Topics – International Round Table

The 10 topics of the international round table will be presented by selected speakers at the satellite tables.


October 7, 2021 – Topic of the day: Change through participation

Rainer Eckert (Historian, political scientist, former director of Zeitgeschichtliches
Forum Leipzig)

Future-oriented culture of remembrance and historical research – Active, independent, and critical reappraisal of the history of dictatorships

  • Democratic culture of remembrance – How can it be actively lived and shaped?

  • Multi-perspective – A necessary challenge for social peace and cohesion

  • European freedom revolutions1989/90 – How are they remembered today and how up-to-date are their demands? Which parallels are there with current revolutions?

Modern capitalism – A global problem

  • Growing global wealth disparity – The wealth of the countries of the global North is growing on the backs of the countries of the global South
  • Increasing privatisation of basic supply – Housing and land, water and food as well as health must not be speculative goods!
  • A good life for all! – What can an economy of solidarity look like and how can it be shaped by civil society?

Anne Pinnow (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie e.V.)

Amanda Luna Tacunan (Climate Justice Activist, MamaKiya e.V.)

Climate justice and responsible resource policy

  • Climate change and environmental degradation – Long-term damage to nature, habitats, and health and what we can do about it
  • Economic growth at any price? – Politics, economics, and consumerism as the cause of the climate crisis
  • The future belongs to us! – How can we shape the future in a global, just and ecological way?

Democracy in danger? – Societal challenges for democratic coexistence

  • Rising populism and nationalism – How can we prevent populists and nationalists from gaining more influence and further dividing society?
  • Coping with crises democratically – How can we deal with crises democratically? What qualities do resilient democracies need?
  • Democracy for all! – What changes are needed, to dismantle structural barriers and enable political participation for all?

Magdalena Marsovszky (Publicist, cultural scientist, lecturer HS Fulda)

Matthew Caruana Galizia (Daphne Caruana Galiza Foundation)

End corruption, strengthen lobby control!

  • For whom do parliaments vote? – Lobbyism, corruption and business interests as a danger to democracy
  • Power and self-enrichment – Corruption, fraud, and nepotism in the awarding of major public contracts and basic supplies
  • Strengthen society! – How can citizens voice their demands more effectively, even against corporate interests?

October 8, 2021 – Topic of the day: Change through Solidarity

Flight and Migration – Human rights at risk!?

  • European responsibility!? – Border fortification and inhumane camps at the external borders; Frontex, illegal push-backs and so-called “refugee agreements” with third countries
  • Lack of alternatives – From lack of future prospects at the place of origin to exploitation of labour and lack of rights as a migrant
  • The answer: solidarity! – Fight the causes of flight together! For the right to freedom of movement and asylum!

Madeline Mawamba and Serah Wangari (Women in Exile)

Kemija Hodžić ( journalist on transitional justice, peacebuilding in postconflict
societies and
human rights projects)

Working for peace and against violence – A long way to go

  • How to intervene? – Peace work and mediation between parties to a conflict in existing crises and wars

  • A complicated and lengthy task – Social stabilisation and reconciliation in former crisis regions

  • Violence against minorities – Racism, hate crime and persecution of minorities as a global problem

Defend media freedom, press freedom, and investigative journalism!

  • Political conformity and persecution – Difficulties for independent and investigative journalism in totalitarian states
  • Media: the enemy – Effects of increasing right-wing pressure, populism, and conspiracy theories on the media
  • Social Media and the Attention Economy – High-reach fake news as a challenge for journalism and democracy

Yüksel Durgut (International Journalists)

Natalia Satsunkevich (Human Rights Center „Viasna“)

Effects of state surveillance and totalitarianism

  • Activists = enemies of the state?! – Surveillance and repression as a state tool against political and social activism as well as democratic, extra-parliamentary opposition

  • Life in totalitarianism – Limited human rights situation in dictatorial regimes

  • Freedom vs. security? – Expansion, digitalisation, and militarisation of police and surveillance apparatuses to the detriment of human rights and freedoms

Women’s and LGBTIQA* rights – A task in its own right in the context of the human rights movement

  • A long way to equality – Violence against women*; everyday sexism; lack of the right to corporal self-determination, under-representation in offices, professions, and politics as well as unequal distribution of care work as persistent problems

  • Situation of LGBTIQA* – Empowerment, recognition, and visibility in the face of persecution, violence, and discrimination as well as unequal treatment by the state

  • Feminism on the rise – Achievements through international and intersectional solidarity, struggles, and movements

Ronya Othmann (Author and journalist)