P28
The aesthetics of governance

Convenors:
Maya Dodd
Dalia Wahdan (Foundation for Liberal and Management Education)
Chair:
Maya Dodd
Discussant:
Dalia Wahdan
Location:
SIS Appadurai Committee Room
Start time:
5 April, 2012 at 8:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel will discuss the emerging aesthetics of democracy as (dis)played through spectacular narrations of corruption, the decentralization of opinions and the outbreak of popular mass movements aided and shaped by the advent of new media.

Long abstract:

This panel will discuss the emerging aesthetics of democracy as (dis)played through spectacular narrations of corruption, the decentralization of opinions and the outbreak of popular mass movements aided and shaped by the advent of new media. Thematically, it opens debates on how the state structures public culture through governance and ownership of media; how citizens seek to activate dissent through varying technologies of witness; how diverse practices of governance and modes of state-civil society interactions emerge and how public cultures are impacted aesthetically. Papers in this panel seek to historicize modalities of governance and modes of improvisation and reconstruction of individual freedoms.