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The National Question: Historiography and Critique from the Global Margins


Description for a panel I organized at the Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Friday, October 24, 2014.

Recent art historiography of the global periphery has tended to privilege the study of creative, institutional and commercial circuits at a supranational level, a tendency consistent with a post-Marxist turn away from political economy as a framework for cultural analysis over the past two decades. Far from advocating for a return to the study of national canons, much less the necessity of the national form as such, our roundtable session is interested in interrogating the extent to which the persistence and transmutation of the state affects the critical and methodological approach to the historiography of twentieth and twenty-first century art from the post-Socialist and post-colonial world. By raising a question that both plagued and animated the Marxist tradition, our roundtable seeks to bring the institutional, economic and ideological determinations of the national back into tension with the internationalization of financial markets and political movements of resistance. How does the revision of the national question help us to reframe issues of regional hegemony, self-determination, national-popular ideology, political radicalization and the transition to neoliberal capitalism in the critical recuperation of hitherto marginalized art histories?

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Karen Benezra, « The National Question: Historiography and Critique from the Global Margins », Blogs, Columbia University | LAIC, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (online), published on October 28, 2014. Full URL for this article

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