The Global Politics of Artistic Engagement

Beyond the Arab Uprisings


Volume Editor:
Are artistic engagements evolving, or attracting more attention? The range of artistic protest actions shows how the globalisation of art is also the globalisation of art politics. Here, based on multi-site field research, we follow artists from the MENA countries, Latin America, and Africa along their committed transnational trajectories, whether these are voluntary or the result of exile. With this global and decentred approach, the different repertoires of engagement appear, in all their dimensions, including professional ones. In the face of political disillusionment, these aesthetic interventions take on new meanings, as artivists seek alternative modes of social transformation and production of shared values.

Contributors are: Alice Aterianus-Owanga, Sébastien Boulay, Sarah Dornhof, Simon Dubois, Shyam Iskander, Sabrina Melenotte, Franck Mermier, Rayane Al Rammal, Kirsten Scheid, Pinar Selek, and Marion Slitine.

The Global Politics of Artistic Engagement: Beyond the Arab Uprisings is now available in paperback for individual customers.

Prices from (excl. shipping):

Add to Cart
Pénélope Larzillière, Ph.D. (EHESS) is Research Professor at the Ceped (Université Paris Cité and IRD). She works on political and moral sociology. Her more recent books include Activism in Jordan (Bloomsbury, 2016) and the co-edited journal issue "Justice, Injustice and Political Emotions" (Critique internationale, 91(2) 2021).
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: Repertoires of Engagement in Motion
Pénélope Larzillière

Part 1: Moving Repertoires of Engagement

1 Creating a Syrian Culture in Exile: The Reconfigurations of Engagement
Franck Mermier

2 The “Metamorphoses of the Political” in the Contemporary Art of Palestinian Post-Oslo Generation
Marion Slitine

3 Transnationalizing the Repertoires of Action: A Comparative View of African Rappers’ Engagements in Motion
Alice Aterianus-Owanga

4 Digital Artivism in Movement: The 2019 Lebanese Uprising’s Art on Instagram
Rayane al-Rammal

Part 2: Artistic Visibilities and Political Circulations, in Diaspora

5 Presence and International Journeys of Engaged West Saharan Singers
Sébastien Boulay

6 Young Documentary Theatre on Syrian Stages: An Aesthetic of Circulation, Exile, and Engagement
Simon Dubois

7 Anatolian Musicians in Europe: Creation, Political Engagement, Transformation
Pinar Selek

Part 3: Contest and Critique, in a Globalizing World

8 Palestinian Art Talk: A Local Lexicon for Global Art Production
Kirsten Scheid

9 Fictions of the Contemporary: The Shifting Spaces of the Marrakech Biennale
Sarah Dornhof

10 Focus on the Bahraini Art Scene: Centralization Processes and Social Engagement
Shyam Iskander

11 Embodying Absence: Remembering Mexico’s Missing Persons through Art
Sabrina Melenotte

This work draws on original and multi-situated field studies, taking stock of theoretical approaches to engagement and new theorizations of the role of art in politics. It should be of particular interest to researchers in these fields, as well as to postgraduate and undergraduate students of Art and Political Anthropology, Art and Political Sociology, in the Social Sciences, Social Theory, and Cultural and Global Studies.
  • Collapse
  • Expand