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The ECPR General Conference in Oslo, September 2017

Forthcoming 2018: https://ecpr.eu/Events/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=770&EventID=115

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Section Chair 
Roberto Farneti Free University of Bozen-Bolzano 
Section Co-Chairs 
Frank Möller University of Tampere 
Serena Giusti Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Politics and the Arts
Abstract: Contemporary art has been addressing human rights, ethnicity and indigenousness in somewhat spectacular ways, engaging larger publics, always raising the political stakes and the public salience of its action. The artwork is now a medium for people to gather knowledge and insight into politics, and earlier artistic experiments in social critique (from Guernica, to the situationist pranks of the 1950s, to Beuys’s 7000 Oaks project) have developed into diffused, large-scale performances in which sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, and film serve a political purpose. Contemporary art is becoming a critical tool in processes of critique, contestation, and negotiation over memories, beliefs and routines. Memories crystallize in sites, symbols, narratives, and “heritage communities” (this definition is from the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society), and resist attempts to gain perspective and release new discourses. Artworks have challenged this rearguard, their liberating effects is obvious, and their force is reflected in the new status that Museums have gained in our social landscapes. Artists like Ai Weiwei make political statements through simple actions and performances, and these actions resonate on a global scale, affecting our perception of human rights in situations like the current refugee crisis. 

The ECPR General Conference in Montreal, August 2015
  • the Standing Group has put together a section titled Art, Politics and Experience of Peace and War, chaired by Susanna Hast and Frank Möller.
In Pisa Joint Session 2016 Polarts Group is co-operating with  the Workshop Imagining Violence: The Politics of Narrative and Representation
  • Workshop Director: Mathias Thaler, University of Edinburgh
  • Workshop Co-Director: Mihaela Mihai, University of York


  • the Standing Group has put together a section titled Politics and Arts of Peace, chaired by Kia Lindroos and Frank Möller.