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Welcome to the publishing platform of the State/Culture class at Central European University .

The class is designed and taught by Alexandra Kowalski and is attended by writers on this blog. Teaching material including full syllabus is here: http://ceulearning.ceu.edu.

Politics of culture and cultural policies have defined the modern national state since the late 18th century—and their relevance in the post-national era is now, paradoxically perhaps, only growing. The course offers a critical and historical overview of politics and policies of culture (including heritage policy) through the modern era, until the radical transformations of the most recent period. How and when did culture become an object of public policies and political concern? How and when did matter of knowledge become matter for identification? Is this politicization best explained as a product of imperialism, nationalism, commodification, class relations, race relations, inter-state relations, bureaucratic growth, rationalization, field dynamics, political ritual, or organizational differentiation? What is the difference between fascist, socialist, and liberal cultural policies, if there is any at all? How does cultural governance work in the post-national era, in a context of intense privatization, commodification, marketization, dematerialization, and quantification? What happens of schools, museums, concert halls, art markets, historic districts, cultural centers, heritage sites, national and local identities, art funding—among many other objects of modern political/cultural concern—in such context? How shall we map and understand the global governance of culture as it exists today, through the multiplicity of public, private, and non-governmental organizations operating at various geographic scales?

Such are some of the questions we’ll discuss and, when possible, answer through the class and posts here.

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