Lernen Sie unseren neuen Vorsitzenden kennen!

(c) Walter Skokanitsch

Friedrich Faulhammer hat für die kommenden drei Jahre den Vorsitz des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM) inne, was in der ordentlichen Sitzung der Generalversammlung am 4. Oktober 2022 im Landhaus St. Pölten bestätigt wurde.

Friedrich Faulhammer ist seit 2013 Rektor der Universität für Weiterbildung Krems (Donau-Universität Krems). Er studierte Rechtswissenschaften in Wien und war anschließend von 1985 bis 1990 am Institut für Rechtsgeschichte der Universität Wien und in der Rechtsabteilung der Universitätsdirektion tätig. Danach wechselte er 1990 ins Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung, wo er die österreichische und europäische Hochschulpolitik maßgeblich mitgestaltete, u.a. das Universitätsgesetz 2002, insbesondere nachdem er 2005 Sektionschef der Hochschulsektion im genannten Ministerium und später dessen Generalsekretär wurde.

Faulhammer wurde bei der jüngsten Generalversammlung erneut zum Vorsitzenden der Donaurektorenkonferenz für die zweijährige Funktionsperiode ab 2023 gewählt, nachdem er diese Funktion bereits für die Periode 2017-2018 innehatte. 2018 wurde er in den Vorstand der Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) gewählt, seit 2021 ist er Mitglied des Hochschulrats der Pädagogischen Hochschule Wien. 2019 wurde er in den Vorstand des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM) berufen, wo er von 2020 bis September 2022, vor seiner Wahl zum Vorsitzenden, als stellvertretender Vorsitzender tätig war.

 

Drei Fragen an den neuen Vorsitzenden:  

1. Wie ist es, auf Erhard Busek als Vorsitzender des IDM zu folgen? In welche Richtung soll sich das IDM mit Ihnen als Vorsitzenden entwickeln? Wie können/werden Sie diese Richtung fördern?  

Erhard Busek hat in seiner langjährigen Funktion als Vorsitzender das IDM stark geprägt. Er war erfüllt von der Idee eines geeinten Europas, in dem die Länder des Donauraums eine wichtige Rolle spielen und in dem die Potenziale von Mittel- und Südosteuropa für die Entwicklung des gesamten Kontinents genützt werden. Im Bewusstsein dieses Wirkens ist es mein Bestreben, diese Vision des IDM weiter zu verfolgen, durch Dialog die demokratische, friedliche und nachhaltige Entwicklung der Gesellschaften in Mittel- und Südosteuropa zu fördern. Die Aufgabe, die dem IDM dabei zukommt und die ich forcieren möchte, ist es, seine grenzüberschreitende Expertise durch wissenschaftliche Forschung zu stärken und durch die Konzentration auf die Zusammenarbeit in der Region das gegenseitige Verständnis zu fördern. Der Krieg in der Ukraine stellt uns dabei vor eine besondere Herausforderung und erfordert, die Verbindungen in dieses Land, das ja auch Donau-Anrainerstaat ist, zu stärken und Kanäle für den Austausch offen zu halten. Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt ist sicher die Annäherung des Westbalkans an die Europäische Union, die erst kürzlich neuen Schwung genommen hat. Hier gilt es, die Expertise und die Verbindungen des IDM in diesen Teil des Donauraums proaktiv in diese Annäherung einzubringen. 

 

2. Sie haben jahrelang mit dem IDM zusammengearbeitet und waren auch stellvertretender Vorstandsvorsitzender, Sie kennen das IDM also in- und auswendig. Wo liegen Ihrer Meinung nach die Stärken des IDM? Wo sehen Sie Verbesserungsmöglichkeiten?  

Das IDM verfügt über ein großartiges Team und ein exzellentes Netzwerk in die Länder des Donauraums hinein, und zwar auf verschiedenen Ebenen, sei es die Wissenschaft, die Zivilgesellschaft, die Wirtschaft, Kultur oder Politik. Darin liegt die Stärke des IDM: Im Verknüpfen dieser unterschiedlichen Perspektiven und Sichtweisen und als Knotenpunkt im Austausch zwischen Europas Zentrum, Brüssel, und dem Donauraum. Es ist wichtig, die genannte Vision des IDM im Auge zu behalten und durch profunde, wissenschaftlich erarbeitete Expertise relevante Beiträge zum Entwicklungsdiskurs des Donauraums zu leisten. Dies wird Fokussierung und Konzentration auf jene Themen erfordern, die für die unmittelbare Entwicklung der Länder in Mittel- und Südosteuropa wichtig sind und die helfen, bestehende Disparitäten abzubauen und sich verstärkenden Ungleichgewichtungen entgegenzuwirken. Dazu zählen neben weiteren jedenfalls die Themen Wissenschaft, Bildung und Forschung. 

