The “Geist & Gegenwart” (“The spirit & the present”) Whitsun Dialogues have been taking place at Seggau Castle biennially since 2005. The aim is to reflect on the challenges and problems facing Europe and produce statements and publications to contribute to an ongoing dialogue about the future.
It is also always an opportunity to assess the current state of “Project Europe”: its progress, hopes and opportunities but also the risks and problems.
With seven events held so far, the Whitsun Dialogue has become established as a formal platform for fruitful interdisciplinary and international debate about fundamental principles, set in the context of the southern Styrian border region, where four European cultures meet.
“Geist & Gegenwart” is a series of events in the Austrian state of Styria which take place under the auspices of the Department of Science for the state of Styria, led by Regional Minister MMag.a Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, who is responsible for the Department of Business, Tourism, Europe, Science and Research. Organised in cooperation with Club Alpbach Styria, Styrian universities and the diocese of Graz-Seckau, the biennial Whitsun Dialogues and the quarterly “Geist & Gegenwart – Dialogue Events” held in the Main Hall of the Old University in Graz make a serious intellectual contribution to Styria’s development.
For each “Geist & Gegenwart” Whitsun Dialogue, Wieser Verlag produces an accompanying publication including articles by the speakers and by high-profile personalities from the worlds of academia, politics, economics, religion and culture.