PHILOXENIA

  curated by: Tessa Szyszkowitz

 

 

 

 

 

2016 was the year when fear, xenophobia and right wing populism upstaged rationality. Donald Trump was elected to the White House and Britain voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. 2017 saw very mixed results in European elections. In Austria the far-right Freedom Party FPÖ is entering government. Eastern European countries Poland and Hungary are in the tight grip of authoritarian far right governments. This is a reason to worry, but not for despair. Counter-forces are assembling to think about alternatives to fear and xenophobia as driving forces of political processes. In the United States the response to Trump comes in the form of women’s marches, the #metoo debate and larger questions on masculinity & power in the 21st century. In Britain the radical Vintage-Socialist Jeremy Corbyn became extremely popular. In Europe more politicians fight for the European Union’s principles than expected. In France the Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron won the presidency. Macron now forms a centrist, pro-European alliance with Angela Merkel. The German chancellor became known for her “Willkommenskultur”, but she was not the one who invented it. Already the Greeks spoke of “Philoxenia”, the love for strangers. Curator Tessa Szyszkowitz chose “Philoxenia” as title of a new lecture series because Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue is a place to welcome guests from abroad. But not only that. “Philoxenia" means the cultiviation of the Other, an exchange of thoughts with our guests in order to look together for answers to the challenges of the 21st century.


Ryan Nezzar

EN MARCHE!
How to organize a Pro-European movement in the age of populism

Rayan Nezzar, French political activist; April 5, 2018

Lisa Nandy

THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER
How the Labour Partycan connect with those left behind
in the north of England

Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan since 2010; March 22, 2018

Fintan O’Tool

SHIP OF FOOLS
How BREXIT is shriking British Diplomatic Power 

Fintan O’Toolecolumnist, literary editor and drama critic for The Irish Times
January 15, 2018

Pankaj Mishra

DAS ZEITALTER DES ZORNS

Pankaj Mishra,  Indian author and writer of literary and political essays
27. November 2017

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