Publications / IWMpost
The magazine IWMpost reports on the activities of the Institute and offers original contributions by its fellows and guests. IWMpost is published two times a year and sent to subscribers free of charge.
- IWMpost 127: History and Memory
“History and memory” make up the central focus of this issue. Robert Skidelsky illustrates how questions of interpretation and positionality have pushed the claim of objective reconstruction of the past into the background in the mainstream understanding of history. His essay provided the inspiration for the cover of this issue which shows a statue of King Leopold II of Belgium in Ghent that was smeared with red paint and removed just as the country was about to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congo's independence. The other essays in this focus address the official politics of memory (Sergei Medvedev, Nikolai Antoniadis), the difficulty but also the need to confront the unpleasant aspects of one's own past (Teresa Reiter, Jerko Bakotin), the problems of critical historians in authoritarian regimes (Felix Ackermann) and the function of memorial sites and monuments (Iryna Sklokina).
Other contributions shed light on the severe consequences of the pandemic among socially vulnerable groups such as migrants and prisoners (Giorgia Donà, Paula Banarjee, Eric Reinhart), address contemporary capitalism (Branco Milanovic, Mariana Mazzucato, Albena Azmanova, Pedro Perfeito da Silva), deal with current challenges to liberalism (Judy Dempsey, Michael Igantieff) and Russia's and China's relationship to the West and the international order (Volha Biziukova, Thomas Eder), and honor Marcin Król, a long-time friend of the IWM who sadly passed away last November (Ivan Vejvoda, Marci Shore, Tim Snyder).
- IWMpost 126: Democracy in Question
This issue considers "Democracy in Question", looking at the future of democracy with articles from Ruth Wodak, Wolfgang Merkel, and Till van Rahden. Our Rector, Shalini Randeria and Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder write on healthcare and politics. Protest movements in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine are considered as well as a focus on migration and border politics, including articles by IWM Permanent Fellow Ayşe Cağlar and Amade M’charek
- IWMpost 125: Is it Tomorrow Yet?
In this issue Ivan Krastev considers how we can learn to live with the unthinkable. Ranabir Samaddar and Jiří Přibáň address the coronavirus pandemic. Eva Illouz writes on Social Demoracy and Capitalism and Laura Engelstein delves into the recurrent issue of Antismeitism.