Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

Elzbieta Matynia Will Speak at the 2022 Night of Ideas in New York

TCDS Director, Elzbieta Matynia will speak at this year’s Night of Ideas, on Saturday, May 21st at 7:30pm at the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, New York).

Democracy’s Endgame?

What has become of that revolutionary imaginary so deeply implicated in the run-up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989? After all, it had promised comprehensive systemic change without bloodshed, thus becoming a site of tangible hope wherever unfreedom, political violence, and social injustice still reigned. What went wrong? Why is a storm blowing from paradise, and what are the causes of democracy’s self-elected U-turns? And what about the punitive war declared by one empire against the albeit imperfect democracy in Ukraine?

Do we have at our disposal any illuminating verbs, nouns, or images that might light a path for us to take?

Find more info and the full schedule here.

“In this period of intense geopolitical upheaval in Europe and around the world, compounded social and political challenges are producing deep crises, particularly in Ukraine. The Night of Ideas creates a rare and powerful forum, enabling 250+ artists, researchers, and community leaders to engage with each other and the public on these core issues of our time. The theme, “Where Are We Going?” sparks conversation about war and the future of global democracy, on the stage of pandemic recovery and economic turmoil. It also leads to important discussions about community-based climate action, about concrete steps toward equity and racial justice, and more.”

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