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21 - 30/06/2019

    Katarzyna Wężyk, Leszek Koczanowicz, Dariusz Rosiak

    As a social model, multiculturalism assumes all cultures to be equal. But how can we accept the imperatives of particular cultures as equal if they are contradictory? In Western countries, religion, education systems, and legal and moral norms are becoming contentious whilst multiculturalism is increasingly associated with crime, immigration and danger. Are we looking at a modern form of culture wars and has the multicultural project turned into a dystopia? Why and when do cultural issues and not, for example, economic ones become the main axis of political rivalry?

    FORUM 2019: A culture of war in a time of peace

    The Forum for discussions in Wolności Square is where we broadly talk about the main festival theme. This year, our focus is on the relationship between war and peace. Statistics show that we are living in the safest and least brutal period in history, but despite this, war is not an abstract or unreal concept at all. What form does war take in this most peaceful of ages? How do we define this state of war/peace? What will future wars be like?

    We invite you to meet writers, philosophers, political scientists and people who have participated in and witnessed contemporary warfare.

    The discussions are accompanied by staged readings of excerpts from a selection of books.