Arts and Hegemony

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Burning reason

Metin Parlak- ICD program coordinator

The concept of cultural hegemony was tackled by Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci who developed a framework which dictates that the ideas of the ruling class are channelled into society with the aim of establishing artificial norms. Such norms stemming from ideological, religious or nationalistic beliefs are said to benefit everyone, but in truth they merely pave the way for the ruling class’ ideal society. Book burning has been consistently used throughout human history as a physical manifestation of cultural hegemony; books deemed undesirable have been burned, usually in a ceremonial fashion for all to see and to convey a united assault on the works. Continue reading


Arts as Cultural Diplomacy Blog Weekly Theme: Arts and Hegemony

Introduction by Letizia Binda-Partensky


The Battle for Nusvenska

by Alex Wells (News Team Programme Coordinator)

A typical day in Sweden might go a bit like this. You watch public service television, and eat fast food; if you have know-how, you make en deal; you wear en t-shirt, chatta on the net and watch en stand-up comedian perform live. As the forces of globalization and new media  relentlessly march forward, all the while creating new possibilities for cultural contact, the old boundaries of language begin to seep—and Swedish is no exception. Continue reading

Teutonic Nights: How Europe Turned The Tide on American Culture

by John O’Leary (News Team Programme Coordinator)

Being young and ambitious in the cultural vacuum of post-war Germany was to be suffocated by the weight of history inherited from the misdeeds of another generation. To be young and African-American in Detroit in the Nineteen Eighties was to face the frustration of a limited future with no opportunity to rise above social expectations. Despite the gulf in culture, a common bond was formed between these youth movements through a shared obsession for industrial rhythms. Continue reading

The London Art as Cultural Diplomacy ConferenceAugust 21st, 2013


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