Standing up to autocracy

Welcome to this international seminar on Europe's alternative futures. 

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Photo: Protest rally against Lukashenko, 16 August. Minsk, Belarus, from Wikimedia

This seminar is a forum for opening a dialogue on such issues as:

  • Do Europeans continue to misread present threats to their democracy as a result of their traumatic and authoritarian past?
  • How can European civil society organizations and genuinely democratic politics counteract the growing forces of populism, authoritarianism, and the othering of minorities? 
  • Should Norway consider joining the European Union in the context of current political threats and socio-economic challenges to the fabric of European civilization? 

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Brief introduction by Nina Witoszek/ Arne Naess Programme on Global Justice and the Environment, SUM, UiO

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Keynote lecture by Masha Gessen, journalist and writer, The New Yorker:

Putin’s Vision of Eurasia as a Challenge to the European Union

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Keynote lecture by Roger Griffin, international expert of fascist and terrorist movements, Oxford Brookes University:

The Fog of Peace: How Revisioning the Threats to European Democracy Can Lead to its Renewal.

Roger Griffin


Panel debate: Imagining democracy 2.0

The panel debate will be followed by a Q&A from the audience.


Image may contain: Glasses, Forehead, Nose, Glasses, Head.Kjetil Wiedsvang, journalist, Dagens Næringsliv

Image may contain: Necklace, Nose, Cheek, Smile, Eyebrow.Karolina Dreszer-Smalec, National Federation of Polish NGOs in Warsaw, Vice President of European Civic Forum in Brussels

Image may contain: Person, Forehead, Smile, Chin, Hairstyle.Jan Erik Grindheim, University of South-Eastern Norway/Civita

Heidi Nordby Lunde

Heidi Nordby Lunde, head of Europabevegelsen, Norway


Roger GriffinRoger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University

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Nik Brandal, Oslo New University College




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This event - sponsored by the Fritt Ord Stiftelse, and organized in collaboration with the Oslo New University College  -  is part of an international conference on autocracy and civil society movements.


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Published May 20, 2022 10:28 AM - Last modified June 16, 2022 9:17 AM