The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. So we have asked a number of thinkers to give us a “reform” that would be applicable now. Gabrielle Walker, a Doctor in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and presenter of the BBC programme Planet Earth Under Threat, proposes a change in the way we look at “climate war”, considering a positive perspective to tackle the problem.
In her book, Gegen den Hass, Carolin Emcke studies the violence of the contemporary world. Aggressions by Europeans against asylum seekers in Germany, police violence against black people in the United States and the destructiveness of Islamic State and its forms of negating the other, and the aggressiveness of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia present in every society in the world. These subjects are essential for understanding the liberal struggles of our times. The author will talk to the journalist Rodrigo Pardo.
Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish available
With the support of the Goethe-Institut
Carmen Pardo, author of En el silencio de la cultura, is a lecturer at the University of Girona and teaches on Barcelona University’s Sound Art Master’s programme. A specialist in contemporary music and author of a major study of John Cage (La escucha oblicua: Una invitación a John Cage), Pardo’s book is about the complex development of Western culture throughout the 20th century, directly linked to the aestheticisation of socio-political contexts.
Misha Glenny interviews the musician and activist, Nadya Tolokno (Russia), a member of the punk group Pussy Riot and arrested together with her partner in 2012 because of a performance in Moscow Cathedral. She was sentenced for crimes of religious hatred, and spent two years in jail, a sentence that became a symbol around the world for the Vladimir Putin government’s attitude to freedom of expression. She currently lives in Canada, where she continues to work as a human rights activist.