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”Kakanien – New Homelands” Goes Alpbach: And Nobody’s There to Understand the Language You’re Screaming In…

Culture / Democracy & Governance
in englischer Sprache

Philipp Hauß, ensemble member of the Burgtheater, reads various texts on language, homeland and identity by the renowned Ukrainian writer and essayist Oksana Zabuzhko, followed by a dialogue with the author about her work and current political, intellectual and cultural upheavals in Ukraine and Europe. Viennese musician and media artist Klaus Karlbauer will accompany the discussion with his self-constructed zither, along with familiar European sounds, ironically alienated by electronic beats. Set up by Rita Czapka.

Project Manager Europe, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna Introduction
Actor, Burgtheater, Vienna
Artist, Vienna
Writer and Freelance Artist, Kyiv


Project Manager Europe, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

2001-2004 Diplomstudium der Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft, Geschichte und Slawistik, Universität Wien
2004-2007 Doktoratsstudium der Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität Wien
2007-2008 Projektassistent im Büro des österreichischen Bildungsbeauftragten, KulturKontakt Austria, Projektbüro Podgorica
seit 2008 Projektmanager, Programmbereich Europa, ERSTE Stiftung, Wien

Philipp HAUSS

Actor, Burgtheater, Vienna

 Philipp Hauss, born in Germany in 1980, is an actor, director and researcher. He has been with the Burgtheater Vienna since 2002 and worked with major contemporary directors like Luc Bondy, Andrea Breth, Martin Kušej, Nicolas Stemann, Johan Simons and Peter Zadek. He also appeared at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Hamburger Schauspielhaus and the Staatsoper Berlin. Since 2017 Hauss holds a doctorate in philosophy with a thesis on self-management and control fantasies in Wellness.


Artist, Vienna

since 1983 Composer, filmmaker, multimedia artist
since 1991 Project development, project management
  Producer, Karlbauer Multimediaproduktionen KG, Vienna
1996-2002 University teaching professional, Multimedia composition, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
2000 Composer, video artist, musical director, Burgtheater, Vienna
2010-2014 University teaching professional, Medientheater/ Sampling/ Lecture Performance, Inst. for Theatre-, Film- and Media Sciences TFM, University of Vienna


Writer and Freelance Artist, Kyiv

 Oksana Zabuzhko is one of the most renowned contemporary Ukrainian poets, writers and essayists, known both for her literary works and social activism. She studied philosophy at the Kiev University, where she also obtained her doctorate. During the 1990s she taught at Penn State University, Harvard and University of Pittsburgh as a visiting writer. She has published four volumes of poetry and three novels, including the Ukrainian national bestseller Field Research in Ukrainian Sex, as well as numerous literary and scholarly essays. Her works are available in a dozen of languages, including English translations of her internationally acclaimed collection of poems and essays A Kingdom of Fallen Statues. Her essays and numerous translations of her poetry are also being published in various international literary journals.

Political Symposium

show timetable


09:00 - 10:30Not Just an IslandCulture
12:00 - 13:30OpeningPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The EU and Its Neighbours: Opportunities and Challenges for the Eastern PartnershipPlenary
16:00 - 17:30The European Union in Search of a New NarrativePlenary
17:30 - 18:00Curator’s Talk: Art in the Margin of War – War in the Margin of ArtCulture
19:00 - 20:30“Kakanien – New Homelands” Goes Alpbach: And Nobody’s There to Understand the Language You’re Screaming In…Culture


07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Citizens’ Trust vs Distrust: Scenarios for the Future of DemocracyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Social Cohesion in a Wider EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: The EU and Turkey: Energising CooperationBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: The European Union and Its NeighboursBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Never Mind the Gap – Overcoming the East-West Divide in the OSCEBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: International Disaster Preparedness and Response to Emergency and CrisisBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 16: A Young Look at EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 17: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Contemporary AdvocacyBreakout
10:00 - 11:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Europe’s Next Generation in the Elections and BeyondBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Brain Drain – Brain Gain: The Economic Potential of Migration in Modern Europe and in the PastBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: Beyond European CommunicationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: Digital Europe – Between Security and CooperationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 11: Europe’s Periphery at the Crossroads – Consequences for the Common Security and Defence PolicyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 12: EU Enlargement Between Boldness and FatigueBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 13: Climate and Energy – Key Questions for the FutureBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 14: Future Energy Needs vs. Non-Proliferation PoliciesBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 15: The EU and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Balancing Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00From Reconciliation to Integration: What the Young Can Contribute to a Common FuturePlenary
16:30 - 18:00Post-Conflict Countries in Transition: Reforming the Security SectorPlenary
18:30 - 20:00Bringing Ideas to Power: Towards a Democratic Consensus of Tomorrow?Plenary
20:00 - 21:30Integrated in Austria, Successful in the World – How Austrian Success Stories Are WrittenPartner


07:00 - 07:10Inequality and Sustainable Global Governance: IntroductionPlenary
07:10 - 08:30Generational InequalityPlenary
09:00 - 10:15Inequality in Energy and ClimatePlenary
10:15 - 10:30Closing RemarksPlenary