«Risk makes its appearance on the world stage when God leaves it. Risk presuppose human decision», the statement by the German sociologist Ulrich Beck (2008) makes us aware that it is the shift from providence to the responsibility of our decisions, which now defines our daily and social life.
The F(EU)TURE FESTIVAL took place from 1 to 16 of March 2019. Together with CLB Berlin, the European Democracy Lab turned Moritzplatz into a place breathing the European spirit as it is aptly called on the festival’s website. Together with activists, researchers, artists, intellectuals and a large number of visitors from all sectors of society, the state and future of European democracy were discussed. Our authors were on the spot and will go into some of the events below.
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) are jointly organising a series of scientific lectures on the topic "Making sense of the digital society". The rapid pace of technological change leads to enormous uncertainties. On 6 March 2019, Eva Illouz spoke at the HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) about “Capitalist subjectivity and the Internet”.
The European Union is often called an undemocratic (and bureaucratic) monster, left-wing debates in particular are dominated by narratives like this. But how could a leftist approach to the EU look like?