1st Edition

Cultures of Silence The Power of Untold Narratives

Edited By Luísa Santos Copyright 2023
    230 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the notion of silence as both an oppressing instrument and a powerful tool of resistance under the lenses and practices of cultural production.

    Taking a transdisciplinary and transcultural approach to the study of creative and cultural practices, the chapters ask how cultural production is dealing with surges of oppressive regimes, censorship, and fake news, and which cultural processes are implied in silencing as well in giving voice to, in erasing, and in producing small and grand narratives. The book reaches beyond dominant instrumental views of contemporary cultural practice to understand culture not only as an expedient to conduct social policy but also as a diagnostic tool and a vernacular space of giving voice to the many small narratives that make the world we live in.

    Offering an introduction to an underrepresented area of cultural studies, this truly interdisciplinary volume will be of interest to scholars of cultural studies, cultural history, media studies, politics, visual studies, communication studies, history, and literature.

    List of Figures
    List of Contributors

    Telling a Story of Silence(s) in Three Parts
    Luísa Santos

    Part I: (Embodied) Silence and Memory

    1. Un-Silencing Bodies, Un-Silencing Lives: Artistic (Self-)Decoloniality and Artistic (Self-)Empowerment
    Ana Fabíola Maurício

    2. The Sound of Silence in the Age of Man
    Diana Gonçalves

    3. Ecocritical Perspectives on Nuclear Silence: Listening Across Multiple Scales
    Hannah Klaubert

    Part II: (Imposed) Silence and Identity

    4. Burning Silence in the Country House: On Colonial Torchères at Betlér Manor
    Rado Ištok

    5. Queer Silences: Art, Sexuality and Acoustic Neuroma (The Art of Samak Kosem)
    Vlad Strukov

    6. Silence as a Weapon of Power Within the Context of the Portuguese Dictatorship
    Irene Flunser Pimentel

    7. [Inaudible]: The Politics of Silence in the Work of Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Gabrielle Goliath
    Sven Christian

    Part III: (Acts Of) Silence and Resistance
    8. Undoing Language: Gender Dissent and The Disquiet of Silence
    Athena Athanasiou

    9. Rest as Resistance: From Self-Care to Decolonial Narratives
    Sofia Ana Elise Steinvorth

    10. Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19 Pandemic: Addressing a Pervasive Public Health Issue Through an Upstream Multi-Systems Approach
    Nazilla Khanlou, Luz Maria Vazquez, and Soheila Pashang


    11. On the Subject of Silence
    Tânia Ganito



    Luísa Santos holds a PhD in Culture Studies from the Humboldt & Viadrina School of Governance, in Berlin, Germany and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, in London, UK. She is Assistant Researcher and Assistant Professor in Culture Studies/Artistic Studies at the CECC (Research Centre for Communication and Culture), Faculty of Human Sciences, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal, having been granted a Gulbenkian Professorship between 2016 and 2019. Having authored various publications in the domains of art and society, Luísa Santos sits on the editorial and scientific boards of the peer-reviewed magazines Estúdio, Gama, and Croma, and of the Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS – Research Group Moving Image Kiel), Büchner-Verlag. Since 2018, she has been the co-artistic director of the nanogaleria, an independent curatorial project which she co-founded with Ana Fabíola Maurício.

    "This book is an ambitious attempt to provide insights into and the necessary context for the field of research on cultural practices where silence can be utilized as both a tool of oppression and an instrument of resistance.

    By combining different approaches, this book’s authors contribute to forming a new interdisciplinary research field where silence is seen as both a tool of oppression and an instrument of resistance. In this regard, the volume will be of interest not only to specialists in cultural, art, queer, or gender studies, but also to philosophers, historians, psychologists, and sociologists, who can find in the texts fresh ideas and new approaches to the study of the phenomenon of silence, which, despite its comprehensive nature, has not yet been adequately reflected in the research literature."

    -- Aleksandr Veselov, in The February Journal, 01-02: 161-170. DOI: 10.35074/FJ.2023.94.98.009