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The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is a non-university research institution registered as an association and predominantly financed by public funds. Founded in 1953, the Vienna-based institute carries out fundamental research and mediation work with a regional focus on Central, East and South East Europe. We are a think tank and a platform for actors and stakeholders from academia, politics, economy, administration, culture, media and civil society. In addition to research, our activities focus on knowledge transfer and science communication through events, publications and educational programs.
 
In line with our slogan European perspectives — Regional actions. Cooperation and expertise since 1953, the experts of IDM follow a pro-European approach in order to implement regional actions. We aim to enhance cross-border cooperation, dialogue and knowledge exchange in the region and beyond. Our work is based on the principles of liberal democracy and shared values, goals and visions with our neighbours.
With this IDM Podcast Series, we expand our formats in providing our knowledge and expertise to a wider audience. You can expect high quality discussions about recent topics concerning the Danube Region, Central and South East Europe.

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The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is a non-university research institution registered as an association and predominantly financed by public funds. Founded in 1953, the Vienna-based institute carries out fundamental research and mediation work with a regional focus on Central, East and South East Europe. We are a think tank and a platform for actors and stakeholders from academia, politics, economy, administration, culture, media and civil society. In addition to research, our activities focus on knowledge transfer and science communication through events, publications and educational programs.
 
In line with our slogan European perspectives — Regional actions. Cooperation and expertise since 1953, the experts of IDM follow a pro-European approach in order to implement regional actions. We aim to enhance cross-border cooperation, dialogue and knowledge exchange in the region and beyond. Our work is based on the principles of liberal democracy and shared values, goals and visions with our neighbours.
With this IDM Podcast Series, we expand our formats in providing our knowledge and expertise to a wider audience. You can expect high quality discussions about recent topics concerning the Danube Region, Central and South East Europe.

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    Passive listeners or actors for change?

    Passive listeners or actors for change?

    As students, engagement is a key driver of one’s personal development.
    But what does engagement mean? Which place plays youth in academia? Are they passive listeners or actors for change?
    In July 2022, the DRC Summer School on the Future of Academia in the Danube Region took place in Vienna and welcomed around twenty participants from all over Europe. We took the chance to talk with actors from academia about their views on student engagement.  
    This podcast brings together diverse natives and personal opinions, between anonymous interviews and discourses from Darija Benic, Romina Kali, Tea Memushi, Kërkesë Zogjani, as well as the president and rector of CEU Shalini Randeria.
    Guest: Darija Benic, a student at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy; Romina Kali Lawyer and Researcher in the field of transitional justice in Shkodër, Albania; Tea Memushi assistant lecturer and student counselling coordinator at the University College Pavaresia, Albania; Kërkesë Zogjani student in psychology at the University of Pristina; Kosovo.
    Host: Gloria Becerill, IDM trainee and student of Local Development Master's degree at the University of Padua; Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 
    Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 

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    • 22 min
    Where the river flows, science follows

    Where the river flows, science follows

    The Danube Tech Valley Initiative, Central Europe’s next innovative driver 
    Countries of the Danube Region find common ground with their shared cultures and histories but also their variety of traditional industries. During the past decades, innovative technologies have flooded the region, although western countries remain the prominent leader in innovation. Yet, a new driver is awaiting, and it seems that Central Europe and the Danube Region only need the right resources.     
    The Danube Tech Valley Initiativeaims to actively use the region's innovative wealth to create a vibrant hub of industries and technology. Supported by the global think-tank GLOBSEC, the DTVI set the goal of building an innovative ecosystem in the Central European Region.     
    Which concrete opportunity does the Danube Tech Valley represent for CEE? Which obstacle lies ahead, especially regarding potential regional and EU-level dichotomies?  
    Sebastian Schäffer (IDM) tackled these questions with Wilhelm Molterer, Chairman of GLOBSEC Board of Directors, former Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister of Austria. 
    Our guest recommendation:   
    Janoska Ensemble, THE BIG B‘s – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Beatles, Bizet & Bartók 
    Guest: Wilhelm Molterer, Chairman of GLOBSEC Board of Directors, former Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister of Austria. 
    Host: Sebastian Schäffer, Managing Director at IDM 
    Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 

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    • 18 min
    European Through Culture

    European Through Culture

    Novi Sad as the European Capital of Culture 2022 
    On the 1st of January 2022, the Serbian city Novi Sad officially became the European Capital of Culture. With one year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Novi Sad is among the first cities outside the European Union and the first from the Western Balkans to be awarded this title.    
    Created in 1985, European Capitals of Culture highlight the continent's richness and diversity of cities. Moreover, it brings together people from all over Europe, promotes European understanding and collaboration.     
    Is European Capital of Culture only a prestigious title, or does it have concrete actions and consequences on the ground and amongst ordinary people? 
    Daniel Martinek (IDM) discusses this topic with Sara Vuletić, Programme Director at the Foundation “Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture”. 
    Our guest recommendation:   
    The Cultural Station Svilara, Novi Sad 
    Guest: Sara Vuletić, Programme Director at the Foundation “Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture” 
    Host: Daniel Martínek, Research Associate at IDM  
    Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 

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    • 20 min
    Two-front War

    Two-front War

    The fight for Pride and the nation in Ukraine
    The war in Ukraine is often framed as a struggle over Ukrainians belonging to either the East or the West. Given this, it becomes clear why especially LGBTQIA+ activists stress Ukraine’s commitment to so-called Western values. They include human rights and, in particular, the acceptance of the queer community. On the other side, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin created “traditional values” as the dominant narrative in his third presidential term. Experts state that the Kremlin constructed homophobia as geopolitics, and the war on Ukraine is the continuation of this politics by other means. Indeed, Putin even targeted the queer community in his February 24 speech, which attempts to justify the attacks on Ukraine. 
    What are the realities for trans people in the war? Do they encounter discrimination during their flight or fight? And how has queer activist work changed within Ukraine?  
    Melanie Jaindl (IDM) asked these questions to Edward Reese, a queer activist and project assistant at Kyiv Pride. Edward shares their own experiences of leaving Ukraine, their opinions about gendered war narratives and explains the importance of searching for LGBTQIA+ communities in a new environment. 
    Our guest recommendation:   
    The 2022 Eurovision’s winner Kalush Orchestra’s video clip Stefania, 2022 
    Sources about Ukraine in English:  
    The telegram channel Ukraine Now [English] 
    The daily newspaper The Kyiv Independent 
    The daily newspaper Kyiv Post 
    The media platform Hromadske International  
    The twitter channel @xenasolo 
    The Instagram account Svidomi, @svidomi_eng 
    Looking for the queer community in Vienna? Get in touch with Queer Base. 
    To learn more about LGBTQIA+ topics, check out our other podcasts: 
    Pride despite Prejudice - Sarajevo's first rainbow march in 2019, with Emina Bošnjak and Emma Hontebeyrie. 
    Nationalism in the scope of patriarchy, with Dr Elissa Helms and Chiara Maria Murgia. 
    Guest: Edward Reese, queer activist and project assistant for Kyiv Pride. 
    Host: Melanie Jaindl, Assistant Editor at IDM  
    Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 

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    • 27 min
    Nationalism in the scope of patriarchy

    Nationalism in the scope of patriarchy

    While nationalism has mainly been recognized – and researched – as one of the most influential ideologies of modern times, its connection with morality and sexual norms started to receive attention relatively recently. In Europe, this phenomenon has taken root at different paces and scales, marking the continent's political cultures and multiple identities.   
    How is a national discourse constructed? How does it intersect with human life's social, private and political dimensions?  
    Focusing on the Western Balkans experience, Chiara Maria Murgia (IDM) discusses these with Elissa Helms, Associate Professor at the Central European University. 
    Our guest recommendation:   
    Maja Bajević's performance, Dressed Up, 1999  
    Jasmila Žbanić's movies: Grbavica, 2006; For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, 2013; Quo Vadis, Aida? 2020  
    References mentioned in the program:   
    Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, 1983  
    Dubravka Zarkov, The Body of War: Media, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Break-up of Yugoslavia, 2007  
    Elissa Helms, Innocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nation, and Women's Activism in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2013  
    Guest: Dr Elissa Helms, Associate Professor at the Central European University.   
    Host: Chiara Maria Murgia, Project Assistant at IDM  
    Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 

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    • 32 min
    Pride despite Prejudice

    Pride despite Prejudice

    Sarajevo's first rainbow march in 2019
    Promoting empowerment, dignity and equality of the LGBTQIA* community, pride honours queer history.  
    In 2019, Sarajevo celebrated its first rainbow march. Bosnia and Herzegovina was the last country in the Western Balkans to organise a parade but it gathered 3 000 participants and took place without violence. The event marked a turning point in the democratic path of the Balkan state. 
    Why did it take so long for Sarajevo? Was the city ready for such an event? Have actual improvements been made for the LGBTQIA* community in Bosnia and Herzegovina?  
    Emma Hontebeyrie (IDM) talks to Emina Bošnjak the Executive Director of the Sarajevo Open Center and Co-Chair of ILGA Europe.  
    Our guest recommendation:  
    Pojmovnik LGBT Kulture (Lexicon of Queer Culture), published by Sarajevo Open Center in 2012, is only available in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. 
    Neizgovoreno (Unspoken) (2016), a documentary constructed from relationships of several Bosnian gays, bisexuals and lesbians with their parents. Reach out to Emina Bošnjak at emina@soc.ba for the download link. 
    References mentioned in the program:  
    Let There Be Colour (2020), a documentary directed by Ado Hasanovic about Sarajevo’s first rainbow march in 2019 
    Guest: Emina Bošnjak is the Executive Director of the Sarajevo Open Center and Co-Chair of ILGA Europe. 
    Host: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 
    Production and editing: Emma Hontebeyrie, Research Associate at IDM 

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    • 33 min

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