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[ 10.05.2013 ] - International Conference in Riga: "Freedom and Liberties – Possibilities and Dangers"

The international conference (on May 10 and 11, 2013) in Riga is organized by the University of Latvia, The Goethe Institute of Latvia, the International Erich Fromm Society, and patronized by the former president of Latvia: Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga. The conference languages in Riga will be Latvian and German.

It is only since 20 years that Latvians are not under foreign domination. They had to submit and to hide their own identity for more than 800 years – first under the rule of the Teutonic Knights and in the most recent past under the rule of Nazi Germany and the Russians. Now the Latvians are confronted with the totally different neoliberal understanding of freedom where limitlessness and unboundedness are practiced. Due to this background the topic of the conference will be:

Freedom and Liberties – Possibilities and Dangers


The conference will begin in the Great Aula of the University of Latvia on Friday, May 10, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with lectures on the topic of freedom and liberties in the context of authoritarianism and neoliberal unboundedness.

The second and third part of the Riga conference will take place in the Goethe Institute of Riga on Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The lectures will discuss problems of subordination and the need for a sense of identity and speak about the psychic situation of the population and the situation of psychotherapeutic care. Last but not least function Latvian cultural tradition and of Hasidic Judaism will be discussed. 

Conference programme

For more information visit the Website of the International Erich Fromm Society






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