 

3. Beruflich verbinden Sie die Rolle des Rektors der Universität für Weiterbildung Krems mit der des Vorsitzenden des IDM. Aber wie sieht es mit Friedrich Faulhammer als Privatperson aus? Was machen Sie in Ihrer Freizeit gerne, was sind Ihre Hobbys? 

Meine wenige freien Zeit widme ich vor allem der Familie, meiner Frau und den mittlerweile erwachsenen Söhnen. Darüber hinaus komme ich sehr gerne ehrenamtlichen Verpflichtungen nach, so zum Beispiel meine Aktivität bei der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr in meiner Wohnsitzgemeinde. Und abseits meiner direkten beruflichen Themen interessiere ich mich besonders für Fragen institutioneller Governance, die mich auch in meiner Freizeit begleiten und beschäftigen. 

International Students‘ Day

International Students‘ Day is celebrated on November 17 as a symbol of the struggle for democratic education and society, as well as the memory of when the Nazis executed 20 Czechoslovak students who protested against the occupation in 1939.

More than 1,200 students were then taken to concentration camps, while the dormitories and the Universities were turned into barracks. The International Council of Students later proclaimed November 17 as International Students‘ Day in London, and fifty years later, in 1989, students in what was then Czechoslovakia rose again against another non-democratic regime, which started the revolution that ended the communist regime.

Every year, this date allows us to show the public what students and young people have done for our society. The generations before us fought in times of great crises and wars to provide us with the state we have now in the education system, and we must be committed to continuing diligently to achieve changes. Remembering and celebrating this day when young people lost their lives fighting for justice and democracy is important so that we don’t forget the sacrifices made for our future.

Ninety years later, we managed to face and fight against the pandemic, and now another obstacle that stands in the way of students and can jeopardize their education and future is the war in Ukraine. It is difficult to imagine the actual situation in the country, where the losses are great, but the citizens still show ambition and hope toward themselves and their environment. The Russian invasion of Ukraine had devastating consequences for higher education, and The IDM together with the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) decided to grant two Ukrainian students or early-career researchers a fellowship. We are extremely proud of the activities of our two trainees Olga Kyrychenko and Anastasiya Lendel who haven’t just shown strength but also consistency in going forward while completing research on their MA or PhD thesis.

We have the pleasure of hosting different students not only from the Danube region but also internationally that continuously share their knowledge from diverse study areas. They bring cultural, political, and historical perspectives that help build a vibrant environment. The IDM provides a workplace and invites the student to participate in the activities of the Institute as well as to contribute to the work of IDM team members yearly. To learn more about our former trainees and also about the opportunity of joining us for a possible traineeship, click here.

Author:
Darija Benić

Danubius Awards 2022

Danubius Award 2022 to the Bulgarian scientist Prof. Dr. Diana Mishkova, Danubius Mid-Career Award to Ukrainian scientist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk and Danubius Young Scientist Awards to 13 promising researchers from the Danube region. 

The “Danubius Award” 2022 goes to Bulgarian Prof. Dr. Diana Mishkova, History Professor and Director of the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) in Sofia, Bulgaria. With her work focusing on modern and contemporary history of Eastern Europe, the modernization of South-Eastern Europe, European societies, and European peripheries as well as national identities, she has contributed profoundly to research on the Balkans. She is o the funding director of CAS Sofia, that is supported by numerous international sponsors, such as the Wissenschaftkolleg Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study Berlin). Prof. Dr. Mishkova has already received several awards for her scientific work and is involved in different international projects – currently in the Horizon 2020 project „PREVEX – Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans“.

Ukrainian scientist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tamara Martsenyuk has been awarded the “Danubius Mid-Career Award” 2022. She is an Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. In her studies, she focuses on gender research, social inequality issues, gender policies, social movements, and empowerment. In addition to numerous stays abroad and the participation in international research projects, she also brings her expertise to national policy forums and NGOs. Her research is currently focusing on the topic “Women’s involvement in Russia’s War against Ukraine”. 

 
In addition, 13 young scientists from the Danube Region will be awarded with the Danubius Young Scientist Award 2022 for their scientific work.

By presenting these Awards, the Austrian Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) is contributing to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) adopted by the European Council in 2011. Through the awarding of outstanding scientific achievements, the Danube region is made visible as a research area and the perception of its multidisciplinary challenges and potentials is strengthened.

„The Danube Region provides many opportunities for cross-border and regional cooperation among universities as well as research organizations. And there are, indeed, plenty of common challenges along the Danube and beyond which we need to jointly address and develop solutions for Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research Prof. Martin Polaschek pointed out on the occasion of the award ceremony on 10 November 2022 at the University of Maribor.

