The invisible war

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On 16th July, TEDx Galicia 2016 was held in the City of Culture (Santiago de Compostela). Through the main topic “what is the future made of?” the event aimed to reflect on the importance of past and present in shaping the future and, therefore, of our own responsibility in its design. Throughout the day, several interventions allowed to explore various visions of everyday life, trying to open our approach to reality as well as to define where do we walk as individuals and as a society.

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Our colleagues Manuel Gago and Jose Costa were invited to participate in this edition of TEDxGalicia with the aim of bringing the distant past to the present. Jose Costa’s talk, entitled “The invisible war”, presented some of the archaeological evidence that allows us to reconstruct a conflict that two thousand years ago shook the peninsular northwest, transforming the landscape and planting the seed of the world in which we live.

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“Acculturation”, “colonialism”, “asymmetric conflict” are concepts that can be applied to events and processes of the past but … all of them were born to describe recent events. Thus, Costa wanted to go beyond the archaeological data, connect historical phenomena and present realities in order to reflect on how directly or indirectly we also are partakers of violence in our world today, and how we can act both as a winners and losers in this process.

We encourage you to watch the video of the intervention and delve into these interesting questions.

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