Creative Democracy. Artistic and cultural perspectives on resistance and social change

Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Diaz
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Lea
Abstract: 
Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, we have seen the rise of authoritarian regimes, of populist parties, of growing inequality… These trends diminish social cohesion and undermine democratic governance. Our future depends on how we will address the unprecedented number of political, social, and economic challenges. It is necessary to revitalize democratic governance and preserve civil rights and fundamental liberties. Arts and Culture play a vital role in contemporary societies, and can contribute to achieving this goal. The current panel aspires to present some visions on creative democracy: in what ways artists are resisting the wave of authoritarianism. In particular, the speakers will examine how poets use language as a way to stabilize their sense of self, reclaim language and resist homogenized meaninglessness; how to narrate from a path of unity in diversity and embrace integration; some historical perspectives and today´s initiatives on creative attempts to promote social change and civic engagement.