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Public Space Democracy

International Study Group on Norm Conflicts and Art Forms in the (Un)Making of Publics

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Published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Public space is the place for assembly of people, empowerment of persons. It is the hub of democracy as well as the manifestation of state power. PubliCdemoS Project explores the ways in which new forms of public agency extends politics to everyday life experiences, opening up avenues of artistic expressions and aesthetic forms. The core aim of this project is to renew democratic agendas by politics of performative citizenship and public making in multicultural settings.



Public sphere, as an ideal type, has been conceptualized as a discursive realm, enlightened sphere of ideas, opinions and rational debate in a national democratic context. In the contemporary era, cultural heterogeneity and global connections challenge the unity of national communities and its norms. Art becomes part of norms conflicts and reveals the controversial dimensions of the public sphere. We will explore plurality of perspectives in multicultural settings for the emancipatory potential of the public sphere.


Friday, 13 October 2017

9.30 Nilüfer Göle, Art and Public Controversy

10.00 - 11.30 Session 1

10.00 Judit Carrera, Architecture and Culture for Democratizing City Life

10.30 Yaman Kayaba, Art of Troublemaking in Gezi

11.00 Duo comments followed by discussion

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 - 13.30 Session 2

12.00 Sarah Dornhof, Contesting Memories and the Politics of Art: Manaf Halbouni’s Monument Installation in Dresden (2017)

12.30 Marina Repezza, The Mosque by Christoph Büchel: Contemporary Art

between Profanation and Consecration. Analysis of a controversy at the 56th Venice Biennale

13.00 Duo comments followed by discussion

13.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Session 3

14.30 Peter Ronald deSouza, Politics and the profane: the case of the artist MF Husain

15.00 Pénélope Larzillière, Political framing, artistic deframing? Key issues

and controversies on artistic works on the iconography of ‘martyrdom’ Lebanon/Palestine

15.30 Duo comments followed by discussion

Saturday, 14 October 2017

09.30-11.00 Session 4

09.30 Nadia Fadil, Maryam Kolly,Da’wa through ‘melting pot’ and arts

10.00 Nur Yasemin Ural, Law and Affective Order: Entanglements of Religious Feelings and Secular Affects

10.30 Duo comments followed by discussion

11.00-12.30 Session 5

11.00 Camil Ungureanu, Nihilism, religious fantasy, and humor in Michel Houellebecq’s “Submission”

11.30 Konstantinos Eleftheriadis, A savage psychanalysis of the Nation”:

The public debate on Todd’s “Qui est Charlie?”

12.00 Duo comments followed by discussion

Project directed by:

Nilüfer Göle EHESS/NOMIS

Team members

  • Warda Hadjab
  • Zeynep Uğur
  • Gökçe Tuncel

Registrations via: publicdemosgroups@gmail.com


  • Room 13 - 105 boulevard Raspail
    Paris, France (75006)


  • Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017


  • Public sphere, counterpublic, art, norm conflict, blasphemy, democracy


  • Zeynep Ugur
    courriel : zeynepugur8969 [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Zeynep Ugur
    courriel : zeynepugur8969 [at] gmail [dot] com


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« Public Space Democracy », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, https://calenda.org/417672

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