The third culture at Kosmopolis

K13 brings us closer to the passage between the world of science and the humanities with an inspiring program designed for diverse audiences.

Kosmopolis. The Amplified Literature Fest is a biennial literary event, born within the new century and held at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. It is a feast-laboratory where Literature is the main focus of attention. Several days to celebrate a universalistic discourse, a feast to emancipate readers, to stimulate the canon’s mutation, to shake genres, to sail in languages and to revise myths, traditions and identities.

In a context where the oral word, the printed word and the electronic word reflect the tremors of a globalized world, a prospect of mutating genres, formats and storage systems is emerging. Kosmopolis condenses and amplifies this process, placing literature in the centre of the scene and interacting with the Arts and Sciences.

The American publisher and writer John Brockman posits a "third culture" in action featuring scientists who occupy the role of traditional intellectuals. In the European ambit the transition from natural science to the humanities was attempted in the Renaissance, yet divisions and preconceptions remained. There are no definitive maps for these territories. Kosmopolis addressed the challenges and dilemmas of an emerging third culture that affects the relations between scientists, artists and intellectuals.

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Further information:  KOSMOPOLIS

Publication date: Monday, 11 March 2013
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