Keep Calm, It’s Only Fiction! Outweirding Post-truth Politics through Grammars of Protest & Artivism
How do new grammars of protest and artivism mobilize fiction to defamiliarize constructions of ‘common sense’ and ‘the new normal’ while countering the co-opting of fiction by post-truth politics?
The surge of populism and post-truth rhetoric is reconfiguring the relation between fact and fiction, the common and the strange. While promoting common sense, populism also uses crisis-narratives that tap into speculative fiction. Critical responses to this rhetoric can emerge from functions of fiction itself. This project explores challenges to post-truth politics through protest and artistic interventions that combine fictional modes with defamiliarizing strategies. Probing events along 3 categories – spectral bodies, weird bodies, (anti)utopian spaces – it traces this trend internationally, focusing on protest cultures in Southern Europe vis-à-vis environments of crisis and nativism.
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