From Wall to Wall
From Wall to Wall is a yearly forum presented by Guadalajara’s International Book Fair in order to debate the main questions arising from the global historic moment we live in from a vantage point that goes beyond scholarly disciplines.
The forum’s name alludes to the long-term vision from which its reflections arise: one that postulates the fall of the Berlin Wall and the notion of culminating the erection of a wall between the United States and Mexico as its chronological
In its first edition, presented in partnership with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), From Wall to Wall delved upon the risks that the growth of political movements that promote segregation and exclusion represent
for the civilizing process.
For its second edition, presented in partnership with the Center for Economic Research and Development, From Wall to Wall will tackle the crisis facing liberal democracies, manifesting itself in the proliferation and growing radicalization
of authoritarian and/or populist régimes arising from democratic elections in European as well as American and Asian nations.
Our goal is to reflect upon these phenomena from a long-term perspective that encompasses both the excitement with which democratic régimes found a home in the countries of the former Soviet bloc –and in several Latin American countries that
had lived under dictatorships– and the current growing discredit facing democracy and its ability to provide an answer to the challenges facing societies.