8 HOURS  ▶ 4 CHATROOMS

The chatrooms of the cultureeurope live online debate will each focus on a different topic. These will concern such subjects as the link between culture and identities, education, European values, sustainability, work and labour conditions and rights. The spotlight temporary chatrooms will appear when MEP candidates and special guests are active in the debate. This will be the space devoted to their specific interaction for approximately 30 minutes where questions and comments will be directed to the guests.

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EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

BREAKING THE MOLD: Do we have the education and research systems we want?

We need a new education and research paradigm that helps us to live, work and shape our societies. Current education systems often sideline knowledge emerging from culture and artistic exploration. Are we not becoming poorer in the process if we disregard the contribution of arts and humanities? In times of flux, different critical and artistic stances are needed more than ever - not only in schools, but for a lifetime. How can we break down traditional discipline silos and transition to a STEAM paradigm, putting arts and sciences in dialogue? How can we develop a more holistic approach within research, rather than focussing on solutions as the only valid outcome? How should we respond to ever-increasing amounts of information? And what is the contribution of culture and the arts to these processes?

LABOUR AND WORKING CONDITIONS

FUTURE OF WORK: work forever, for free, for love?

The nature of work is mutating. As a result of extreme externalisation and freelancing, the gig economy, employment practices in the new platform capitalism have led to growing inequality. The cultural sector has pioneered many unsustainable working practices and cultural workers have been at the avant-garde for a precariousness now reaching other sectors. Work based on passion is not work, some say, and hence, should not be remunerated. Welfare states remain national while we observe growing cross-national mobility, and new digital, decentralised working patterns facilitated by digital global monopolies. This generates a gap not yet addressed. What can be done?

SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

How to ensure sustainable human and natural ecosystems?

The world is waking up to the need to make our future sustainable. From the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda (SDGs), to the marches for the climate, people question how we produce, work, learn and relate to the environment. What do we need to take into account in our social and cultural practices to bring about positive, inclusive change which leaves no one behind? And how can organisations, (including public, private and civil society organisations) in the cultural sector and beyond, transition towards more sustainable practices - caring for people, caring for the earth and sharing fairly within communities?

EUROPEAN VALUES & IDENTITIES

MIX IT UP! What’s next for European identity/ies and culture(s) in times of (global) mobility?

Concepts like European identity/ies and European culture/s are difficult to define. Some say they don’t exist. Some say they only make sense in its plurality and that the European culture is based on freedom to express our differences. Others say that layers of history and cultural traditions and exchanges have given us a shared understanding of what it means to be European. If past encounters among Europeans have enabled us to construct the Europe we have today, what is the future of EU culture in times of European and global mobility?

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