“The role of scientists and researchers has changed profoundly in the last decade. On the one hand, scientists and researchers are in a high demand to deliver fast results and provide evidence for critical policy decisions, and they have become indispensable in explaining and communicating the current knowledge available. On the other hand, we see a worrying rise in skepticism towards science and research as well as towards democracy in general, which creates a wide range of problems for and in our societies. We need to work together to counter this skepticism, and I am confident that all of you present and especially the awardees of today can and will contribute with their work towards demonstrating and communicating the relevance of science and research„, Polaschek continued.

The award ceremony in Maribor took place in the presence of Barbara Weitgruber, Head of the Department from the BMBWF, and Friedrich Faulhammer, Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM).

In her introduction, Barbara Weitgruber highlighted the solidarity with Ukraine as partner country of the EUSDR: “We will continue our support to the Ukrainian researchers, who have come or aim of coming in the EU, as well as to those remained in Ukraine. In addition to that, we hope for an early beginning of the reconstructions, and we are getting ready for appropriate support measures”. 

Friedrich Faulhammer added: “I am really pleased that once again we are working together with the Ministry for Education, Science and Research to honor scientists, who are significantly contributing to the development of knowledge and understanding within the Danube region in their various fields of research. This year, I am particularly pleased that we can also highlight the scientific work of Ukrainian female researchers, as they are currently forced to work under the conditions caused by the unjustified Russian attack on their country”.

The “Danubius Award” was established in 2011 to honor researchers who have outstandingly dealt with the Danube Region in their academic or artistic work. The prize is granted every year on a rotating basis for achievements in the humanities, cultural and social sciences (2022) or in life sciences and is endowed with € 5,000.

The “Danubius Mid-Career Award“ is endowed with € 2,200 and has been awarded since 2017 to researchers who are from 5 to a maximum of 15 years after their last formal scientific degree or have equivalent scientific experience. The prize winners were selected by an independent jury of experts chaired by Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefan M. Newerkla (University of Vienna).

Since 2014, special young talent awards, the „Danubius Young Scientist Awards“ have also been awarded. The prize, which is open to all disciplines, highlights the scientific work and talent of young researchers and increases the visibility of the excellence of the research community in the Danube Region. In this way, the prizes also contribute to the fact that young scientists deal with the river and the region in a variety of ways. The young talent prizes are endowed with € 1.350, per award winner. The selection was made by an international jury of experts, whereby the candidates for the award were nominated by their respective scientific institutions. 

Austria  Daniela Apaydin  
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Marko Djukanović  
Croatia  Jelena Kranjec Orlović  
Czech Republic  Adela Grimes  
Germany  Jan Schmitt  
Hungary  Blanka Bartos  
Moldova  Nicolae Arnaut  
Montenegro  Miloš Brajović  
Romania  Mihaela Cudalbeanu 
Serbia  Zorana Miletić  
Slovakia  Tibor Zsigmond  
Slovenia  Žane Temova Rakuša  
Ukraine  Illia Diahovchenko  

Watch the Award ceremony below

Cross-Border Talks: Sebastian Schäffer about the consequences of the Russian aggression against Ukraine for the EU

Cross-border Talks‘ discussion with Sebastian Schäffer about the changes, which war in Ukraine has already brought to the EU and to its Eastern part.

Discussed topics:

– how is the Poland-Ukraine and Russia-Turkey alignment seen from the position of somebody in the German-speaking world;

– what is the role, which Bulgaria and Romania could play in the new security arrangement in Southeastern Europe; is their position out of Schengen a sign of certain unclarity regarding their geopolitical position;

– what role could the Danube Strategy play for the intensification of the Bulgarian-Romanian relations;

– how should the Turkish ascension as a mediator between „the West“ and „the East“ should be seen and what does it mean for the countries of Southeastern Europe;

– what are the result of German chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to China;

– what is path forward for the EU in a world in which Russia is no longer a key economic partner and inderdependence with China might not be advisable;

– what has been changing with regard to Austria’s role in Southeastern Europe after the start of the war in Ukraine.

You can watch the whole interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNc0W98lf_A

Revolutionale Talks (Leipzig): Malwina Talik at the panel discussion about democracy, the rule of law and culture of memory in Poland

Free elections, freedom of the press and the rule of law were hard-won in Poland in the 1980s. In recent years, the country has repeatedly come under international criticism for dismantling the rule of law. How are the hard-won democratic freedoms of that time remembered today and are they currently in danger? What about the democratic and political awareness of Polish civil society and the culture of remembrance in Poland? 

Those were the core issues discussed during the third Revolutionale Talk (Leipzig): “Democracy in danger?! Developments in Rule of Law and Civil Society” on 3 November 2022 with Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć (Member of the Board at Watchdog Poland), Dr. Jacek Kołtan (Director’s Representative for Research at the European Solidarity Centre), Filip Pazderski (Senior Policy Analyst and Director of the Democracy and Civil Society Program of the Institute of Public Affairs ) and our colleague Malwina Talik (Research Associate at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe). 

