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Open City Thinking Biennale 2018

The world changes and cities are transformed. The Open City Thinking Biennale to be inaugurated in October 2018 takes these realities as its background and therefore aims to connect the role of cities today with the great challenges of contemporary society. 

Timothy Snyder

A Defence of Freedom: On the Rise of Authoritarianism Today

The rise of the extreme right around the world has made manifest a growing mistrust in democracy as a political system in a shift which involves serious curtailment of freedoms and demonisation of minority groups. Timothy Snyder, one of the leading authorities on the history of Europe, warns of alarming antidemocratic trends appearing in western societies and urges rebellion against any form of authoritarianism.

Simon Critchley and Jordi Puntí

Why Do We Think about Football?

The British philosopher and lifelong Liverpool fan, Simon Critchley has constructed a theory in which he brings together football and the human condition in the book What We Think about When We Think about Football (Profile Books, 2017). Simon Critchley speaks with the writer Jordi Puntí about the philosophical and literary aspects of a passion they share: football.

Rosi Braidotti

Becoming Animals

Although humans are the species which has left the most obvious mark on Earth, Rosi Braidotti describes a not too far distant future in which the human species will cease to be the measure of all things.

Corine Pelluchon

The Animal Cause: Ethical Challenges and Political Strategies

Humans frequently reduce animals to being mere objects or products for consumption and pleasure.

Will Kymlicka

Animal Rights: The End of Human Supremacy

The philosopher Will Kymlicka believes that the change of paradigm that is necessary in our relationship with animals means putting an end to the hierarchy of species and expanding the framework of animal rights.

Marta Segarra

Blood Ties: Animality and Intimacy

Marta Segarra explores the ambiguity of the close ties existing between human and non-human animals. This is an intimacy which can be understood in very different and even conflicting ways.

Jordi Armadans, Blanca Garcés, Nour Salameh and Riccardo Gatti

A Crisis of Hospitality: The Situation of Refugees in Europe

What are the causes and factors that have pushed migrants to leave their lands? What global structural changes should be promoted in order to put an end to forced displacement? What immediate and long-term help can be offered? What are the main challenges faced by a city which wishes to be solidary? Experts, eyewitnesses and members of local entities compare their experiences and knowledge in this panel discussion about the present situation of migratory movements and the arrival of refugees in Europe.

Henry Marsh

Humanising Medicine

The British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh caused a stir when he published memoirs describing his 35 years of experience—including more than 15,000 operations—because of his sincerity in portraying the more human side of the medical profession. He spoke with the journalist Eva Piquer about how to approach doctor-patient relations, and also how to rethink the function of hospitals with the aim of progressively humanising the care of ailing people.

Jane Lazarre and Bel Olid

Maternity, Activism and Democracy

Behind the idealised image of maternity there are many truths that are frequently hidden, namely physical pain, tiredness, professional and career concerns, dissatisfaction, and even regret.

NoViolet Bulawayo and Gemma Parellada

Dialogues for Thinking about Diversity

Is it possible to go beyond intermingling and cultural exchange when thinking about society and contemporary culture? Population flows are the pattern in a globalised world in which identities are being diluted and superimposed, and in which a mosaic is being constructed, contributing towards collective enrichment everywhere.

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A Morning with Rita Segato

Debates with Adolescents

In this session with secondary school students, Rita Laura Segato presents her thoughts about sexist violence against women, which she has studied and analysed in terms of its relationship with capitalism and the values on which it is constructed.

Gayatri Spivak and Marina Garcés

Education of the Future

The Indian thinker Gayatri Spivak calls for slow education and defends the role of local schools and teachers.

Rita Segato and Gabriela Wiener

The City of Women

Anthropologist Rita Segato considers that the violence suffered by many women is just the cruellest extreme of a system of domination of one half of society over the other that arises in dozens of everyday situations. And that the only possible solution is a new approach to gender in education and in public policies. Journalist Gabriela Wiener is confident that this wave of popular feminism will be irreversible and that it “will have an unsuspected social reach”.