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Final Call for Papers - AAG 2014

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Viktoria Vona <[log in to unmask]>

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Urban Geography Discussion and Announcement Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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*Critical Artscapes / Resilient Artists*

 Session convenors:

 Jason Luger (Geography, King’s College London)
 Viktoria Vona (Geography, King’s College London)

  “Art and activism are united under a sign of the mobilisation of creative
 energies”  (Berardi 2010) and as such art and non-party political
 resistance sometimes serve as different approaches to the same problem.
 This session aims to explore the creative, complex, and sometimes
 counter-intuitive ways that the arts becomes involved in resistance, and
 resistance utilizes the arts, in varying urban contexts around the world.
 From Brooklyn, where gentrification both threatens and unifies the bohemian
 milieu, to Singapore, where art becomes a voice to challenge and question
 authoritarianism, the arts act as a lens through which to interrogate
 broader political and cultural processes and paradoxes. It is hoped this
 session will stimulate a lively discussion, and provoke questions, on the
 different ways the arts are utilized, appropriated, co-opted and sometimes
 corrupted by the state and various other actors. We invite submissions from
 research in diverse settings (including the global south and north), with a
 particular focus on atypical and lesser-studied cases of cultural activism:
 “the use of cultural resources to affect social change” (Wallis 2010).

 Some indicative areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

 ·       Art as opposition; ‘creative resistance’
 ·       Artistic movements in non-democratic or hybrid-democracy regimes
 ·       Cultural responses to neoliberal urbanism
 ·       Appropriation and co-option of the arts by the state and the
 private sector
 ·       Coalitions and alliances within, across and against artistic
 movements
 ·       Art’s unifying and dividing power over societal groups and around
 particular causes or agendas
 ·       Representations of and resistance to gentrification and other
 social/economic problems
 ·       The use of humour in art related resistance vs. ‘traditional’
 forms of political activism
 ·       Direct action through art; the use of cultural resources to induce
 social change
 ·       Artists as peacemakers (and art as a tool in the process)

 Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to [log in to unmask] or
 [log in to unmask]

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