The program “Debates on Europe” in Мinsk

The program “Debates on Europe” started in 2012 and has been since then jointly developed by S. Fischer Stiftung, Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung and Allianz Kulturstiftung. In cooperation in Belarus with European College of Liberal Arts in Belarus (ECLAB).

7–10 December 2015
Minsk debate on Europe:

Diverse identity experiences — one nation?


8 December (Tuesday)
6 p.m. — 8.30 p.m. Discussion I (internal)

Venue: Imaguru (Fabrycyusa St, 4)

What are the ways to talk today about nation and nationalism?

Key issues:

What are the ways to talk about nation and process of nation formation? How the issues of “nation” and “national identity” are represented in public discourse and culture? What are the roles of Europe and Russia, images of 'Others' in these concepts?

Key speakers: Valer Bulgakau, Andrei Liankevich, Sergey Lebedev, Senad Pecanin.

Comments: Andrei Charniakevich, Tania Arcimovič, Iryna Vidanava.

Moderators: Olga Shparaga, Aleksey Bratochkin.

9 December (Wednesday)
10 a.m. — 12.30 p.m. Discussion II (internal)

Venue: Imaguru (Fabrycyusa st, 4)

National community and Social inclusion

Key issues:

How do national project and experience (life-world) correspond among different social groups? Are all the groups of Belarusian society equally included in Belarusian nation? Or are there any excluded (unseen or unwanted etc.) groups? Does the problem of social inclusion matter in our perception of the nation?

Key speakers: Andrej Karpeka, Raman Voranau, Marju Luts-Sootak, Bruno Schoch.

Comments: Oxana Haiko, Victoria Biran, Dmitry Strocev.

Moderators: Aleksey Bratochkin, Felix Ackerman.

18.30 p.m. — 21.00 p.m. Discussion III (public)

Venue: EventSpace (Kastrychnickaja st., 16 a)

Diverse identity experiences — one nation?

Key issues: What problems face modern “nations” nowadays in different parts of Europe? What effect does it have on reconsideration of the concepts of “nation” and “national identity”? Do we still need these concepts? What are the new actual ways (ideas, values, practices) for uniting people in Europe? What experience is crucial for all its parts?

Key speakers: Valentin Akudovich, Irina Solomatina, Boris Hersonsky, Ingo Petz.

Summary of previous discussion sessions: Aleksey Bratochkin.

Moderator: Olga Shparaga.


The Minsk Debate on Europe is financially supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Media partners are Eurozine, a network of European cultural journals, and the Magazine of Contemporary Belarusian Culture pARTisan.

The Minsk Debate on Europe has been organized in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Minsk, the monthly OSTEUROPA and the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of DAAD.