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IRRESISTIBLE?

A symposium on the phenomenon of CORRUPTION (16-18 June 2017, Berlin)

Logo IRRESISTIBLE? A symposium on the phenomenon of CORRUPTIONIRRESISTIBLE? (© Nadja Kelm)
Corruption is a highly complex social phenomenon that defies clear definition. In the long term, corruption in all its various forms is certain to negatively affect modernisation and transformation processes and to produce inequality. Corruption is present in various qualities and quantities around the world – in eastern European countries it is part of everyday life, both in the public and private sector. Although it affects many areas of life, and despite it being culturally conditioned, corruption is often reduced to its economic and political dimensions. Analysis of the phenomena of corruption therefore often excludes questions such as where the historical roots of corruption lie, what social framework conditions enable corruption, and what shapes, structures and patterns corruption is currently taking in politics and society. How are the oligarchy and corruption linked in Ukraine, for example? How does state corruption operate in different countries and how are (civil) societies responding to this? What is the role of traditional and digital media in the so-called fight against corruption? And what forms of artistic reception, narratives and narrative strategies have arisen as a result?

The international symposium IRRESISTIBLE? on 16 – 18 June 2017 in Berlin, intended to fill these gaps. It took a multi-perspective view of corruption, focusing not only on political and economic aspects, but also on social, cultural, historical, religious, artistic, philosophical, civic and journalism-related dimensions.The symposium introduced the topic and offers the opportunity to engage with experts from corruption research and the fight against corruption. The symposium was also an educational platform and means of exchange for young target groups and multipliers from Eastern partnership countries and Europe.

Building on an exchange between disciplines and actors, IRRESISTIBLE? sensitised a broad range of target groups to the phenomenon of corruption in the countries of the Eastern partnership and Germany. It communicated the phenomenon of corruption through interdisciplinary approaches and formats that are being created in collaboration between different actors. The international symposium was accompanied by a cultural programme of movies, exhibitions and performances in Ukraine and Moldova, implemented by the cooperation partner Goethe Institute Ukraine. The artistic approaches in public spaces and in different regions linked various positions and made them and their respective interconnections and contexts legible to a broad audience. Parts of the cultural approaches were be presented and discussed during the symposium. IRRESISTIBLE? highlighted the global dimensions of corruption and pointed to the multiple interdependencies between a range of actors from the political, economic and cultural sphere and civil society.

agenda

date and venue

June, 6th until June, 18th 2017
dbb forum berlin GmbH
Friedrichstraße 169
10117 Berlin

organiser

IRRESISTIBLE? is a cooperation project of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Goethe Institute Ukraine, supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

contact

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
Events and Conferences
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn

Project Management
Nina Schillings
Tel +49 (0)228 99515-265
Fax +49 (0)228 99515-309
Nina.Schillings@bpb.de

Curator:
Kateryna Stetsevych

Administration and Processing
Julia Tibbe
Tel +49 (0)228 99515-511
Fax +49 (0)228 99515-293
julia.tibbe@bpb.de

Impressions

Audio-Recordings

Panel Summarys

Conference documentation

Opening Evening: IRRESISTIBLE? A symposium on the phenomenon of CORRUPTION

Following on from welcoming speeches by Thomas Krüger (bpb) and Johannes Ebert (Goethe-Institut), the conference started with a keynote by Peter Eigen (Transparency International) and a concluding conversation with journalist Constantin Schreiber.

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Panel I: Corruption – less than clearly defined? Theories of corruption and their applicability

The introductory panel of the symposium took on the challenge of tracing the emergence of corruption, drawing on theories, criteria and definitions for that purpose.

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Panel II: (Fighting) state corruption: Actors, forms, methods

This Panel of the symposium was concerned with anti-corruption at the local and cross-regional scale, potential actors, reforms and methods.

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Panel III: Globalised networks and corruption

Globalization not only brought markets to a transboundary level, but also mechanisms of corruption. This Panel was dedicated to global networks and the question of what constitutes appropriate prevention.

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Panel IV: Corruption and civil society

This Panel mainly focused on corruption in civil society as well as on civil society organisations fighting corruption.

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Panel V: Corruption and media

This Panel looked into the relationship between investigative journalism and corruption. What role does journalism play in fighting and/or preventing corruption? How do journalists work in various countries?

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Concluding plenary: The fight against corruption, for democracy. Opportunities and challenges

The final panel of the symposium dared to look into the future, asking what strategies will be needed in the field of institutions, journalism and government to successfully fight corruption and promote transparency and justice.

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Culture against corruption. Film, conversation and dinner

In the evening, the cultural programme took place in the FORUM Factory in Kreuzberg, organised in close cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Ukraine. Entitled “Culture against corruption”, the evening was devoted to the subversive power of art in the fight against corruption.

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