From Wall to Wall
From Wall to Wall is a yearly forum presented by Guadalajara’s International Book Fair as an avenue for debating the main questions arising from the global historic moment we live in from a vantage point that goes beyond scholarly disciplines.
The forum’s name alludes to the long-term vision from which its reflections arise: one that postulates the fall of the Berlin Wall and the –apparently superseded– notion of culminating the erection of a wall between the United States and Mexico as its chronological milestones.
In 2021, From Wall to Wall shall endeavour to pose pertinent questions in order to formulate a contemporary vision of freedom, a notion nowadays facing challenges from many standpoints, from the migratory phenomena taking place in numerous regions across the world through the debate on its limits on social media to the identitary and political claims espoused by many groups around the planet.
In the course of four sessions, we shall explore four lines of thought:
1) the very definition of freedom in the 21st-century
and its coincidences and differences with the notion of democracy;
2) freedom –and particularly freedom of movement– as a concept
that problematizes and transforms the practice of citizenship;
3) the regulation of the digital sphere, and the actors called upon
to define (or not) its reach and its enforcement;
4) freedom of thought and speech and its limits, in view of the need for a new social contract aiming to redress structural inequalities, which is nowadays part of a global social and cultural agenda.
In view of the sanitary emergency still challenging our planet, this year From Wall to Wall shall feature two in-person sessions in FIL Guadalajara as well as two remote sessions. All sessions shall be available to view on this website, as on all websites and social media outlets for both FIL Guadalajara and LatinUs, the media partner with which it is our privilege to collaborate for the second ongoing year.