Dana Němcová

is a Czech psychologist and communist-era dissident, based in Prague. The mother of seven children and one of the first Charter 77 signatories and later its...

Andrej Kiska

is the fourth President of the Slovak Republic, elected as an independent on 29 March 2014. A graduate in microelectronics, former businessman and...

Chris Keulemans

is a Dutch writer, journalist, teacher and moderator based in Amsterdam. He grew up in Baghdad and Jakarta. After settling in Amsterdam, he founded the...

Natalie Nougayrède

is a French journalist based in London. In 2014 she joined The Guardian’s senior editorial team and has since served as the newspaper’s columnist, leader...

Ilija Trojanow

is a Bulgarian-German writer, translator and publisher, currently based in Vienna. Born in Sofia, he left Bulgaria with his parents in 1971 and obtained...

Peter Pomerantsev

is an author and documentary producer. He was born in the Soviet Union, grew up in the UK. He is project chair for the Information Warfare Initiative at the...

Dubravka Ugrešić

is a Croatian novelist and essayist. Following degrees in Comparative and Russian Literature, Ugrešić worked for many years at the University of Zagreb’s...

Gilles Kepel

is a French orientalist, sociologist and political scientist, one of Europe’s eminent experts on the Islam and the Arab world. He graduated from the...

Jan-Werner Müller

is a German political scientist, a fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna and since 2005 a professor at the Politics Department, Princeton...

Michal Havran

is a writer and founder and editor-in-chief of the Slovak online current-affairs website Jetotak.sk. He lives in Bratislava. He studied Protestant theology...

Tony Curzon Price

is a British economist and entrepreneur educated at Lincoln College, Oxford (PPE) and University College London (PhD, Economics). From 2007 to 2012 he was...

Aspen Brinton

is a political theorist and professor at Boston College. She teaches courses on dissidence, social justice, ethics, and international politics. Her research...

Oľga Gyárfášová

is a sociologist based in Bratislava. From 1993 she worked as a researcher and analyst at the FOCUS research agency. She later co-founded the Institute for...

Roger Griffin

is Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University. He is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the...

Kornél Mundruczó

is a Hungarian actor, film director and screenwriter. A graduate of the Hungarian University of Film and Drama, he has directed many short and five features...

Martin M. Šimečka

is a writer and journalist based in Bratislava. Before 1989 he could publish only in samizdat; later he co-founded the Archa Publishing House, and edited the...

Marie-Claude Souaid

is a Lebanese urban anthropologist. She studied sociology at Université Lyon II and taught at universities in France, Algeria and Lebanon. In 2004 she...

Nick Cohen

is an English journalist based in London. A columnist with The Observer since 1996, he also writes occasional pieces for Time, the Spectator, Standpoint and...

Jacques Rupnik

is a French historian and political scientist, specialising in Eastern and Central Europe. He is based in Paris. After studying at the Sorbonne and Harvard...

Sławomir Sierakowski

is a Polish intellectual and commentator. He is the founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), a group of Polish left-wing intellectuals,...

Irena Brežná

is a writer and journalist. Born in Slovakia, she emigrated with her family to Switzerland in 1968 and now lives in Basle. She has worked as psychologist,...

Grażyna Plebanek

is a Polish writer and journalist. A graduate of Warsaw University, she has worked as a reporter for Reuters News Agency and the biggest Polish daily Gazeta...

Tibor Dessewffy

is a Hungarian sociologist currently based in Budapest. He chairs the DEMOS think tank Hungary Foundation and works as an associate professor at the Faculty...

Michael Žantovský

is a Czech writer, translator and diplomat, currently the director of the Václav Havel Library in Prague. After graduating in psychology he practised the...

Jana Starek

is an Austrian historian, writer and translator. She lives in Vienna and works at the Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. She gained her PhD at the...

Anna Gács

is a Hungarian literature scholar, critic and translator, based in Budapest. She studied literature and art theory. In 1999 – 2000 she was the...

Niccolò Milanese

is a British cultural activist, President of European Alternatives and member of the elected steering committees of the Cultural Innovators Network and the...

Thierry Chervel

is a German journalist with Franco-German roots based in Berlin. After studying music theory, he worked as staff writer for the German daily taz and later as...

Zygmunt Bauman

is a Polish sociologist and philosopher, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds and at the University of Warsaw. Professor Bauman is one...

Aleksandra Jasińska-Kania

is a Polish sociologist. She is Professor Emerita at the Institute of Sociology at Warsaw University, where she has served since 1990. She specialises in...

Highlights from Central European Forum 2016

Monday November 14th, 2016

The eighth Central European Forum CEF 2016 was opened on Friday 11 November by writer and journalist Chris Keulemans: “Central European Forum is a place where the spirit of the Velvet Revolution is not a distant memory but an everyday inspiration, where the most brilliant minds of this continent are confronted with questions to debate in public that would terrify if they had to face them in the solitude of their writers‘ rooms.”

Central European Forum 2016 / Programme

Saturday November 5th, 2016

Central European Forum is nearly upon us – the theme is Antidotes to Despair. Please note some scheduling changes to the Bratislava Programme (11- 13 November) and new information on events in Banská Bystrica (14 and 18 November).

White God

Thursday November 3rd, 2016

A screening of Kornél Mundruczó’s film followed by a discussion with the authors.