Cultural debate is rarely as heated as it is when the content of children’s books is being questioned. Yet books for children and young people can also create a safe environment for conversation and provide an opportunity to discuss controversial issues.
Majgull Axelsson’s novel, ‘Cancelled Trip to Sabarmati’, is about the search for identity and the self-doubt of parenthood. Klas Östergren’s ‘Gentlemen’ and ‘Gangsters’, are modern Swedish classics. The trilogy is now being brought to a close with ‘Renegades’.
What are the consequences of the way that new technology is being integrated into our brains, bodies and behaviour? A conversation at the intersection between ethics, intelligence and genetic engineering.
Philosopher Martin Hägglund’s book ‘This Life’ is based on the idea that even atheists possess and require a (secular) faith. A conversation about what exactly humans are and what shape a good society might take.
A conversation about the craze for nature and how we find our existential footholds in the natural world. Is today’s digital society and the pressure to be constantly available at the root of our desire to be part of something bigger?
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