Partisan Cultures: Weapons of Mass Creation

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Partisan Cultures: Weapons of Mass Creation
1 – 2 October 2021
Volkstheater Wien

This seminar revisits various inspiring experiences—political, artistic, and pedagogical—of partisan struggles of the long twentieth century. Expanding the traditional scope of research on partisan movements to look beyond the antifascist and national liberation struggles of the Second War World, we propose an understanding of these movements as configurative models of radical cultural and political production imbued with an anticolonial and internationalist spirit that operated throughout the long twentieth century and that can be traced to the struggles of today.

Alongside a historical analysis, the Partisan Cultures: Weapons of Mass Creation seminar aims to offer a critical resignification and use of the concepts of the “partisan” and “partisanship”, both in the realm of contemporary art as well as in political practice, in light of rising right-wing authoritarianism around the globe.


15.00 – 15.30 Introduction

15.30 – 18.00 Panel 1. Partisan and Anticolonial Struggles of Yesterday and Today: Return to/of Partisan Figure

Participants: Angela Dimitrakaki, Dilar Dirik, Gal Kirn, Anne Garland Mahler

18.00 – 18.30 Break

18.30 – 19.30

Keynote: Vijay Prashad

11.00 – 13.30 Panel 2. Potent Ways of Adverting Political Melancholy

Participants: Jihan El-Tahri, Aziza Harmel, Kirill Medvedev, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 17.00 Panel 3. Culture as a weapon of Liberation and Solidairty

Participants: Paula Barreiro López, Mariano Mestman, Sanjukta Sunderason, Mohanad Yaqubi

17.30 – 18.30 Film Screening ANDRI (1924-1944) and Discussion with the director Andrina Mračnikar.

20.30 – 21.30 Concert with Arkadiy Kots Band

The number of participants is limited, we kindly ask you to register in advance at

This International Seminar is organized by Kunsthalle Wien in collaboration with Volkstheater Wien and the project  Ré.Part – Partisan Resistance(s): Visual culture, collective imagination and revolutionary memory of the Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA)
Imagen: Jože Petek, National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia