Philoxenia means Love for the Other

As the Bruno Kreisky forum for International Dialogue is currently closed for public events due to the Coronavirus crisis the curators were asked to present their lecture program in a short video.

Philoxenia started in November 2017 as a lecture series curated, moderated and scientifically supervised by the London based journalist Tessa Szyszkowitz. Philoxenia, the concept of hospitality, was cultivated in antique Greece. The love of the other seems to be especially necessary today, when populist movements threaten to eclipse rational thinking.

Philoxenia’s guests bring their topics from a different context to Vienna. The reflection helps new images and thoughts to emerge in subsequent conversation. This was the persistent line in all Philoxenia talks so far: the intercultural context allows the extension of the usual comfort zone of thinking. Today, when many draw back from the complicated situation in the world, the continuation of Philoxenia seems of utmost importance.

Philoxenia Program 2017-2020

The program of the Bruno Kreisky Forum is built on two main pillars: on the one hand public events and conferences with free access for all, and on the other hand working groups under Chatham House Rule, seminars and fellowship programs.BKF has a worldwide cooperation program and is part of an international think tank network.