Books and publications

Index / Activities / Books and publications / New publication: “Dialogues on Open Societies”

New publication: “Dialogues on Open Societies”

From July 20, 2020 until September 06, 2020

The outcome of cooperation between Casa Árabe and Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the volume “Dialogues on Open Societies” is now being published, as a result of the conference series which was held in Madrid from January 15 through July 31, 2019.

The project, which came about through the Spanish government’s desire to relaunch its commitment to the Euro-Mediterranean and Euro-Arab regions, fits in with Casa Árabe’s mission to offer spaces for debate, dialogue and thought in order to strengthen the political and sociocultural links which unite Europe and the Arab world, as well as exploring migratory phenomena and the new plural societies to which they give rise.

An open society is characterized by having a flexible structure in which freedom of belief is enshrined and there is widespread dissemination of information. At present, the advancement of populist movements in democratic societies, violent extremisms and exclusionary ideologies, as well as the advent of the “post-truth” in the world of information, are all creating major challenges for open societies. It is essential to begin debating and promoting dialogue on topics which affect the present and future, which can often be done by analyzing our past.

The articles appearing in “Dialogues on Open Societies” are contributions by academic experts, political figures and representatives of civil society. These contributions are organized into different subject areas which, far from comprising closed topics, are all linked to one another: culture, religion, society, migration and geopolitics.

As highlighted in the prologue by the event series’ co-directors, Domènec Ruiz-Devesa and Pedro Martínez-Avial: “Taken as a whole, the chapters gathered in this volume provide wide-ranging material for reflection by groups, politicians and individual citizens about such fundamental questions as who we are and who we have been in the past. It is a starting point which helps us breach the imaginary gap existing between East and West in both past and present.”

Read here
New publication: “Dialogues on Open Societies”