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The Barcelona Debate

Hundreds of philosophers, sociologists, writers and thinkers from a range of disciplines have come to the CCCB to participate in The Barcelona Debate. They include Zygmunt Bauman, Tzvetan Todorov, Judith Butler, Lydia Cacho, Claudio Magris, Ulrich Beck, Seyla Benhabib, Mircea Cartarescu, and Vandana Shiva, among many others.

In recent years the Debate has dealt with subjects like the sense of the European project (Old Europe, New Utopias, 2017), the challenges of collective life (In Common, 2013, Open City, 2014, and Wield the Word, 2015), and the future of our planet (The World We Need, 2018).

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Susan Stryker

The Transgender Lens

Susan Stryker, activist and historian of the struggles for the rights of the LGBTI collective, explores the concept of “transgender”, not as an identity but, rather, to understand it as a lens that reveals self and world in new ways. 

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Enric Casasses

They’re Knocking at the Window

Enric Casasses ponders the possibilities held out by poetry for looking at reality in a particular way. Casasses, poet, rhapsode, playwright, and translator, has cultivated the word in every possible domain. With such a multifaceted creator, words cease to be merely an instrument of communication ...

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Full list of previous activities

Individual and Community

Premiere of the documentary film «Fatigue Society - Byung-Chul Han in Seoul / Berlin» and debate


Opening Lecture by Axel Honneth

City and Drama

Josep Maria Benet i Jornet in conversation with Toni Casares

The City

Dialogue between Xavier Antich and Joan Margarit


Lecture by Ramón Andrés


Opening Lecture by Ulrich Beck


Lecture by Jaume Pòrtulas


Lecture by António Lobo Antunes and Juan Marsé


Lecture by François Jullien


Opening Lecture by Michela Marzano


Lecture by Josep Ramoneda


Lecture by Josep Maria Terricabras


Lecture by André Comte-Sponville


Lecture by Harvie Ferguson


Lecture by José Luis Pardo

New African Cities

Between construction and destruction. What Role for Contemporary Artistic Creation?

Terrain Vague

Debate with Joan Busquets, Bernard Tschumi, Alberto Pérez Gómez and Irena Fialová


Debate with Luis Fernández-Galiano, Javier Echevarria, Georges Teyssot and Kamil Khan Mumtaz


Debate with Leon Van Schaik, Manuel Delgado, Alex Wall and Xavier Costa


Debate with Mario Gondelsonas, Giorgio Agamben, Manuel de Solà-Morales and Ruth Verde Zein


Debate with Pierluigi Nicolin, Marc Augé, Michael Sorkin and Akira Suzuki