Convening 31 January 2020 Václav Havel Library
Global Challenges to Liberal Thought
Prague (Czech Republic)

Conference | Global Challenges to Liberal Thought: A comparative perspective on populist and authoritarian trends

January 31st – February 1st, 2020 | Václav Havel Library | Ostrovní 129/13, 110 00 Nové Město, Prague

From West to East, the spread of populist and authoritarian regimes is challenging the liberal order and undermining its core values. What are the roots of this phenomenon? And how can they be addressed?

To answer these questions Reset Dialogues on Civilizations and the Václav Havel Library are convening a two-day forum with some of the world’s foremost political scientists and philosophers for a comparative examination of the diverse perspectives on liberalism in contemporary political cultures.

At the heart of Europe, a continent divided between the centuries-long aspiration to liberty and democracy and the recent nationalist, illiberal surge, Prague’s Václav Havel Library will serve as the ideal venue to confront theories and interpretations of liberalism.

The wide range of renowned speakers from a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds will engage, through an intensive program of four panels and two roundtables, in a lively and productive debate on the frontiers of the liberal tradition at the dawn of the new 2020 decade.


Speakers:  Albena Azmanova • Giancarlo Bosetti • Craig Calhoun • José Casanova • Elisabetta Galeotti • Steven Hanson • Ivan Krastev • Jonathan Laurence • Chunrong Liu • Sebastiano Maffettone • Markéta Adamová Pekarová • Jiří Přibáň • Karel Schwarzenberg • Tomáš Sedláček  Luděk Sekyra • Abdel Hussain Shaban • Ananya Vajpeyi • Michel Wieviorka • Michael Žantovský

Attendance to the event is free and open to the public upon registration HERE.

The program will be released soon