World democracy and freedom – 25 years after the Berlin wall

How to resist brainwashing in a totalitarian regime? What can we learn from the Arab Spring? How has Ukraine changed? How free can Iranian women be? “The Power of the Powerless Today" is an open conference about anti-totalitarianism.

Join us in an open conference to discuss anti-totalitarianism in the years after the fall of the Berlin wall. (Illustration: Colourbox)

The fight for democracy and freedom of speech after the Fall of the Berlin Wall will frame this open conference, “The Power of the Powerless Today".

It is 25 years since the wall fell, but in this conference we will highlight the existing “walls” of today’s societies.

Tuesday: Four speakers will talk about their experiences and views on the fight for democracy and freedom of speech. At the end there will be a panel discussion.

Wednesday: We invite the audience to join us in a brainstorming with the following topic: The Power of the Powerless: What Can be Done? The audience, key note speakers, experts such as Lars Gule, Farhat Taj, Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam, journalists and foreign aid organisations will join this workshop. At 09:00: Welcome by Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector at UiO.


Tuesday 4 November

Venue: Fritt Ord, Uranienborgveien 2

10.00-13.00: Nina Witoszek/Erik Rudeng, Introduction

  • Oksana Forostyna, leading Ukrainian writer, the editor of Krytyka journal.The Powerless in Power: 25 Years of the Ukrainian Journey
  • Masih Alinejad, eminent Iranian journalist, blogger and dissident, the author of the (in)famous anti-hijab campaign on the social media, now in exile in the US. “Iranian Women’s Stealthy Freedoms”
  • Walid al Kubaisi, Norwegian-Iraqi poet, writer and journalist. The Fairy Tale of the Arab Spring: Is there Anything to Learn?

13:00-15:30 Lunch break

15.30 Key address:

  • Jung Chang, British-Chinese writer, the author of the acclaimed Wild Swans. How to Resist Brainwashing?:  Personal Reflections

16:00 Panel discussion: Jung Chang, Oxana Forostyna, Masih Alinejad, Unni Wikan, Bernt Hagtvet, Øystein Sørensen.

17:00 Questions and comments

18:00 End

Wednesday 5 November

Venue: Professorboligen, Karl Johans gate 47, University of Oslo

The Power of the Powerless: What Can be Done? Round table brainstorming workshop with specially invited audience including all key note speakers and experts such as Lars Gule, Farhat Taj, Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam, and representatives of the media, civil society, foreign aid organisations.

09.00: Welcome by Ole Petter Ottersen, rector of the University of Oslo.

09:10 Short introductions by Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Farhat Taj, Lars Gule, Masoumeh Alinejad, Jung Chang and others.

10:10 Nina Witoszek: Introduction to panel discussion

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Discussion

11:30 Questions and comments

12:00 End

Published Oct. 29, 2014 2:20 PM - Last modified Oct. 31, 2014 3:02 PM