A Symposium to mark the 20th birthday of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society and the 70th birthday of its founder, Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz
Civil Society is facing a number of challenges. While being pressured, harassed and constrained in many respects, it is thriving in others. While indeed in grave danger and actually shrinking in some places, momentous changes within civil society itself and in its relationship with the state and the market may also be observed. Therefore, the popular talk of a ‘Shrinking Space for Civil Society’ is not the complete story.
By looking at three aspects, viz.
- civic engagement
- the role of religious communities
- civil society and the nation state
the Maecenata Institute, an independent academic research and policy centre that has been involved in civil society and philanthropy studies since 1997, by organising this symposium wishes to discuss a more balanced view of the challenges facing civil society today and thus contribute to a broader debate on the role of civil society in public affairs.
The symposium will be organised around five plenaries. Maecenata Institute staff and distinguished guests will give short papers and engage in panel discussions, to which all participants will be invited to contribute.
Confirmed guest speakers and moderators include Rolf Alter, Director for Public Governance, OECD, Paris; Dr. Emil Brix, Austrian Ambassador, Moscow; Prof. Dr. Georg Cremer, University of Freiburg, former Secretary General of Caritas Germany; Prof. Dr. Paul Dekker, University of Tilburg/Netherlands; Dr. Anna Domaradzka, University of Warsaw; Dimitrios P. Droutsas, former Foreign Minister of Greece, Athens; Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka, Free University, Berlin; Dr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation, Hannover; Dr. Ulla Pape, University of Bremen; Prof. Dr. Roland Roth University of Magdeburg-Stendal; Prof. Dr. Gunnar Folke Schuppert, Humboldt University, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan, President, Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform, Berlin.
Simultaneous translation will be provided from German into English.
Participation is open to academics of all ages, practitioners, civil society activists, policy makers, media and anybody else interested in these matters. Please register at: https://changingspaceforcivilsociety.eventbrite.de