The publisher of one of the world’s most important newspapers, The New York Times, is also the author of Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?, a book that looks at how the political, social, technological and economic changes of recent decades have forever changed the way in which we analyse reality. In conversation with Jon Lee Anderson.
Julia Carabias, a biologist and ecologist, is one of the country’s foremost authorities on environmental conservation policies. Environmental Secretary from 1994 to 2000, Carabias lectures at UNAM and is the director of Natura Mexicana, an NGO that carries out conservation programmes in the Lacandona Jungle and surrounding areas. He will talk to Gabrielle Walker about his work as an ecologist and the environmental challenges facing Mexico.
The panel of experts talk about a changing Europe, its relationship with phenomena such as populism and its relationship and coexistence with other major players at a geopolitical level such as the US or China. Stefan Baron is a German journalist, ex-World Communication Director of Deutsche Bank, ex-Chief Editor of WirtschaftsWoche and expert on China with his new book The Chinese – Psychological Profile of a World Power. Fernando Fernández is ex-Analyst of the International Monetary Fund. Sam Wilkin is a geopolitical expert, analyst and advisor at the international consultancy Oxford Analytic, professor at the Watson Institute of Brown University, and author of several books including History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall. They talk to Cristina Manzano, journalist and Director of Esglobal.
IN COLLABORATION WITH BROWN UNIVERSITY AND IE FOUNDATION
In a time when anybody can write and be published without the need for editors or criteria, we ask what are the impulses that drive writers and what is the relevance of literature, from an intimate point of view, but also social and transcendental. Despite of the massive consumption and the standardised thought, our daily experience is still been defined by local idiosyncrasies. What is the role of the writers within this contradiction? What can we say here, from here, that cannot be said in other places? The texts included on this anthology could be read as an collective thought essay that tries to answer this questions.
La suma de los ceros es la primera novela de Eduardo Rabasa. Se trata de una historia instalada en un microcosmos que podría ser cualquier barrio de América Latina, en la que los personajes intentan escapar de un destino aparentemente ineludible; un texto crítico con el poder y sus formas, incluso aquellas que se disfrazan de democracia. Eduardo Rabasa es editor, escribe una columna semanal para Milenio y ha traducido libros de autores como Morris Berman, George Orwell y Somerset Maugham.
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
The author, translator, linguist and literary critic, is without a doubt one of South Africa’s most important writers. Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, his novels, which are often allegorical or symbolic, question the narratives of multiculturalism. Few contemporary writers have managed to balance the claims of social justice with the aesthetic and technical demands of the novel in the way Coetzee has. He will talk to the publisher Soledad Costantini about the literatures of the South.