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Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics

Editors: Howland, Douglas, Lillehoj, Elizabeth, Mayer, Maximilian (Eds.)

  • Provides in-depth, interdisciplinary exploration of the co-constitution of art and sovereignty around the world, today and in the past 
  • Examines art in its global manifestations as property and national patrimony, as well as the claims that art makes on behalf of citizenship and political identities
  • Engages art as a crucial repository of meaning to those who hope to demonstrate the power of the sovereign state, as well as for those who hope to undermine that power
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About this book

This volume aims to question, challenge, supplement, and revise current understandings of the relationship between aesthetic and political operations. The authors transcend disciplinary boundaries and nurture a wide-ranging sensibility about art and sovereignty, two highly complex and interwoven dimensions of human experience that have rarely been explored by scholars in one conceptual space. Several chapters consider the intertwining of modern philosophical currents and modernist artistic forms, in particular those revealing formal abstraction, stylistic experimentation, self-conscious expression, and resistance to traditional definitions of “Art.” Other chapters deal with currents that emerged as facets of art became increasingly commercialized, merging with industrial design and popular entertainment industries. Some contributors address Post-Modernist art and theory, highlighting power relations and providing sceptical, critical commentary on repercussions of colonialism and notions of universal truths rooted in Western ideals. By interfering with established dichotomies and unsettling stable debates related to art and sovereignty, all contributors frame new perspectives on the co-constitution of artworks and practices of sovereignty.

About the authors

Douglas Howland is Buck Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. He is, most recently, author of International Law and Japanese Sovereignty: The Emerging Global Order in the 19th Century (2016) and co-editor (with Luise White) of The State of Sovereignty: Territories, Laws, Populations (2009).

Elizabeth Lillehoj is Professor of Asian Art History with a specialization in premodern Japan, teaching at DePaul University in Chicago, USA. She is the editor of three volumes on East Asian art and author of Art and Palace Politics in Japan, 1580s-1680s (2011).

Maximilian Mayer is Research Professor at the German Studies Center of Tongji University, Shanghai, with a specialization in International Relations, Science, Technology, and Arts. He is co-editor of The Global Politics of Science and Technology Vol.1 and Vol.2 (2014).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Art and Sovereignty

    Mayer, Maximilian (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • Space and Sovereignty: A Reverse Perspective

    Cerella, Antonio

    Pages 31-57

  • The International Movement to Protect Literary and Artistic Property

    Howland, Douglas

    Pages 59-87

  • Dongbei, Manchukuo, Manchuria: Territory, Artifacts, and the Multiple Bodies of Sovereignty in Northeast Asia

    Rujivacharakul, Vimalin

    Pages 89-119

  • Claims

    Danchev, Alex

    Pages 121-140

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eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics
Editors
  • Douglas Howland
  • Elizabeth Lillehoj
  • Maximilian Mayer
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95016-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95016-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95015-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 320
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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