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Beyond the Obvious 2024

Malmö, Sweden 29 May - 1 June 2024

The Politics of Culture 

30 May | 10.45-11.45 

Orkanen Room D138, Malmö University – Entrance via Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10

Keywords: culture, democracy, war, crises, EU Elections  

We live in challenging times. We experience a political shift to the far right across Europe whilst geopolitical developments are ever more volatile. Europe finds itself vulnerable from the inside – with core values such as freedom, rule of law, democracy and solidarity at stake -  and from the outside, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the most tangible exponent. Further to that the war on Gaza confronts us with our contested value system (Holocaust memory versus decolonisation) and a political orientation that fragments us rather than unite us, and leaves us helpless to counter the atrocities. 

What role does culture play? ´It contributes to resilient societies´, is an often heard answer. But what does that mean, how political are we really and how political should we be, when it comes to defending democracy and pluralistic values?


Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni, Goethe-Institut Brussels 
David Ek, Counsellor – Culture, Audiovisual and Sport at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union
Stephanie Bonnici, Pop the Vote! Changemaker (The Netherlands)  

Moderated by Lars Ebert, Culture Action Europe

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