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OCTOBER 2017: 'The Changing Space for Civil Society'
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 10 am - 6 pm (followed by reception)
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

The Changing Space for Civil Society

 

A symposium on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society and the 70th birthday of its founder, Dr. Rupert Count Strachwitz.

At present, mistrust of civil society actors is growing. In Russia, Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere, governments fear the influence of independent actors, especially when they question the power of the government, transnationally, raise their voices audibly and stand up for human and civil rights, democracy and the rule of law , On the other hand, restrictive measures are taken. If the increasing funding restrictions and registration barriers are increased in many countries, the often-heard slogan of the Shrinking Space for Civil Society does not appear to be exaggerated.

In doing so, however, it is overlooked that, on the other hand, the influence of civil society actors is increasing considerably. As early as 1989 it became clear that the transformation process in Central and Eastern Europe would not have been possible without civil society action. Today, this has become an influencing factor in social development, which manifests itself particularly in crises. Moreover, restrictions on the welfare state, the crises of the parliamentary system, criticism of the predominance of the market in the 1990s, and other social developments ensure that civil society is given more responsibilities and responsibilities.

In an international context, it would therefore be too tight to speak of a Shrinking Space for Civil Society. Rather, it is necessary to analyze from a scientific point of view the changes, to work out the potential and to organize a greater discourse from the point of view of civil society itself. The Symposium The Changing Space for Civil Society has addressed this issue. Individual topics of the micro-, meso- and macro-level, with which the civil society is in a special relationship of tension, should be discussed paradigmatically.

Speakers, presenters and moderators include:

Emil Brix, Austrian Ambassador, Moscow
Prof. Dr. Paul Dekker, University of Tilburg / Netherlands
Dr. Anna Domaradzka, University of Warsaw
Dimitrios P. Droutsas, former Foreign Minister of Greece, Athens
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka, former President of the WZB, Berlin
Dr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover
Dr. Ulla Pape, University of Bremen
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Folke Schuppert, former Humboldt University of Berlin
Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan, President of the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform, Berlin

If you are interested in participating, you can register at: veranstaltung@maecenata.info

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