1st Edition

Public Space Democracy Performative, Visual and Normative Dimensions of Politics in a Global Age

Edited By Nilüfer Göle Copyright 2022
    324 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume takes a global view of the emergence of public protest movements over the last decade, asking whether such movements contribute to the globalization of civil society. Through a variety of studies, organised around the themes of public agency, public norms, public memory and public art, it considers the tendency of political contestations to move beyond national boundaries and create transnational connections. Departing from the approaches of social movements perspectives, it focuses on public space as a site of social "mixity" and opens up a new field for the study of politics and cultural controversies. An analysis of the paradigmatic change in the way in which society is made and politics is conducted, this study of the new enactment of citizenship in public space will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, geography and politics with interests in protest movements and contentious politics, citizenship and the public sphere, and globalization.


    Nilüfer Göle

    Part I: Public Agency as a New Form of Protest

    1. Public Space Democracy, Assembly and Creativity

    Nilüfer Göle

    2. What Theory for the New Protest Movements?

    Boyan Znepolski

    3. Embedding the Prefigurations of Gezi Protests: The Rhizomatic Spread of New Subjectivities and Politicized Identities

    Baran Alp Uncu

    4. Çarşı in the Gezi Park Protests in Istanbul: New Forms of Public Agency in a Square Movement

    Gökçe Tuncel

    5. Protest Repertoires During Ukraine's Euromaidan: Historical Traditions, Memory Politics and New Public Agency

    Tom Junes

    6. Transmuting Civic Horizontality of 15M into Civil Verticality in Spain: Collective Presences and Representative Governance

    Pablo Ouziel

    Part II: Public Culture and Norm Conflicts

    7. Manaf Halbouni’s Monument Installation in Dresden (2017): Contesting Memories and the Politics of Art

    Sarah Dornhof

    8. The Case of MF Husain in Democratic India: Art, Politics and Offence

    Peter Ronald Desouza

    9. Da’wa Through Conviviality and Arts in Molenbeek: Beer, Coffee and the Frictions of the Public.

    Nadia Fadil and Maryam Kolly

    10. The Case of AKM Building in Istanbul: Public Sphere Under (Re)Construction

    Zeynep Ugur

    Part III: Public Memory, Monuments and Art Forms

    11. Sites, Selfies, and Contemporary Transnational Commemoration

    Mechtild Widrich

    12. The Armenian Cultural Heritage and Architecture in Turkey: The Emergence of Plural Memories in the Public Space

    Nazli Temir

    13. Martyr Iconography in Post-War Iran: When Public Memorialization Leads to Grieving Obstruction

    Parand Danesh

    14. Contemporary Artists on the Traces of the Mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov in Sofia: Memory Debates and Public Space

    Ina Belcheva

    Part IV: Public Transgressions and Artistic Interventions

    15. Art for Demos

    Erdag Aksel

    16. Aesthetic Struggles in Algiers (1988–2018)

    Mustapha Benfodil

    17. Mutterzunge, the Silence in the Park

    Misal Adnan Yildiz

    18. From Maydan-Kiev to University of Salah Adin in Iraq

    Emeric Lhuisset

    19. How Visual Artwork Publicise Forgotten Memories?

    Ali Akay


    Nilüfer Göle is Professor of Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France. She is the author of The Daily Lives of Muslims: Islam and Public Confrontation in Contemporary Europe, Islam and Secularity: The Future of Europe’s Public Sphere and the editor of Islam and Public Controversy in Europe.