Issue 1/2019: Public intellectuals. What is their place, role and responsibility today?
This issue takes a special look at the role and responsibility of the public intellectual in Central and Eastern Europe today.
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From the Editors:
On December 8th 2018, as we were preparing this issue for print, the 91-year old Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva passed away. She was the founding member of the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group. Alexeyeva devoted over 50 years of her life to promoting and defending human rights, first in the Soviet Union, later from the United States and finally in modern Russia. Famously, her Moscow apartment on Arbat Street turned into a meeting place of Russian intelligentsia and dissidents. When asked once about her work, she said that her goal was never power but human dignity. “I only fought for people to know their rights and defend them,” she explained.
To Alexeyeva’s memory and to pay our respect to all defenders of democracy and universal human rights we dedicate the texts in this issue, which tackle the topic of the role of public intellectuals today. We know that without them the peaceful changes of 1989-1991 would have never taken place in this region. Today, 30 years since and worried about the future, we ask: Where are public intellectuals today?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS. WHAT IS THEIR PLACE, ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY TODAY?
Where there is word, there is responsibility for mankind
A conversation with Basil Kerski
The intellectual in Central Europe: Havel, Orbán and Walter
Ukrainian intellectuals after Maidan
Intellectuals need to compete in quality, not quantity
Interview with Marci Shore
Where Eastern European intellectuals sit today
OPINION & ANALYSIS
Tsars and boyars on the Muscovite court
Can Israel accept Russia in its backyard?
Russia’s role in the Middle East – a grand plan or opportunism?
Overcoming the damage of disinformation
How to profit from education in Russia
The dramatic turn of political discourse in Romania
Paul Gabriel Sandu
The state of decentralisation in Ukraine
Georgia in the move to a multi-polar world
Human rights as a weapon
An interview with Ivan Lishchyna
Like in the good, old American movies…
A conversation with Nijolė Oželytė-Vaitiekūnienė
The business case for climate action
An interview with Adam Koniuszewski
ART, CULTURE & SOCIETY
The house that Mykola built
Kinga Anna Gajda
A day in an Istrian olive grove
STORIES AND IDEAS
On food and power
The land of the warm breeze
Katerina Novikova and Wiktor Trybus
HISTORY & MEMORY
Film as a counternarrative
A reflection of the modern populist
The liberating holiday of Sânziene
Kinga Anna Gajda
A tribute to Nemtsov
We had a dream
The essence of Central Asia