Responding to the recent revival of the fascist threat, the summit will play the dual role of a conference and a plenary session.
The delegates will meet in Warsaw not only to review but also to develop theoretical and practical responses to the current crisis, which calls for new modes of connecting on an international scale to challenge the combined forces of fascism, neoliberalism, and ecological disaster, seeking forms of artistic internationalism embedded in the ongoing democratic struggle for climate, economic, gender and racial justice.
The conference beginning on 24 October 2019 will critically review neoliberal globalisation in order to move beyond it. This practical and theoretical ambition is driven by the hypothesis that the rise of the far right heralds an end of the globalist project, and consequently those forms of artistic internationalism that have been tightly integrated with global capitalism. This disruption implies the need to look beyond capitalist realism, an aesthetic, existential and social project that has supported capitalist hegemony by deflating both political and artistic imagination. The crisis engenders the evolution of old institutional forms and the emergence of new ones that facilitate civic engagement, are socially useful and align with political forces aimed at reviving democracy and countering fascism. During the conference, a dozen speakers, academics, artists and activists from all over Europe, will share their theoretical and practical insights to prompt public discussion and prepare the ground for plenary sessions.
Following the famous 11th thesis on Feuerbach, the aim of the summit is not only to reflect upon the failures of globalisation, but to revisit internationalism as an unfinished project. To facilitate this process, the second day of the summit, on 26 October, will be self-organized, aimed at collective strategizing on an international scale. The programme of plenary sessions and workshops will be created in situ by the gathered delegates, who will present proposals for future actions and discuss their implementation in working groups.
The summit is open for all, but registration is required, to facilitate communication and organization of sessions. Please register here: firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of any inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
The summit is being held within the framework of L’internationale, a confederation of European museums, and the Anti-fascist Year, a nationwide series of cultural events organized to support anti-fascist struggles by hundreds of institutions, collectives, and individuals across Poland to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War and the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazism.