From Los Angeles to Hong Kong, from Dubai to Moscow, a proliferation of monuments accompanies the growth of our globalized world. As contemporary urban spaces become increasingly connected, and private and public spheres conflate in intricate fashions, monuments appear to be more than simple markers of historical awareness. Today’s monuments indicate institutional contexts of influence and commemoration, but they can also emerge as temporary manifestations of dissent and resistance. Gathering some of the most remarkable critical voices of the moment, this first symposium will examine these contexts and the strategic roles monuments play within them.
||David Graeber is an American anthropologist, activist and political theorist. He is the author of, among other influential books, The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement (Spiegel & Grau, 2013); Debt: The First 5000 Years (Melville House, 2011); Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire (AK Press, 2007); Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology (Prickly Paradigm / University of Chicago Press, 2004); and Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams (Palgrave, 2001). Graeber is a professor at the London School of Economics, currently conducting research on the origins of social inequality.|
||Svetlana Boym is a writer, theorist, and artist. She is the author of Another Freedom: The Alternative History of an Idea (University of Chicago Press, 2010); Architecture of the Off-Modern (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008); Territories of Terror: Memories and Mythologies of Gulag in Contemporary Art (Boston University Art Gallery, 2006); the novel Ninochka (SUNY, 2003); and The Future of Nostalgia (Basic Books, 2001). Select exhibitions include the upcoming Off-Modern: Ruins of the Future (Moscow Biennial, 2013); Phantasmagorias of History (Watchtower, off-Berlin Biennale, 2010); and Historiar_Imaginar (CA2M, Madrid, 2009). Boym is the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literatures at Harvard University and a faculty associate of the Graduate School of Design. |
||Tom McDonough is associate professor and chair of art history at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where he teaches the history of the European avant-gardes and modern art and architecture. His most recent book is the anthology The Situationists and the City (Verso, 2009); other publications include “The Beautiful Language of My Century”: Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945 –1968 (MIT Press, October Books, 2007), and the anthology Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents (MIT Press, October Books, 2002). From 2005 to 2012 he was an editor at Grey Room|