THE ISSUES AT STAKE
Donald Trump’s ascent to presidential office in the U.S. and the terrain gained by populism in Europe, in the context of campaigns built on hate speech and the use of segregation and exclusion narratives, are the points of departure for the forum The Siege Upon Civilization: From Wall to Wall.
In these past few months, the international community has ended up wondering whether we are beholding a siege upon civilization from several fronts or, at least, an era symbolically characterized by two walls: the one in Berlin, taken down in 1989, and the one whose erection is purportedly to be completed on the Mexican – American border.
In order to find answers, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Guadalajara (UDG) endeavour to undertake a dialogue among varied and powerful voices.
The Siege Upon Civilization: From Wall to Wall will be held on November 15th through the 23rd at UNAM’s Ciudad Universitaria, and from November 25th through the 27th with the backdrop of FIL Guadalajara, the International Book Fair held annually in said city that serves as the Spanish language’s foremost publishing and literary event.
The forum has the purpose of debating the threats represented by the ascent of xenophobia and protectionism, in order to build a critical front that endeavours to find solutions and proposals to surmount an affront that endangers the development of a responsible, democratic and solidary form of citizenship.
It also stands as a statement of rebuttal to any type of wall whose construction might be envisaged: not only the projected one at the border between our country and the U.S. but to any and all walls, actual or metaphorical, that purport to hinder dialogue and solidarity between human beings.
The debate shall feature several issues, such as new economic orders, democracy and the internet, poverty, art and culture, equality, environmental protection, experiences of migration and journalism.
This forum enterprises to formulate a diagnosis that transcends local and transitory agendas, allowing us to imagine ways in which to strengthen and multiply initiatives that foster inclusion and diversity in all areas and disciplines of knowledge.