Culture, Politics, and Democracy

Recontextualization Processes between Cultural and Political Activities

The project takes its starting point from processes of translation between art and culture on the one hand and political thought and action on the other. These translations become effective in terms of democratic politics. In order for citizens to grant each other equaliberty (Balibar), a form of collective identity is required. In modern democracies, this collective identity has been created through the construction of the nation, within which culture plays a central role. This relationship between democracy, culture and art is becoming increasingly precarious in contemporary societies.

What is the significance of artistic and cultural productions for the stabilization and further development of democracies? What forms of knowledge are produced and how are they politically recontextualized? How can cultural policies be evaluated from the perspective of democracy? Which cultural policies are appropriate to contemporary migration societies?

Lead Researcher: Monika Mokre
Funding: ÖAW/ temporarily third-party-funding
Duration: 2009/01/01 – 2024/12/31

Photo: (c) Oliver Ressler. "Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies”. Installation (seit 2008), Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen.