Eva Hoffman

is a Polish American writer and academic, based in London. She was born in Kraków to a family of Holocaust survivors and emigrated to Canada when she was...

Bernhard Schlink

is a German writer, and professor of public law and the philosophy of law at Berlin’s Humboldt University. He was a judge of the Constitutional Court...

Oksana Zabuzhko

is a Ukrainian writer. She was born in Lutsk in the Volhynia region in 1960 and studied philosophy and aesthetics in Kiev. She made her poetry debut at the...

Olumide Popoola

is a London-based Nigerian German author, poet, performer and speaker who presents internationally, often collaborating with musicians or other artists. She...

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...

Patrik Ouředník

is a Czech writer and translator. In 1984 he emigrated to Paris and from 1986 to 1998 served as editor and head of the literature section of the quarterly...

Artemy Troitsky

is a celebrated Russian activist, cultural critic, university lecturer and journalist. In the eighties, Troitsky played a significant role in the anti-Soviet...

Shams Asadi

is the City of Vienna’s human rights commissioner and the director of its newly opened Human Rights Office. Before becoming the city’s human rights...

Pascal Bruckner

is a French philosopher based in Paris. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Lunes de fiel (Evil Angels, made by Roman Polanski into a...

Siobhan Kattago

is an American, who emigrated from New York to Estonia with her husband and children in 2001. She is senior research fellow in philosophy at the University...

G. M. Tamás

is a Hungarian Marxist philosopher and public intellectual, one of the most important political voices in Europe. Trained as a philosopher and author of...

Viktor Vladimirovich Erofeyev

is a Russian writer based in Moscow. He was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers as an organizer of the samizdat literary magazine Metropol and banned...

Ivan Krastev

is a Bulgarian political scientist, based, in Sofia where he chairs the Centre for Liberal Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian edition of...

Martin C. Putna

is a Czech literary historian. A graduate in Russian language and literature from Prague’s Charles University, he is now a professor at his alma mater....

Adam Michnik

is a Polish writer and journalist, the founder and editor-in-chief of the daily Gazeta Wyborcza. He lives in Warsaw and has been visiting professor at...

Egon Gál

is a philosopher based in Bratislava. A Slovak Technical University chemistry graduate, he switched to philosophy after 1989, and has taught at various...

Michal Havran

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

Martin M. Šimečka

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

Michal Hvorecký

is a writer, blogger, columnist and translator. He lives in Bratislava and heads the Goethe-Institut Library. He has published several novels, including...

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...

Chris Keulemans

is a Dutch writer and journalist based in Amsterdam. He grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1984 he founded the literary bookshop Perdu; later he worked at De...

Leonidas Donskis

is a Lithuanian philosopher, political theorist, historian of ideas and political commentator, known as a staunch defender of human rights and civil...

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...

Haris Pašović

is a Bosnian theatre and film director based in Sarajevo. Over the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a playwright, producer,...

Jurko Prochasko

is a Ukrainian essayist and translator. Born in Ivano-Frankivsk he is now based in Lviv and works at the Literary Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of...

Sławomir Sierakowski

is the founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), a group of Polish left-wing intellectuals, artists and activists with its own...

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...

Abdelkader Benali

is a Moroccan-Dutch writer of Berber background, currently based in Amsterdam. He has written eight novels, several plays and a documentary feature on the...

Robert Menasse

is an Austrian writer and philosopher based in Vienna. He studied German, philosophy and political science in Vienna and Salzburg. An acclaimed author...

Katya Gorchinskaya

(Slovensky)

je ukrajinská investigatívna repotérka Rádia Slobodná Európa, bývalá zástupkyňa šéfredaktora Kyiev Post, ktorá taktiež prispieva do...

Iveta Radičová

is a sociologist and currently Slovakia’s Prime Minister. A teacher at the Comenius University in Bratislava, she was named full professor following...

Programme Central European Forum

Tuesday November 10th, 2015

Eva Hoffman, Oksana Zabuzhko, Bernhard Schlink, Viktor Erofeyev, Pascal Bruckner, Gilles Kepel, Adam Michnik, G. M. Tamás, Sławomir Sierakowski, Olumide Popoola – these are just some of the European writers and intellectuals who will come to Bratislava to debate hot issues of the day from 13 to 15 November at this year’s Central European Forum at Astorka-Korzo’90 Theatre (see provisional programme). Attendance free.

What would you like to hear at Central European Forum?

Wednesday November 4th, 2015

Do let us know if there are any specific issues you would like our Central European panellists to discuss. We will pass your questions and suggestions to the moderators who will make sure they are included in the discussions.

Everyone is Lying

Sunday November 1st, 2015

“Freedom of opinion is a farce unless factual information is guaranteed,” Hannah Arendt argued in her famous essay Truth and Politics. We still remember how dangerous factual information was deemed to be under dictatorship.