“Was it or was it not?”
HOFBURG, Ceremonial Hall, March 27th 2009, 9.00-14.00
Access: Schweizer Hof, Botschafterstiege
Participants are requested to register at firstname.lastname@example.org . Student ID's also grant access.Conference and debate. Language: English.
Partners: The Ministry of European and International Affairs of Austria, Romanian Academic Society, Austrian-Romanian Society, IDM - Institute for the Danube and Central Europe, Diplomatic Academy Vienna
Sponsor: Tarus&Partners (Vienna)
SPECIAL THANKS OF THE ROMANIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE GO TO THE ROMANIAN MEDIA TRUST REALITATEA-CATAVENCU FOR A VERY GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
Location: International Conference Center Hofburg, Ceremonial Hall
Date: March 27th 2009
Guests: Radu Filipescu (Bucharest), Alina Mungiu Pippidi (Bucharest, Berlin), Mircea Dinescu (Bucharest), Smaranda Vultur (Timisoara), Vladimir Tismaneanu (Washington, Bucharest; personal blog), Otmar Lahodynsky (Vienna)
- lectures held by Alina Mungiu Pippidi (President of the Romanian Academic Society - Bucharest, Professor at Hertie School of Governance – Berlin), Vladimir Tismaneanu (Professor for Political Science, Maryland University, USA), Smaranda Vultur (Timisoara University), Otmar Lahodynsky (Vienna)
- The moment ’89 and the 90s – memories of important eye-witnesses: Mircea Dinescu (poet and journalist, dissident), Radu Filipescu (founder of the Group for Social Dialogue, dissident)
- Discussions with the audience
Moderation: Roland Adrowitzer, journalist Foreign Policy Department ORF TV, former foreign press correspondent in Brussels.
ROMANIA, 20 YEARS AFTER
Twenty years ago, Romania was still part of the former Communist Block, amid a parallel Eastern European universe marked by economic bankruptcy, non-democratic policy and a totalitarian dictatorship, which was becoming growingly intrusive within all aspects of public and private life. In 1989, the Communist reality was brought to an abrupt end through a series of seismic mass struggles that swiped across Eastern Europe. Amidst such revolutionary struggles, Romania freed itself from a Communist dictatorship that had held power since 1947. Contemporary experts have come to regard 1989 as a historical milestone, marking the beginning of a post-Communism ‘success story’ for Eastern Europe. In the Romanian context, ’89 has become a symbol of freedom, while Romania’s development ever-since serves as proof that the setbacks established during almost fifty years of Communism can be successfully reversed.In 2009, while celebrating twenty years of freedom, the Romanian Cultural Institute hopes to offer the opportunity to reflect upon Romania’s historical struggle and recent developments. To this aim, in 2009, activities will center around three emerging themes: the historical events of 1989, the revolutionary energy brought about after 1989 and the Romanian emotional collective memories of 1989 and the world it brought to an end.