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Crisis Means Turning Point: A Manifesto for Art and Accountability

Doris Sommer

in A Time for the Humanities

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229192
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229192.003.0013
Crisis Means Turning Point: A Manifesto for Art and Accountability

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This chapter argues that it is important that people find ways of developing “best cultural practices,” that enable the humanities and humanists to engage with and activate the public sphere, and thus move beyond the insight afforded by critical practices that usually offer critique while leading to inaction. It provides several examples in support of its argument, which include Antanas Mockus, artist and mayor of Bogotá; and Augusto Boal, founder of “Theater of the Oppressed” and “Forum Theater” and twice councilman of Rio de Janeiro.

Keywords: art; humanities; crisis; turning point; accountability; cultural practices; Antanas Mockus; Augusto Boal

Chapter.  6740 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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