Text/authors: Rosi Braidotti, Kurt De Boodt, Pascal Gielen, Barend van Heusden, Andreas Kinneging, György Konrád, Thijs Lijster, Isabell Lorey, Jan Masschelein, Anoek Nuyens, Maarten Simons, Naema Tahir   ..  Editors: Pascal Gielen
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No Culture, No Europe

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Over the past decade, the European Union has fallen into a drawn-out crisis, politically as well as economically. In this book, the authors argue that analyses of this crisis miss an important element: culture. Faith in politics, like faith in a European currency, is first and foremost a cultural issue. Democracy is a matter of political culture, just as good economic relations are a matter of economic culture. So, culture as a shared frame of reference and as something that lends meaning to people’s lives is not the superstructure but the very foundation or substructure of any society.

Its essays analyze and describe both theoretical models and straightforward, concrete and provocative examples that clarify this central thesis: culture is an essential, binding fabric of investigating and assessing our identity, our human activities and how we can critically reflect on these. What would happen if culture succeeded in giving the European project a completely different meaning or sense? more

Pascal Gielen (1970) is director of the Arts in Society research centre at Groningen University, where he is Associate Professor of the Sociology of Art. Gielen is also editor-in-chief of the book series ‘Arts in Society’ (Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg & Groningen University).

He has written several books on contemporary art, cultural heritage and cultural politics. His publications include Being an Artist in Post-Fordist Times (2009,NAi Publishers), The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude (2009, 2010 and 2015, Valiz), Teaching Art in the Neoliberal Realm (ed., 2013, Valiz), Creativity and other Fundamentalisms (Mondriaan Foundation, 2013), Community Art (ed., 2011, 2013, Valiz) Institutional Attitudes (ed., 2013, Valiz), The Ethics of Art (ed., 2014, Valiz), Alternative Mainstream (ed., 2014, Valiz) and Aesthetic Justice (ed., 2015, Valiz). more

Gielen’s research focuses on cultural politics and the institutional contexts of the arts. His books have been translated into English, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. back
No Culture, No Europe: On the Foundation of Politics
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