You will find more information about the event here. 

You can watch the discussion on the YouTube channel of the Revolutionale:

 

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Revolutionale Talk 1: Conflicted Memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Revolutionale Talk 2: Burdened Memory: The State of Culture of Remembrance in Hungary

International Conference: Geopolitical Challenges of the Russian-Ukrainian War, from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean 

From 3 – 5 November 2022 the Romanian Center for Russian Studies at the University of Bucharest organised an International Conference: “Geopolitical Challenges of the Russian-Ukrainian War, from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean”. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, Director of the Center and Project Leader at IDM, welcomed amongst others members of theDM International Council. Ulrich Schneckener held a keynote on What Comes After? Consequences of the War Against Ukraine for European Security Order(s). Andreas Umland held a presentation on Russian Fascism? Diverging Classifications of Putin’s Regime before and after 24 February 2022. Both also chaired a panel during the conference. IDM Managing Director Sebastian Schäffer presented Future Scenarios for Enlargement and European Integration in the Context of the Russian War Against Ukraine. During his stay in Bucharest, he was also invited to a talk show at the Romanian public broadcaster VR Info. 

Author:
Sebastian Schäffer

 

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ICU ICARE MEETING

Regionale Perspektiven auf den Krieg in der Ukraine

Datum/Zeit
Oktober 24, 2022
15:00 – 18:00 MESZ/MEZ

Die Fachhochschule Erfurt in Kooperation mit den Fachhochschulen Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Coburg und Potsdam sowie der Universität Klagenfurt und der Fachgruppe Internationale Soziale Arbeit der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziale Arbeit organisiert im Wintersemester 2022/23 eine digitale Ringvorlesung mit dem Titel No War. Bildung als Praxis des Friedens“. Zur Auftaktveranstaltung am 24. Oktober hielt IDM-Geschäftsführer Sebastian Schäffer eine Vorlesung zu “Regionale Perspektiven auf den Krieg in der Ukraine. Er skizzierte dabei zunächst die aktuelle Lage im russischen Angriffskrieg auf die Ukraine und versuchte diesen auch historisch einzuordnen. Er beschrieb darauffolgend die Entwicklungen der EU-Russland sowie Ukraine-Russland Beziehungen seit dem Zerfall der Sowjetunion und eröffnete mögliche Zukunftsszenarien für Wege aus dem Krieg. Im Anschluss diskutierte er noch mit den zahlreichen Teilnehmenden und beantwortete Fragen. Die weiteren Themen und Termine der digitalen Ringvorlesung sind im Flyer unten vermerkt, eine kostenlose Teilnahme ist ohne Registrierung möglich.  

Im Anschluss ist auch eine Publikation geplant. “Krieg und Konflikt. Peacebuilding als Herausforderung und Arbeitsfeld”, herausgegeben von Tanja Kleibl, Caroline Schmitt, Karsten Kiewitt und Ronald Lutz soll 2024 im Beltz Verlag, Juventa erscheinen. 

Autor:
Sebastian Schäffer

 

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EUact2 project successfully launched!

With a discussion under the title „Democracy in the EU Amid a Poli-Crisis: Perceptions Across Europe“, the project EUact2 has been successfully launched on 19 October 2022 in the premises of GLOBSEC in Bratislava. During the event, the speakers Noelle O Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement (EM) Ireland, Spyros Blavoukos, Head of the Arian Condellis European Programme at the ELIAMEP Greece and Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) discussed the current state and various facets of European democracy within the European Union (EU) and beyond.

What are the principles and values on which the EU is built upon and what challenges and obstacles do the EU member states currently face when it comes to democracy and rule of law? What is the role the European citizens play in shaping democratic developments in Europe and what factors at local, national and European level have towering impact on these processes? These and many other questions were addressed during a lively discussion between speakers and participants, resulting in the need to clearly define the essence of democracy and what form  of democracy should be generally accepted in the EU and beyond. Only then can we prevent different interpretations of democracy and are able to determine what areas of democratic backsliding we should focus on.

The two-year project “Towards Democratic and Inclusive Europe: EP Elections and Active Citizens Participation and Contribution” (EUact2) represents a collaboration of GLOBSEC, European Movement Ireland, ELIAMEP and IDM and aims to create a sustained level of citizen activism and engagement in the run-up to the European Parliament Election in 2024. On the following day, 20 October 2022, the representatives of the project partners discussed the overall course of the project and its specific phases, as well as its organizational aspects and content sides by elaborating the main project questions.  

Daniel Martinek  

Photos Copyright: GLOBSEC 

Sebastian Schäffer – Wither Europe