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- Celebrates 'courageous citizens': those whose daring, sharing and inventing contribute to our collective future
- Texts by visionary thinkers, artists and writers reaffirm the potential of culture to generate positive social change
- Expected: May 2018. You can pre-order this title in our webshop, once the book is published we will dispatch your order.

Editors: Bas Lafleur, Wietske Maas, Susanne Mors
Contributors: John Akomfrah, Rosi Braidotti, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Bojana Cvejić, Fatima El-Tayeb, Pascal Gielen, Stuart Hall, David Harvey, Ivan Krastev, Wietske Maas, Marina Naprushkina, Lia Perjovschi, Saskia Sassen, Ana Vujanović, Katherine Watson
Design: Elisabeth Klement & Jan Tomson

2018, Valiz with the European Cultural Foundation | paperback | 224 pp. | English | ISBN 978-94-92095-51-0

This book is an advocate for the change-making capacity of culture. It is also a source of inspiration for renegotiating our understanding of the world and affirming culture as a critical space to practice courage and perseverance amid complex societal reconfigurations. It focuses on courageous citizens: those whose daring, sharing and inventing contribute to our collective future, and for whom culture and democracy are the starting points for vision and action.

The contributors explore intellectual and practical interventions that open up a terrain of debate in the enduring struggle for just societies across Europe, zooming in on three key themes that have proven to be of particular relevance during the past decade, and that also keep resonating when looking at the very possibility of another future. They do so by acknowledging the underlying cycle of (re-)thinking, doing and changing that is inherent to remodelling the way we view the world, and concurrently, the potential of culture to generate positive social change.

The three key themes addressed in the book are: 1) Equality & Diversity, 2) Communities & Democracy, 3) Fragmentation & Solidarity.

Courageous Citizens is published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture (PMA), an annual award acknowledging and amplifying the work of individuals and collectives whose creative work can truly make a difference in Europe’s societies.

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