Deadline: March 29, 2019 00:00 CET| Apply for a scholarship here
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Dates: August 14-30, 2019 | Register here
Scholarship eligibility: The grant to participate in the Seminar Week and the Alpbach Symposia is available to international applicants up to the age of 30. Applications from all countries and academic disciplines are welcome. Artists and non-graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Prices: starting from EUR 400,-
Location: Alpbach, Austria

European Alpbach Forum 2019

Liberty and Security is the general topic of the European Alpbach Forum 2019.

The bouncing back of liberalism post 1945 in Western and post 1989 in Eastern Europe led many to believe that liberal democracy and market economy had become the only game in town.

And that on the wings of globalisation it would pervade the whole world. But this is not the case.

Who or what is the midwife of current new waves of political illiberalism, economic protectionism and the obsession with security, often at the detriment of liberty?

When and why did we give up on striking a fair balance between liberty and security?

The Forum not only aims at analysing current developments, causes and driving forces, but also at delivering new perspectives and orientations. It also pays tribute to Karl Popper as a regular guest and to his constant plea for the open society in the aftermath of the great catastrophe of the 20th century, i.e. totalitarianism, the Shoah and WW II.

Thus, the Forum will give equal attention to pertinent topics from a philosophical, political, socio-economic, ecological and cultural perspective.

Alpbach Symposia

The Symposia are organised as self-contained conferences of two to three days’ duration which take place consecutively during the course of the European Forum Alpbach.

They each focus on a different subject area: In addition to the Health, the Political and the Economic Symposia and the Technology Forum, the programme today offers the Law Symposium, the Financial Market Symposium and Artists in Discourse. Arts & Culture from a vita, ingetragted part of the European Forum Alpbach.

The programmes are designed by separate advisory boards which join together experts from the fields in question. Numerous evening receptions round off the Symposia.

Seminar Week

The Alpbach Seminar Week constitutes the traditional academic part of the European Forum Alpbach. It is programmed according to the annual general topic by the Advisory Board, an interdisciplinary body of eminent scholars.

The topics of the seminars range from biology, chemistry and medicine to political science, sociology and economics as well as literature and art history. Current issues are analysed theoretically, theories are elucidated through practical examples.

Alpbach Campus

Under the guidance of renowned experts, participants have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in different fields and advance their professional skills.

Interested in attending the European Alpbach Forum 2019? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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