FABER organizes several thematic residences throughout the year where professionals from the Arts, Sciences or Humanities can come to spend a few days (between one and three weeks) working on their projects and sharing experiences with the rest of residents. During the stay, the residents collaborate in activities directed to students, professionals or public in general; activities in accordance with a project that will take into account previous demands and needs.
KNOWLEDGE AND DISSEMINATION
Cultural institutions around the world see how the circumstances and spaces that created them and that make sense of them change. Culture changes and the world changes, the audiences and the knowledge they want to transmit change and the distances between spectators and producers change. Everything changes, as does the legitimacy and authority of those who can decide how knowledge is shared because the identity of those who can say it changes.
Can we put a museum into a smartphone? What are the limitations of mediators? Do museums make sense in the 21st century? What responsibility do cultural managers have and what margins of manoeuvre? How do we redefine spaces in an era as accelerated as ours? Can we democratize these spaces and, if so, what mechanisms and boundaries do we find? What is the role of administration and business? Public or private? These and many other questions will be debated in Faber during the stay “The future of cultural institutions”.
For all these reasons, we appeal to managers, directors or workers of diverse cultural institutions, historians, economists, politicians, cultural journalists, artists, actors, musicians and researchers and professionals in this area. We want to discuss the challenges faced by institutions such as museums, libraries, foundations, cultural centres and all kinds of facilities.
In the globalized and globalizing world, questions we ask ourselves about the policies that should describe or manage the flows of people are increasingly numerous. Political conflicts, social and economic changes, trade and diplomatic agreements result in migrations, sometimes voluntary, sometimes forced. Situations, such as Brexit, the Trump Wall or the North African migration routes are just three examples of the diversity of situations we regularly face.
Countries have to deal with situations that challenge them, that undermine their status quo. There are demographic changes, new religions, age pyramids that modify their form, new beliefs and economic and work opportunities. Problems and opportunities that are not new, not in vain have new lands and new peoples been sought for centuries. Today the information we have is enormous.
Knowledge, too, but it must be ordered. That is why we call sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, historians, social educators, economists, lawyers and researchers and professionals in the subject to the residency program that we offer. We would like to have discussions among all the challenges faced by governments, institutions and citizens who have to live with these changes.
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