of the Holy Trinity, and where coffee is taken in the mornings.
The 21st century has brought new challenges to Central Europe and its inhabitants. The discussion that will take place at the OLF’s House will address these very challenges.
The following questions will be raised and tackled:
How can the idea of Central Europe be defined from the perspective of Vilnius and Warsaw? Was 1989 really “the end of history” for the people of Central Europe? What fate awaits this region and its citizens within the project of Western Europe, characterized essentially by cultural diversity? What, barring the totalitarian experience and memory thereof, can Central Europe contribute to the creation of such a cultural diversity? Have the inhabitants of Central Europe – the Bloodlands – learned from 20th-century history?
The 2nd Discussion: CENTRAL EUROPE AS AN IDEA AND A PLACE OF MEMORY.
Prof. Andrzej Mencwel, Prof. Alfredas Bumblauskas, Vaidas Jauniškis,
and Assoc. Prof. Aurimas Švedas (moderator).