Sunday, September 30
Milan Hanyš in converstaion with Ludger Hagedorn
It might be the greatest text ever written depicting the nature and fragility of late communist power: Václav Havel’s 1978 essay “The Power of the Powerless.” The green grocer who puts the slogan “Workers of the world, unite!” on his shop window becomes a symbol not of socialist enthusiasm, but of the indignity of enforced consent – lives lived in lies. Charles University humanities scholar and IWM Patočka Fellow Milan Hanyš discusses the relevance of Havel’s concepts of human existence, “living in truth”, human dignity and individual rights to the contemporary political condition of the West. Ludger Hagedorn, IWM Permanent Fellow and head of its Patočka Archive and Program conducts the conversation.