excuse two to spend a summer in reyjkavik /cfp


General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research
Reyjkavik, 25-27 August 2011

It has been thirty years since the Saatchi & Saatchi’s hugely successful campaign for Margaret Thatcher. However, political advertising is no longer only used by competing parties before elections. Instead, recently, many governments have hired advertising agencies to promote and manage their country’s reputations. In Europe, countries emerging from the debris of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s are keen to disassociate themselves from their war-time images of conflict and violence, and seek to reposition themselves in the world. Thus, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and now Kosovo – among others – have launched nation branding campaigns. For Simon Anholt, who first coined the term ‘nation brand’, these campaigns are an extension of his original concept; and he has challenged their purpose and usefulness. Yet, governments continue to invest in nation branding. This panel examines the implications of governments using advertising to shape the nation. The process of creating a campaign is often concomitant to a process of nation building in post conflict societies. Thus, what exactly is being advertised? How do such campaigns shape the identity of the nation itself, nations that are often in transition? What kind of relationships do these campaigns seek to foster between its ‘product’ or ‘brand’ and its ‘consumer’? If the campaigns are intended to shape the perception of outsiders, then what are the implications for citizens and for civic society? If the campaigns are about representing the nation to the world, then surely we must consider who is included and excluded from such an image. On a broader level, what are the implications of states using capitalist strategies? What, then, is the relationship between the market and the nation state? This panel invites papers that interrogate the project of nation branding and its implications, as well as those that examine the consequences and outcomes of specific campaigns.

Please submit paper proposals by 1 February via the ECPR website. Please note that you do not have to be a member of the ECPR to submit a paper. If you need an extension, please get in touch with the panel chair.


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excuse one to spend the summer in reyjkavik /cfp


General Conference of European Consortium for Political Research, 25-27 August 2011, Reyjkavik

The collapse of the USSR and the Eastern Bloc, coupled with the sharp market turn taken by countries such as China and Vietnam, have given rise to a plethora of new aesthetic forms. Such transformations have occurred not only in the traditional arts (painting, music, theatre) but also in the broader culture sphere (space, architecture, new media). A dominant force driving such changes is the introduction of the market economy, which critics argue has enriched only a small number of elites. Through an inversion of working-class cultural hegemony promoted under socialism, the material and aesthetic desires of this newly enriched class have become the same desires of the under-classes. Additionally, it has been argued that the advent of global capitalism within former-socialist states has reified enclaves of socio-cultural difference hitherto resistant to such a project (Jameson). This “disneyfication” of elements ranging from collective memory to ethnic minority culture, i
llustrates how market forces are pressed into the service of re-emerging (and re-imagined) forms of nationalism. The proposed panel offers an interrogation of this totalizing scenario. Participants are invited to present work on various aesthetic practices and possibilities which resist, embrace, co-opt, re-invent, disrupt or are even indifferent to such forces. Speakers might want to address ways in which earlier socialist aesthetics continue to haunt the present; whether these forms offer any emacipatory value; whether the persistence of authoritarian rule in certain post-socialist states provides forms of resistance predicated on modernist notions of “Truth” (Badiou); and how such potential might contrast with post-modern parliamentary democracies in which such movements are no longer fashionable. The panel, which approaches questions of art and aesthetics in the broadest possible sense, encourages submissions from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, ar
t history, architecture, cultural studies, political science and urban studies.

Please submit paper proposals by 1 February via the ECPR website. You don’t have to be a ECPR member to proposal a paper.  If you need an extension, please get in touch with the panel chair.

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The Carmen conference has now expanded and morphed into a massive project entitled /carmen/karmen/s/ , an arts-academia-crossover experiment in three parts… check it out!

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