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DOI : 10.60527/1jqg-4x93
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EHESS. (2019, 22 février). 7- PublicDemoS Public, Space, Democracy , in PublicDemos. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. https://doi.org/10.60527/1jqg-4x93. (Consultée le 19 mai 2024)

7- PublicDemoS Public, Space, Democracy

Réalisation : 22 février 2019 - Mise en ligne : 8 mars 2021
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Public space is the place for assembly, the hub of democracy as well as the manifestation of power and (dis)empowerment of persons. PublicDemoS Project explores the ways in which new forms of public agency extend politics to everyday life experiences by avenues of artistic expressions and aesthetic forms. The core aim of this project is to understand new politics of performative citizenship and public (un)making in multicultural settings. 

Project Directed by Nilüfer Göle 

EHESS/NOMIS Foundation 

International Studygroup on Spatial Dimensions of Public Memory

Meeting on 22 February 2019


The public space is not an empty neutral place, nor it is devoid of power relations. It is deeply imbued with regulation of social space, layers of memory, offering a scene for present day politics, but also an historical archive with different temporalities, inhabitants, monuments and events. Can physical space contribute to creating commonalities and linkage points between different publics? Or does the space, as a marker of identity and power politics become an obstacle for cultural sharing and society making? The claims over meaning and ownership of public space opening up a battlefield over its competing interpretations and contested memories will be discussed as part of global democratic agendas. 

Interviews :

1. Jing Wang, PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department at Rice University

 “You presented the case of Tian’anmen Square; by which forms Tian’amen continues in the present?”

 2. Parand Danesh, PhD candidate at CESPRA, EHESS

“You presented Iran-Iraq War iconography in Tehran streets. How the official narrative of the figure of martyr makes grieving impossible in Iran?”

3. Erdag Aksel, Artist and Professor of Art at Sabanci University

“What is the tensions for an artist when bringing work, especially sculpture, to public exposure?” 




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