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9 May 2014 18:30 - 20:00

HE Michael Žantovský: What is the Meaning of Europe?

As the continent prepares to elect a new European Parliament and the UK considers its future within the European Union, a glaring question remains: What is the meaning of Europe? Czech writer, former dissident and now Czech ambassador to the UK HE Michael Žantovský is joined by a panel of philosophers and political activists to attempt an answer. Organised as part of Bristol Festival of Ideas. Free entry but registration is necessary.

Panellists will include:Teresa Pullano and Anya Topolski.
The active democratic participation of the audience will be essential to the running of the event.

More information and registration HERE


Michael Žantovský was a founding member of the Civic Forum, the umbrella organization that coordinated the overthrow of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia and the peaceful transfer of power during the Velvet Revolution. He subsequently served as the press secretary, spokesman, and political director for President Vaclav Havel. In 2003 he co-founded a Prague-based think-tank Program of Atlantic Security Studies and served as its first executive director. Žantovský later returned to the Foreign Service as the Czech Ambassador to Israel. He is currently the Czech Ambassador to the Court of St. James. He has translated more than 50 works of contemporary English and American literature into Czech. He has also published a book on the life and films of Woody Allen.

Teresa Pullano is an Italian political theorist. Her work focus on European citizenship, communitarianism, and democracy. She recently collaborated with the Oecumene, Citizenship After Orientalism Project hosted by the Open University.

Anya Topolski is a political philosopher and activist working in Belgium. In 2009 she was awarded the Auschwitz Foundation prize for her work on philosophy and religion. She currently writes the relation between Judeo-Christianity and European identity, especially in relation to Islamophobia. Anya is active in Belgian politics in issues related to gender, religion and race. She recently ran for local office as a member of the Flemish Green party (Groen).

In partnership with UWE Social Science in the City and the Royal Institute of Philosophy

General Enquiries: 0117 927 6444


Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

9 May 2014 18:30 - 20:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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