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International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 3: Cooperations in Crisis

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In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance. > More

Platform East: Activism 1.01
Conversations with Activists, Experts and Researchers

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Anyone can be an activist nowadays. Is this really the case? Which parameters influence the development and sustainability of social protest movements? What motivates protesters, especially youth activists? What is the relationship between civil society and the state in times of protest? What forms does activism take when protesting in public space is prohibited? What lies behind art activism—an aestheticization of the political or a politicization of art? > More

Platform East: What Is Activism, Anyway?

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The experts will discuss their definitions of activism: Does activism have to be political, or even visible? What happens at the interface between art and activism? > More

Dead-end Jobs:
Precarious Work in Central and Eastern Europe – and Germany

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, precarious working conditions in Germany have become more visible. Due to a lack of protective measures in the workplace and cramped conditions in collective accommodation and residential containers, many workers from Eastern Europe have become infected with the virus. The pandemic has acted like a magnifying glass, exposing these injustices. Can the current spotlight on the situation be used to sustainably improve working conditions for seasonal workers in Germany? > More

POSTCAST
Wine and Recap #3

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 2: It’s Not All About the Money

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In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance. > More

Baltic Transfer: Can Cultural Exchange Be Re-Imagined?

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All theatre makers from the Baltic countries that are participating in POSTWEST were born or were children when a peaceful political demonstration named the Baltic Way or Baltic Chain (in Estonian: Balti kett; Latvian: Baltijas ceļš; Lithuanian: Baltijos kelias) occurred on August 23, 1989. Two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometres across the three Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—which were considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union. It was a clear statement and a performative act at the same time. The artists come from countries with a strong theatrical tradition, but they also have a need for their own voice to be expressed. How does this collective experience and history impact their artistic practices? > More

POSTCAST
Wine and Recap #2

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

We are here for you
Discussion on 'The Heroes of Capitalist Labor' by Saša Uhlová

Prague City Theatres, Prague/Czech Republic | Discourse

Acclaimed Czech journalist Saša Uhlová worked in various jobs—full-time, part-time, and temporary—under an assumed identity. For months, she monitored what wages employees were really receiving and whether the Labor Code was being upheld, exploring what life was like for the people working in the lowest-paid jobs in the Czech Republic. She worked in a hospital laundry room, a chicken processing plant, a supermarket, a razor factory, and a waste management plant. > More

International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 1: Searching for Allies

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In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance. > More

Platform East: Crisis Managers Wanted
Authoritarian vs. Democratic Systems in Times of Instability

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The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn more attention to the relationship between citizens and the state. At the beginning of the pandemic, it seemed that authoritarian states were able to cope with this exceptional situation better than democratic societies, and that “strong leadership” paid off for citizens in times of crisis. Five months later, however, the outcome is completely different in each state, particularly in the countries of Eastern Europe. Can successful crisis management really be attributed to the political system? > More

POSTCAST
Wine and Recap #1

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

POSTCAST
with Alina Aleshchenko, Wiebke Jahns and surprise guest

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

POSTCAST
with Maija Pavlova

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

POSTCAST
with Vlad Troitskyi and Andriy Palatnyi

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

Platform East: An Unholy Alliance?
“Christian Values” and Anti-Gender Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

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What are the driving factors behind the “unholy alliance” of religion and politics, in which gender is equated with demoralization? What role do the Catholic and Orthodox Churches play in this process? How do the different denominations of the Christian church position themselves and engage in this conflict of values? > More

A way out of the niche?
Belarusian literature and its future

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Since the 1990s, Belarusian writers who do not belong to the official, pro-government writers' union and write in Belarusian have found themselves in a precarious position: due to a lack of support and systematic marginalization in public discourse, they are destined to a niche existence, both culturally and linguistically. Belarusian is regarded as secondary to Russian by the state, which is the main reason why language is regarded by many Belarusian authors as a medium of resistance—even including those who write in Russian themselves, such as Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich. > More

Platform East: Urban Activism in Eastern Europe

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One often hears people speaking of weak civil societies in the Eastern European context. The image of citizens intimidated into political passivity still persists all too stubbornly. Yet anyone taking a closer look is bound to notice that resistance to neoliberal and authoritarian structures has been stirring up in many Eastern European cities. This resistance is expressed in creative forms of protest, artistic interventions, and the (re)appropriation of urban space. > More

Platform East:
(De)constructing Stereotypes.
Media Images in the European Press

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The media shapes our perception of political events, people, public debates, countries – and the stereotypes associated with them – within society. When we think about Eastern Europe our judgments are also inevitably influenced by imagery constructed by the media through pictures and texts. But how accurate are these images and between what tensions are they created? > More

Ivan Krastev:
The Light That Failed – A Reckoning

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In the political analysis presented in The Light that Failed, Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes argue that the supposed “end of history” turned out to be the beginning of an “Age of Imitation”. For almost three decades the imperative for the East was: “Imitate the West”! Through this imperative, the life of the imitators was increasingly dominated by feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, dependence, and the loss of identity. > More