With Debates Digital: Text & Talks, we focus on current societal challenges and political developments in a series of essays and online conversations. The latest episode deals with Brexit and literature.
What does Brexit mean for literature? Will the publishing industry, which is heavily dependent on international talent and exports almost 60 percent of its product, now have to change? Adrian Tahourdin, until recently editor at the Times Literary Supplement in London, hopes that the usual channels remain unimpeded. Literature is a crucial part of the interchange between cultures, and writers on the continent might now become even more inclined to engage with the UK, in order to keep those channels open. At the same time, warns Tahourdin, the UK opting out of the Erasmus Programme risks reducing the exchange between universities.
What is Debates on Europe?
Since its inception in 2012, the series Debates on Europe has been hosted in places where the idea of Europe is at stake. In international discussion forums organized in cooperation with local actors – mainly in eastern and south-eastern Europe – it addresses the most pressing issues on the European agenda. By supporting civil society in places where this is still emerging or under pressure it furthers free and open debate on cultural, social and political issues.