Resistance and Emancipation

Cultural and Poetic Practices

by Arturo Casas (Volume editor) Ben Bollig (Volume editor)
©2011 Conference proceedings X, 416 Pages


This book is a collection of essays developed from the meetings of the ‘Poetics of Resistance’ network in Leeds (2008) and Santiago de Compostela (2009). The volume contains contributions from an international group of researchers and cultural producers, who are committed to the activation, promotion and analysis of counter-hegemonic practices both in the development and transmission of knowledge and in the emancipatory tools of cultural production. The essays in the collection are written by scholars, activists and artists from around the world and concern subjects as diverse as poetry, film, philosophy, literary theory, plastic arts and television.
The relationship between cultural production and resistance lies at the heart of the book’s concerns. Creativity and its manifestations in art, cultural production and knowledge production are a vital resource for a type of resistance that draws upon the resolve and contribution of the individual to the same degree that it emphasizes the importance of collective reflection and action. The interaction between artistic production, emancipation and resistance therefore cannot be reduced to a commitment to particular ideologies as expressed in art or writing. Rather, the poetics of resistance and emancipation are produced through the negotiation of the subjective and the collective, of reflection and action, and of cultural practices and ideologies.
The volume contains contributions in English and in Spanish.


X, 416
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (February)
production film Resistance Emancipation Buenos Aires poetry philosophy
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. X, 416 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Arturo Casas (Volume editor) Ben Bollig (Volume editor)

Arturo Casas is Senior Lecturer in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). His recent publications include Performing Poetry: Body, Place and Rhythm in the Poetry Performance (2011, edited with Cornelia Gräbner). He coordinates the Centre for Research on Emergent Cultural Practices and Processes and the Alea Group for Poetic Analysis, both at USC. He is a founding member of the ‘Poetics of Resistance’ network. Ben Bollig is Lecturer in Spanish American Literature and Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He is the author of Modern Argentine Poetry: Displacement, Exile, Migration (2011) and Néstor Perlongher: The Poetic Search for an Argentine Marginal Voice (2008). He is an editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and a founding member of the ‘Poetics of Resistance’ network.


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