While in some parts of Europe the arts are trapped by market reality and squeezed by restless demands for economic surplus, in others, creative freedom is guzzled by political agendas and suffocated by the presence of the state in the arts.

Liberalism, freedom, public support, state interference; are these notions - being on our tongue every now and then - perceived in the same way in different historical, economic and social contexts?  This section gives us an insight into the various paradigms, challenges and aspirations prevailing in different parts of the globe.


On Cultural Safari in Tunis Developments in Tunisia’s cultural field go hand in hand with political shifts and (r)evolutions. Many twists and turns have taken place since the country gained its independence in 1955, and today Tunisians search, also through art, how to live their newfound freedom in an optimal way and to express their fledgling, fragile but multilayered identity. Everything seems possible and should be reconsidered: institutions, the government, society itself and the ways to develop it. After the revolution of 14 January 2011 - and the deposition of President Zine El Abidine...
Why should we discuss the question of freedom within the condition of neo-liberal societies? Is the question of freedom still relevant after all emancipatory movements in 20th century, after the fall of Berlin wall, after global march of democracy, last but not least after postmodernist denial of utopian thinking? We propose understanding of freedom as a process. Freedom is not a state. It is a dynamic set of relations in societies. Democratic societies are based on the protection of different rights including the right of free movement of people, religious, scientific and artistic expression...
Pourquoi devrions-nous aborder la question de la liberté au sein de nos sociétés néo-libérales ? La question de la liberté est-elle encore pertinente après tous les mouvements d’émancipation qu’a connus le 20ème siècle, après la chute du mur de Berlin, après le défilé mondial pour la démocratie, et, enfin et surtout, après l’abnégation post-moderne de la pensée utopique ? Par liberté, nous entendons un processus. La liberté n’est pas un état. Il s’agit d’un ensemble dynamique de relations au sein des sociétés. Les sociétés démocratiques se sont fondées sur la protection de divers droits, dont...


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