Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 6.30 pm

University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, KOH-B-10

This event will be held in English language.

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Professor Anne Applebaum

Old and new dangers of totalitarianism

What makes the return to authoritarian, anti-democratic forms of rule so desirable for many people? What exactly drives all the voters, supporters and stalwarts of the anti-democrats? What is the significance of social media, conspiracy theories and nostalgia, what material interests come into play, how do elite bashing and promises of advancement fuel the energies of the supposedly underprivileged – and does Europe ultimately yearn for a firm hand and a strong state (again)?
Applebaum brilliantly addresses these questions in her book “Twilight of Democracy : The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism”, published in German by Siedler this year (“Die Verlockung des Autoritären”), and Martin Meyer explores the topic in conversation with the author.

Professor Anne Applebaum

American historian

Anne Applebaum, born in 1964, is a historian and journalist. A Pulitzer Prize winner, she began her career in 1988 as a correspondent for The Economist in Warsaw, from where she covered the collapse of communism, and is one of the most accomplished connoisseurs of Russia. Today she is a staff writer for The Atlantic as well as a Senior Fellow at the Agora Institute, Johns Hopkins University. She has received numerous awards for her journalistic work.