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
The fall of the Berlin Wall, which attained the three decade mark this year, spearheaded, among many other things, a proliferation in the avenues for conceiving and configurating political activity (its territories, players, instruments and
forms of organization).
30 years after the Left entered a profound crisis due to the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, it is now the liberal democratic paradigm’s turn to be submitted to a radical questioning due to its incapacity to offer response to generalized
economic, social and cultural inequality.
How can politics be conceptualized after the projects articulating the bipolar world’s loss of legitimacy?
For its first two editions, our forum dwelt mainly on the institutional dimensions of said query; the challenges facing democratic structures in the light of the strengthening of authoritarian movements and régimes, arising from segregating
and excluding narratives. This third encounter will devote its attention to the forms of civic mobilization arising from the same historic horizon, that is to the new avenues for creating and occupying public space that have kept on arising
since November 9th, 1989, when German youth took to the streets of Berlin brandishing mallets and picks in order to reach Brandenburg Gate, tear down a wall and reoccupy a square.