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Dissent! Refracted

Histories, Aesthetics and Cultures of Dissent


Edited By Ben Dorfman

This collection of essays addresses the ongoing problem of dissent from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives: political philosophy, intellectual history, literary studies, aesthetics, architectural history and conceptualizations of the political past. Taking a global perspective, the volume examines the history of dissent both inside and outside the West, through events in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries both nearer to our own times as well as more distant, and through a range of styles reflecting how contested and pressing the problem of dissent in fact is. Drawing on a range of authors and international problematics, the contributions discuss the multiple ways in which we refract memories of dissent in cultural, historical and aesthetic context. It also discusses the diverse ideas, images and phenomena we use to do so.
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Ben Dorfman (ed.) is associate professor of intellectual and cultural history at Aalborg University (Denmark). Ben writes and teaches on a range of issues in political and cultural history and theory and human rights. His forthcoming book is Opinions and Interventions: 13 Acts of Academic Journalism and Historical Com- mentary on Human Rights (Peter Lang). Barbara J. Falk is associate professor in the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College/Royal Military College of Canada, and is the author of The Dilemmas of Dissidences: Citizen Intellectuals and Philosopher Kings (Central European University Press, 2003). Her work broadly examines the persecution and prosecution of dissent, especially as a result of international conflict. She is currently writing a book on the 1949 trial of the CPUSA leaders in New York and the other Smith Act trials. Janina Gosseye is a research fellow of the Methods and Analysis Research Group at TUDelft (The Netherlands) and of the Architecture Theory Criticism History Research Centre (ATCH) at the University of Queensland (Australia). Her re- search focuses the notion of collectivity in post-war architecture and is situated at the nexus of architectural theory and social and political history. John Macarthur is a professor in and directs the ATCH (architecture, theory, criticism, history) Research Centre at the University of Queensland. He writes on intellectual history and his current project is on the aesthetics of architecture. Barbara Martin is finishing a PhD on Soviet dissident historians of the Brezhnev era at the Graduate Institute of International and...

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