4th Annual Conference
The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues
Prague, May 15, 2017

Where Does Europe Begin and End?

„Reflecting on Europeanism means inquiring what set of values, ideals or principles evokes, or characterises the notion of Europe. And more than that: It also entails, by definition, a critical examination of that set of thoughts, followed soon by the realisation that many European traditions, principles or values may be double-edged, and that some of them  if carried too far and used, or abused, in certain ways  can lead us to hell.“

Vaclav Havel: European Parliament, Strasbourg, 16 February 2000

When and where

  • Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
  • Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
  • Organiser: Vaclav Havel Library, Prague
  • Partners: European Commission Represenation in the Czech Republic; DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Polish Institute Prague, Sekyra Group
  • Conference Programme
  • Photographs from the Conference

Videorecordings

Monday 15, 2017

The conference was held in English and Czech and was simultaneously translated into Czech and English.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

What Price Human Rights?