Dr. Emilia Roig is the founder and executive director of the Berlin-based Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ), a nonprofit organization that advocates for justice, equality, and lives free from systemic oppression for all. Her experience growing up in an Algerian-Jewish-Caribbean family in France shaped her commitment and passion for intersectional social justice. Dr. Emilia Roig is dedicated to inspiring people to break free from systems of oppression, create new narratives, and shift collective consciousness. She is the author of the best-selling book WHY WE MATTER. She was selected as the 2022 Impact of Diversity Award's Most Influential Woman of the Year.
Due to the enormous transformation processes that society is currently undergoing, in our focus on democracy we explore which sociopolitical systems might take the lead in the world in the future. The question arises whether democracy is not increasingly decomposing itself democratically. What would this mean for society and the individual? Democracy seems to be the only practicable form of government for us in westernized countries. However, the majority of people today live in autocracies, for example.
Societies and individuals are confronted with the question of how far they are willing to accept freedom as the freedom of those who think differently, to quote Rosa Luxemburg, who formulated it so aptly 100 years ago. What would therefore have to change in order for the notorious social gap not to widen so much and for the majority of humanity to be able to live together in a more peaceful and civilized way? What role can and should creatives play as portraitists, chroniclers and critics of our time or as visionaries with a view to a possible future within processes of change? What form of society would be right for them and in their eyes?
Experts, thinkers and creatives will discuss these questions live in a panel and with the audience. Dr. Mariana Bozesan will give an introductory keynote on the topic. Afterwards, Dr. Mariana Bozesan, Dr. Emilia Roig, Prof. Dr. Stefan Brunnhuber and Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis will discuss live in a panel and with the audience.