Geist & Gegenwart Whitsun Dialogue 2017



31 May – 2 June 2017 | Seggau Castle, Leibnitz, Austria

General theme 2017: Europe.USA.3.0

Seventy years ago, US Secretary of State George C. Marshall initiated a plan for the economic reconstruction of Europe’s destroyed countries. Since then, the political and economic relations between the US and Europe have become closer than ever. Based on this backdrop, the 7th Whitsun Dialogue “Geist & Gegenwart” is dedicated to the theme of “Europe.USA.3.0”.

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Geist & Gegenwart – Dialogue Forum / Whitsun Dialogue

The Styrian Government launched the ‘Geist & Gegenwart’ dialogues in 2005 to create a formal platform for in-depth intellectual discourse on important questions of our time, something which has always been a major concern for Graz and Styria, which constitute a dynamic hub in the South-East of Europe.

‘Geist & Gegenwart’ is a platform for fruitful, interdisciplinary and international debates on basic principles in the Styrian border region situated at the intersection of four European cultures. Styria has always seen itself as a bridge to those South-Eastern regions, which have recently moved once again towards the centre of Europe.


‘Geist & Gegenwart’ is made up of two components


Whitsun Dialogues

First, the Whitsun Dialogues, which are held every two years in Seggauberg Castle, the former Bishop’s residence in southern Styria, close to the Slovenian, Croatian and Hungarian borders. The events took place in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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Series of Dialogs

Second, a series of dialogues launched in autumn 2007, which take place several times a year in Graz, where prominent experts contribute to intellectual discussions in lecture and discussion evenings.

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‘Geist & Gegenwart’ is coordinated by the Styrian Government’s Department for Science and Research, which is headed by Regional Minister Christopher Drexler, in cooperation with JOANNEUM RESEARCH, the Diocese of Graz-Seckau, the European Forum Alpbach and the five Styrian universities.


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