Topics – International Round Table

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 revolutions 1989/90 – How are they remembered today and how up-to-date are their demands?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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!

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

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