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Veranstaltung  Tuesday, 19. May 2020

ABGESAGT/VERSCHOBEN: Learning from the Past – Engaging for the Future | Intercultural Dialogue through the Danube Waves to the Black Sea Region


In view of the measures for dealing with the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 and the associated restrictions in public life, this event also had to be canceled. We are trying to arrange an alternative date and will inform you as soon as possible.

Conference organized by the IDM in cooperation with the Vienna School of International Studies, the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Istanbul and others

According to the UNESCO definition, cultural heritage includes – apart from monuments and collections of objects – also traditions and living expressions such as performing arts, social practices or festive events, inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants. In that sense, intangible cultural heritage embodies cultural diversity within a geographical region that can, if understood as such, foster intercultural dialogue. In the Danube region, intangible cultural heritage appears to be the wealth of knowledge and skills that is intergenerationally transmitted. The Danube region moreover seems to be a “musée imaginaire”, when referring to André Malraux, meaning that it is characterized by the heritage of Byzantinism, the competing Ottoman and Habsburg rule, imperialism, modernism, both World Wars, and finally the Iron Curtain, post-communism as well as the European integration.

As part of the EU project “Diversity in Unity: Intercultural Dialogue Through the Waves of Danube”, this conference aims to first reconstruct the dialogue among the material and intangible cultural heritage and thus foster intercultural understanding among EU-member and Non-EU-member states, including Turkey. Secondly, it aims to elaborate new inclusive European perspectives against the background of current contradictory EU integration and disintegration processes.


12.30 Registration

13.00 Welcome addresses

Ambassador Dr. Emil BRIX, Director of the Vienna School of International Studies, Vienna
Repr. of the Yunus Emre Institute, Ankara/Vienna (tbc)
Mag. Sebastian SCHÄFFER, MA, Managing Director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna
Dr. Gábor FODOR, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Istanbul

Conference moderator: Dr. Gábor FODOR, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Istanbul

13.15 Keynote-Speech

Prof. Dr. Attila PÓK, Deputy Director of the Institute of History at the Research Centre for Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Vice-president of the Hungarian Historical Association, Senior researcher of the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg, recurring Visiting Professor of History at Columbia University in New York

13.45 Coffee break

14.15 Panel 1: Following Traces of a Collective “Musée Imaginaire” from the Danube Waves to the Black Sea Region 

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.Arch.ETH Dr. Christian HANUS, Head of the Department for Building and Environment, Faculty of Education. Arts and Architecture, Danube University Krems (tbc)
Prof. Jelena TODOROVIĆ, Ph.D., Historian, Professor and Vice-Dean at the University of Arts, Belgrade
Dipl.Ing. Wolfgang STRITZINGER, Custodian at the Transport Collection Section Technical Museum Vienna
Dr. Gábor ZSIGMOND, Vice-Director of the Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport, Budapest

Moderation: Mag. Lisa NIMMERVOLL, Journalist of the daily „Der Standard“, Vienna (tbc)

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Panel 2: Developing New Perspectives for a Common Europe within and beyond the European Union 

Prof. Dr. Penka ANGELOVA, Professor at the University in Veliko Tarnovo and at the University of Ruse
Eszter DÁVIDA, Project coordinator of the INTERREG project „DanUrb“ at the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Budapest
Elif KAMISLI, Exhibition Manager and Vice-Director of the International Istanbul Biennal
Prof. Ivan VEJVODA, Permanent Fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna

Moderation: Mag. Konrad KRAMAR, Author and Journalist of the daily „Kurier“, Vienna (tbc)

18.00 Closing remarks 

18.15 Reception

  • Beginn: Tuesday, 19. May 2020, 12:30 Uhr
  • Ende: Tuesday, 19. May 2020, 19:00 Uhr
  • Ort: Diplomatische Akademie
  • Adresse: Favoritenstraße 15A, 1040 Wien
  • Auskunft: Dr. Silvia Nadjivan
  • Auskunft E-Mail: s.nadjivan@idm.at
  • Auskunft Telefonnummer: +43 1 319 72 58-24
  • Anmeldung unter: idm@idm.at
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