Three books that will be added to the on-going bibliography, taking us from eastern Europe to South Asia and beyond.
Nikolchina, M. (2012) Lost Unicorns of the Velvet Revolutions: Heterotopias of the Seminar. New York: Fordham University Press
“This book examines the eastern European seminar of the late 1980s and early 1990s-an ongoing academic meeting place outside the formal rubric of the university-tracing its evolution into a social movement on the street and identifying the political force of the theoretical conversations that took place there. It also shows how these theories reflect the loss of socialist idealisms and established materialist frameworks that eventually evolved into a set of heterotopic visions with a fundamentally altered sense of materialism. It provides both glimpses of a genuinely alternative world to the Western academy that its denizens are so prone to critique, one in which oral discourse and dialogism were especially prominent values, and a utopian view of the Western intellectual world from that now-lost space”.
Bhagavan, M. (2010) Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia. New Delhi: OUP India.
“Laid out as a series of three inter-related conversations, this volume investigates the diverse discourses of identity politics that relate the nationalist movement to current concerns and debates. Focusing upon the peripheries of modern India-states of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir-the first section explores local and regional nationalisms at play at marginalized spaces. It highlights their relationship with the homogenizing nationalism of the centre. The next examines literary production to delineate the plurality of narrative and consciousness. The final part explores the works of Mohammed Iqbal and Mohandas Gandhi while the conclusion provides a post-history of communalism. Overall, the volume deals with the multiplicity of historical experiences both within and without the discourse of nationalism”.
Pakesch, P. Trantow, K. (2011) Measuring the World: Heterotopias and Knowledge Spaces in Art. Kunsthaus Graz: Buchhandlung Walther Konig GmbH & Co.
“Measuring the World accompanies a group show at the Kunsthaus Graz in Austria which explored the taxonomies of the museum through the work of 41 artists interested in ordering and classification systems and displays. Examples include Broodthaers’ visual lists, Ai Weiwei’s map made of tree trunks and Sugimoto’s photographs of museum dioramas”.