Authoritarianism and Democracy: Austria, Germany and Europe 1918-2018
University of California, Berkeley | April 18-20, 2018
Sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf wrote in 1997 that „a century of authoritarianism is by no means the least likely prognosis for the 21st century“. Due to economic globalization and digitalization, changes in the realms of life and work are vast and far-reaching, with profound consequences for democracy. This development, however, is not new—a look at globalization from the end of World War I to post-1945 Europe reveals comparable crises. Bridging l iterary, historical, economic and technological perspectives, this two-day conference examines the successes, and failures, of democracies, and analyzes a possible return of anti-democratic trends, both in present-day Europe and internationally.
Co-organized by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation; the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley; University of Vienna, Department of Contemporary History and Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies; the Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg.
Sponsored by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation; the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy of Austria; University of Vienna, Department of Contemporary History and Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies; the Stefan Zweig Centre, Salzburg; and the Institute of European Studies – Austrian Studies Program.