Monday 14 January, 19:30

Barcelona Debate 2013 - In Common

Lecture series

The upheavals of the crisis have opened up a vast, long-ignored, neglected territory which, in these times of dispossession and loss, has a wonderful quality: it belongs to everyone. This is the immense domain of what is held in common and shared which, without belonging to anyone, is the birthright and responsibility of each and every one of us. The rapacity of the market society has often led us to forget that trusting others and working together are the true foundations of collective life, and that behind each individual impulse lies the unstoppable energy of the whole community. Nature, dreams, education, democratic ideals, cities, music … are all part of the material and immaterial heritage of every single person. Those spaces which are not governed by the standards of market values but by the measure of what is good for the whole community, fostering a new culture of solidarity and the collective capacity to preserve, create and manage common wealth, must be vigorously defended.


Monday, 14 January at 7.30 p.m.

Ulrich Beck
, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, is the author of German Europe (published in Spanish as Una Europa alemana, 2012). Presented by: Jordi Vaquer, director of Open Society Initiative for Europe.

Monday, 21 January at 7.30 p.m.

Lydia Cacho, journalist, writer and human rights activist. Presented by: Sílvia Heras, TV3 (Catalan Television) journalist.

Monday, 28 January at 7.30 p.m.

Peter Burke, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge. Presented by: Josep Maria Muñoz, historian and editor of L’Avenç.

Monday, 4 February at 7.30 p.m.

Ramón Andrés, poet, essayist and music scholar. Presented by: Ferran Sáez, philosopher, lecturer at the Ramon Llull University.

Monday, 11 February  at 7.30 p.m.

Dialogue between Xavier Antich, philosopher and lecturer in History of Aesthetic Ideas at the University of Girona, and Joan Margarit, poet and architect. Presented by: Joan Nogué, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Girona and of the Observatori del Paisatge de Catalunya (Landscape Observatory of Catalonia).

Monday, 18 February  at 7.30 p.m.  PROGRAMME CHANGE*

Marina Garcés, lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Zaragoza, is the author of Un mundo común [A Common World] (Edicions Bellaterra, 2013).Presented by: Judit Carrera, Head of the Academic Programme of the CCCB.

* The cancellation of Michela Marzano’s lecture is due to her decision to stand in the next Italian general election, which will be held on 24 and 25 February 2013.

Monday, 25 February at 7.30 p.m. POSTPONED: Wednesday, 6 March

Monday, 4 March at 7.30 p.m.

Josep Ramoneda, philosopher and journalist. Presented by: Jaume Casals, Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University.

Wednesday, 6 March, at 7.30 p.m.

Perejaume, artist. Presented by: Jacint Torrents, anthropologist, specialist in the rural world, University of Vic.

Monday 11 March at 7.30 p.m.

Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the universities of Leeds and Warsaw, and Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for Communications and Humanities. Presented by: Jaume Cela, teacher and writer.