Discussion: Can Culture be Shut Down? @ Wilson Center
#CultureShutdown on Voice of America with Azra Akšamija and Jasmin Mujanović
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Jasmin Mujanović is a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University in Toronto. His dissertation is on the history of the state and participatory democratic alternatives thereto in Bosnia-Herzegovina. His commentary is regularly posted at Politics, Re-Spun but has also appeared on the New Left Project, ZNet, Balkan Insight, TransConflict, and in several academic journals and anthologies.
Azra Akšamija is the Class of 1922 Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of the Arts at MIT Art, Culture and Technology Program. In her multi-disciplinary work that bridges art, architecture and history, Akšamija investigates the politics of identity and cultural memory on the scale of the body (clothing and wearable technologies), on the civic scale (religious architecture and cultural institutions), and within the context of history and global cultural flows. Akšamija was born in Sarajevo and holds graduate degrees in architecture from Technical University Graz and Princeton University, and received PhD in History of Islamic Art and Architecture from MIT.
Susan C. Pearce is Assistant Professor of Sociology at East Carolina University. She conducts research on the cultural contexts of politics, particularly concerning ethnicity, migration, gender, and social movements. She is the recipient of two research grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Title VIII East European Studies program to study migration, gender-based violence, and Southeast Europe. She is the co-author of Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience from New York University Press, co-editor of two books on transitions in Eastern Europe, and author of journal articles and book chapters on the collective memory of the 1989 revolutions in East-Central Europe, immigration and intimate partner violence, and cultural changes in race relations. Her PhD is from the New School for Social Research.
Question and Answer
Moderator: James Snyder is a former member of the NATO International Staff in Brussels and translator of a respected history of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal by Swiss journalist Pierre Hazan.