Shifting the wall further east

19 May 2021

Kundera’s tragedy of ‘central Europe’ three decades later 

Advisory Board Member Mykola Riabchuk discusses the “philosophic geography” of Eastern and Central Europe.

In an attempt to distance themselves from the post-Soviet realm and signal their belonging to the West, some countries have revived the label of ‘central’ European. But instead of bringing down the walls of prejudice, this discourse fuels further exclusion by meddling with philosophic geography.