SUMMARY:Despite the often limited accounts of dissent in the mainstream media coverage of the Arab uprisings in 2010-2011, dissident movements alongside oppositional forms of cultural production have challenged authoritarian regimes in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere for decades. At the same time, state agents and state cultural institutions have attempted to dictate and limit the terms of literary, artistic, and intellectual engagement not only through sponsorship and patronage but also censorship, and other directly repressive acts such as surveillance, detention and forced exile.
How and to what effect do writers, artists and intellectuals engage in acts of opposition against the politics of a given state both directly and indirectlyl How do they work to challenge undemocratic state policies and the politics of authoritarianism both individually and collectivelye What types of aesthetic interventions do different authors and creative actors produce in order to perform dissent and contravene the directives of the political regimes under which they live, and how are these interventions transformed in a revolutionary contextt How do writers', artists' and intellectuals' engagements with the state challenge traditional concepts of authority, authoritarianism, and authorshipu Simultaneously, how do writers, artists, and intellectuals negotiate with the issues of state co-option of dissidence and critique, state patronage, state propaganda, and state censorship.
This panel will include papers discussing these issues that are intended for a planned edited volume on the topic of dissent.
DISCIPLINES:Lit; Media Arts