4th Annual Conference
The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues
Prague, May 15, 2017

Where Does Europe Begin and End?

„Reflecting on Europeanism means inquiring what set of values, ideals or principles evokes, or characterises the notion of Europe. And more than that: It also entails, by definition, a critical examination of that set of thoughts, followed soon by the realisation that many European traditions, principles or values may be double-edged, and that some of them  if carried too far and used, or abused, in certain ways  can lead us to hell.“

Vaclav Havel: European Parliament, Strasbourg, 16 February 2000

When and where

  • Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
  • Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
  • Organiser: Vaclav Havel Library, Prague
  • Partners: European Commission Represenation in the Czech Republic; DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Polish Institute Prague, Sekyra Group
  • Conference Programme
  • Photographs from the Conference

Videorecordings

Monday 15, 2017

The conference was held in English and Czech and was simultaneously translated into Czech and English.

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„For the real question is whether the brighter future is really always so distant. What if, on the contrary, it has benn here for a long time already, and only our own blindness and weakness has prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

What Price Human Rights?