Rethinking Europe


Philoxenia started in November 2017 as a lecture series curated, moderated and scientifically supervised by the London based journalist Tessa Szyszkowitz. Philoxenia, the concept of hospitality, was cultivated in antique Greece. The love of the other seems to be especially necessary today, when populist movements threaten to eclipse rational thinking.

In search of Europe

Epidemics and conflicts infect society with fear. The question is: What comes after? Will there be a back to normal, to the single market, to open borders? What will happen to the great peace project of Europe? And what will we remember? The fact that we helped each other or that we let each other down?

A Broken Century

Following Philipp Blom’s “The Vertigo Years”, the thesis of a “Period of Inner Conflicts” takes center stage: war has retreated from the battlefields into the heads and determined or jeopardized the future. In a series of talks with international guests, the fragmented past hundred years should be oriented on exemplary, but non-chronological and specific themes.