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Dissent! Refracted

Histories, Aesthetics and Cultures of Dissent


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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Janina Gosseye & John Macarthur - Angry Young Architects: Counterculture and the Critique of Modernism in Brisbane, 1967–


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Janina Gosseye & John Macarthur

Angry Young Architects: Counterculture and the Critique of Modernism in Brisbane, 1967–1972

Abstract By 1967, Brisbane architecture students had had enough. Disenchantment with their “outdated” architectural education and the rigidity of the Australian architectural establishment opened out onto the wider context of the Moratorium opposing the Vietnam War and the reactionary Queensland Government of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen. This chapter describes how between 1967 and 1972, through a series of organized “events,” this generation of Brisbane architects began a critique of architecture’s modernist orthodoxy as an intrinsic part of a wider reaction to global events and politics of the State of Queensland.

One of the largest protest marches in Queensland’s history took place on September 8th, 1967, when students marched some five kilometers from the University of Queensland (UQ) to Brisbane’s city center, demanding an end to conscription for the Vietnam War and wider civil liberties (Ferrier and Mansell 2004, 266–272). The protest was marshalled alphabetically by faculty, and then by year cohorts. This meant that the Architecture faculty was in front and the first year students at the head of the line. As a result, when protesters met a wall of police in the city center, almost the entire architecture student body was arrested. Paul Memmott, then a first year architecture student at UQ recalls: “… in our first year … 5000 people … marched into the city … and the police watched us the whole way and we...

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