Nicolas Barbieri holds PhD in Political Science, and is a researcher at the Public Policies and Government Institute and adjunct lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His main research area is policy analysis and evaluation, particularly in the field of cultural policy, cultural rights and inequalities.
He is co-author of the first Survey of cultural participation and cultural needs in Barcelona. He has published books, chapter books and papers in international journals, available at link. He is the author of the blog http://ubicarse.net
Nicolas Barbieri, Mafalda Damaso and Anne Torreggiani will be the panelists for this session with the coordination of Alessandra Gariboldi. In addition, Valentina Montalto, Jordi Pascual and Lene Struck-Madsen will be the long table moderators.
Throughout the COVID19 outbreak, half of the world’s population has been on lockdown. Cancelled fairs, festivals and concerts, closed clubs and shut-down theatres: we were all affected. Yet, in a time of desolation and deprivation, we have once again invited culture into our homes. Watching streaming series and movies, listening to music, reading books, we have suddenly become painfully aware of the extraordinary meaning culture has in our lives. Overnight, we were able to watch theatre performances from our couches, browse through galleries and virtual exhibitions, listen to live online concerts. What is happening, and what is going to happen under the rule of social distancing? In this new light, it seems important to put forth once more the need for culture, its relevance, its accessibility and the conditions under which this access is provided. And to keep in mind the millions without access to it, asking ourselves how we can overcome these obstacles.