Dissent, Conscience and the Wall 1989-2014 – The Role of Conscience and Dissent in Bringing about the Fall of the Berlin Wall (and Raising of the Iron Curtain) in and around 1989

27 February 2015

The second in a series of three symposia examining developments in freedom of conscience and dissent in public in Europe before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Pavel Trantina (Member of the European Economic and Social Committee)

Thoughts and reflections (video)

Professor Harald Wydra (Cambridge University)

Making Europe from the Margins: The Politics of Conscience and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

A video of this paper is available here.

Elena Bernini is a native of Vietnam, and has studied at the University of Pavia, and Columbia University, USA. 


Noemi Magugliani is an Italian native and recent graduate of Collegio di Milano

The role of Literature in bringing about the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Flavia Munteanu is a native of Moldova, and studies humanities at the New College of the Humanities, London. 

Hierbleiber, Protestant boycotts, and rallies How important was the role of conscience and dissent in the run-up to the fall of the Berlin Wall?

Bakht Jamshaid Baryar is a native of Pakistan, now at King’s College London, studying political economy. 

Political Economy Perspectives: Manifestations of Revitalized Conscience and Dissent in the Former Soviet Union and its Sphere of Influence

Gregorio Ramella Pollone and Alessio Pellegrino are both undergraduate students at the Polytechnic University of Turin.

The DDR Intellectuals’ dissent and the need for opening and unification with Germany


This series has been organised by the Thomas More Institute in partnership with the European University Colleges Association and is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.