Central Europe facing risks: reinventing solidarity?

In the framework of the Night of Ideas and on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of CEFRES, the French Institute in Prague and CEFRES invite you to the online conference “Central Europe facing risks: reinventing solidarity?”

Given the environmental, safety and now health risks facing Europe, especially Central Europe, two main attitudes are clashing: national and community withdrawal on the one hand, and national and international solidarity on the other. How can we (re)invent forms of solidarity in Central Europe? What kind of historical experience can inspire public action today and outline the contours of living together? How can we answer to the challenges posed by the current pandemic to social cohesion within European nations but also to the cohesion of the European Union itself? A French historian, a Polish philosopher and a Czech journalist will share their expertise and confront their points of view on these crucial issues.


Opening words by Alexis Dutertre, French Ambassador in the Czech Republic.

Thomas Serrier, historian, professor at the University of Lille, co-publisher (with Etienne François) of Europa. Notre histoire, Les Arènes, Paris, 2017.

Michał Kozłowski, philosopher, associate professor at the University of Warsaw, author of Le Monde diplomatique (Polish edition).

Saša Uhlová, reporter.

Moderator: Jérôme Heurtaux, political scientist, director of CEFRES.

The conference will be available live:

– in French with Czech simultaneous translation via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97516953316?pwd=Mk5mQVJWR0FOKzkzZkNEUlgzM3pBUT09,

– in French on the Facebook of CEFRES and the French Institute in Prague.