Each festival, ISFiT explores a new theme which in some way regards or affects students across the globe. The theme for ISFiT23 is ‘Polarization’.
With this theme the international student festival in Trondheim seeks to explore different aspects and challenges related to polarization. Many would probably argue that with the spread of social media polarization is at an all-time high. We are isolated in our own echo chambers and the distance between us is growing. But polarization is more than just politics: It is also economic polarization in the form of growing inequality, and it is polarization related to our identity. The goal of this theme is for students, from the whole world, to reflect on their contribution to polarization and the implications of it. How can we see past our differences? How can we build bridges with our neighbors?
Polarization is shaking the very foundation of our democracy – therefore we must discuss it!