Workshop “Culture as Politics” – Berlin, 19.7.2017

Culture has become not only an important economic factor but also an essential tool for the state to manage the social order, for the reproduction of symbolic hegemony and for identity politics. Looking at the examples of Russia, Poland and others, this workshop asks whether culture still has any emancipatory potential when it has largely been appropriated by conservative discourse, populist politics and the neoliberal market. The concluding panel discussion will look at India, Russia and Turkey and examine the uses of ‘culture’ in strengthening (or inhibiting) currently growing political authoritarian tendencies.

Speakers: Susanne Frank (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Ilya Kalinin (Prisma Ukraïna Fellow 2017; State University St. Petersburg), Vyacheslav Morozov (University of Tartu), Andrii Portnov (Prisma Ukraïna; Forum Transregionale Studien), Tomasz Zarycki (University of Warsaw)

Please find more information about the program online.