THE CROWD AS A PROTAGONIST IN LITERATURE AND HISTORY
The focal point of the 16th TBF is “The Crowd as a Protagonist in Literature and History.” In most cases, the crowd has been portrayed as a silent presence. Sometimes, however, it comes dynamically into the foreground. This topic seeks to establish the role of the crowd, either as a background actor or, rather, as a protagonist in the social stage. It aspires to detect the way that literature and historical research deal with the crowd throughout time, while attempting to highlight the crucial ideological conflict of our day and age; namely, the one between the advocates of collective action –and consequently of social solidarity practices‒ and the supporters of individualism. In other words, it demonstrates the controversy between the proponents of civil society and those who believe that there is no society at all, just mere individuals.