Interviews

The Fall of the Wall. Fifty Years of Waiting for the Right to Vote.

Joachim Gauck was 50 years old when he first voted in a free, democratic election in the GDR. A conversation about power and powerlessness, culpability, and reconciliation. The opposite of Communism is individualism, he states.

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Turning a blind Eye to the Obvious

István Rév opens the door to the Open Society Archives for a discussion about bloodshed as a poor gauge of a revolution, about honesty and decency as rare commodities, and about populism and utopianism.

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After Entry into the EU. Homophobia was Let Loose

Conor O'Dwyer, professor of political science, talks about a backlash at the political level also. Sexual minorities in Poland and Latvia have had their rights restricted following EU accession.

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The Return of Space. A Conversation on the Geography Renaissance with Karl Schlögel

Cultural historian Karl Schlögel reflects on what sort of components create a geographic space. Interpretations of what took place and what is taking place always occur in a spatial context.

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the Face of Terrorism. Acting Like a State

Historian Mats Fridlund says that the technological and scientific development of weapons has influenced the choice of method and the type of people who have become perpetrators. When the revolver became smaller and lighter, female terrorists became more common.

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Rhetoric constructs. Even Hell’s Angels and the Ku Klux Klan are part of Civil Society

The historian Marta Reuter conducts research on how concepts are created and filled with meaning. NGOs are thought to stand for democratic values, but the Hell’s Angels are also elements of civil society.

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Stepping stone into the world. A Conversation on Sociology with Piotr Sztompka

The Polish sociologist Piotr Sztompka explains how he became fascinated by the laws and theories governing the behavior of individuals and the dynamics of society. Soon, his work on social existence, which examines the macro level, will be published.

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